Argentina's best-known white wine grape, torrontés is apparently a South American cross between muscat of Alexandria and the anonymous mission (or criolla) grape brought to the New World by Spanish missionaries in the 18th century. (The latter grape might be a clone of Spain's palomino.) There are three varieties of torrontés, riojano, sanjuanino, and mendocino; the first of these is by far the most common and goes into most of the torrontés seen in export markets. Like its parent, muscat of Alexandria, it produces extremely fragrant wines. These are usually medium in body, with some acidity and sometimes a hint of spice. There is a grape of the same name grown in the Spanish region of Galicia, but it is apparently unrelated.

Serve With

Lobster and other crustaceans, vegetable dishes, light pastas, or veal, and a wide range of Chinese, Thai, Indian, and Indonesian dishes.