Gouguenheim Wines

Argentina Delivers Big: Why Gouguenheim Wine is a Best Buy in PA

Ask a wine drinker if they like Malbec, and they’ll say, “I love wine from Argentina!” even though the grape is originally from France. And while, five years ago you could almost count on there being a bottle of something from California on a person’s kitchen counter, these days it’s more likely Argentine.

It is indisputable that Argentina has become a hot spot for wine lovers, and for good reason. So much great wine is being made here now, that you can buy world-class drinks for half the price of more famous regions. The country is the fifth largest wine producer in the world.

Most of this volume comes from one region alone: Mendoza, located west, in the foothills of the Andes mountains, along the border with Chile. This is where you’ll find the Gouguenheim winery.

patricio gouguenheimMeet Patricio

Born in Argentina to French parents, Winemaker Patricio Gouguenheim has been crazy about wine since his childhood. Originally a professional in Mergers and Acquisitions, his work took him to Mendoza during the economic crash of 2002. It was there that he first learned of an old winery in nearby Uco Valley, in disrepair and up for sale. A wild seed was planted, and in a move that his two daughters called, “mad,” Patricio decided to hang up his suit and tie – and start making wine.

The Winery

The winery has 98 acres of vineyards, located at over 3,600 feet above sea level. With a desert climate and 320 days of sun exposure a year, meltwater from the snow of the Andes Mountains must be carried by irrigation channels, through the sandy soils, to the vines. There’s a big temperature difference, called a Diurnal Swing, between day and night, that allows for the perfect ripening of the grapes.

The Wines

Gouguenheim has become one of the best performing/top quality wineries in Argentina. They currently make about 15 different wines and are distributed in 15 countries. Deschere’s is proud to bring Gouguenheim to the state of PA. We really believe these wines deliver so much, for the price! Read on to discover why:

37749 Gouguenheim Malbec
#73177: 2014 Gouguenheim Malbec Reserva – $11.99

Big, dry, fruity, rich and smooth with soft tannins. Dark ruby color, aromas of blackberry, spice, earth, coffee, smoke and toast. Good balance, long and lasting finish. A wine this bold and complex needs a bold and complex food pairing, we suggest French cassoulet, hearty beef stew or Lamb Tagine. More info here…

#73178: 2013 Gouguenheim Cabernet Reserva – $11.99

Beautiful dark red, with juicy black cherry, spice, dried figs and anise flavors. Smooth and rich! A more fruit-driven Cabernet like this is great with grilled red meats, burgers and tomato-based stews. More info here…

73623 Gouguenheim Sparkling Malbec
#72623: Gouguenheim Sparkling Malbec (Rosé) – $10.99

A pale rose color. Delicate, with red fruit aromas, predominantly of cherries and strawberries. Very fresh in the mouth, soft tones with well-balanced acidity. Small, brilliant bubbles. An amazing buy at this price, perfect for light apps, rich cheeses, and shellfish of all kinds! More info here…

Does all of this sound good? Be sure to look for Gouguenheim wines in your local PA Fine Wine & Good Spirits Store. We also import their Merlot, Chardonnay and a Torrontes too… all similarly great buys!

Want to learn more about Patricio and Gouguenheim wines? Check out this YouTube video:

Sheldrake Point Rose

Exploring the Finger Lakes: Sheldrake Point’s Dry Rosé

The Quick Sip
Just in time for Spring, we have a new rosé on the shelves! If you’ve never had a wine from the Finger Lakes region before, you’ll be surprised to see how good they are.

The Finger Lakes Region
Located in western/central New York, the area is named after 11 long, narrow lakes that resemble a handful of fingers (OK, maybe two-plus handfuls). And in turn, the lakes were named by the Native American Iroquois, the area’s original inhabitants. Lakes Seneca and Cayuga are the two largest lakes in the cluster, where most of the wineries are located.

The Wine Scene
Even though wine was made here as far back as the 1800s, it wasn’t until the 1960s that farmers began to take the Finger Lakes seriously. There are now over 100 wineries in the area, on 11,000 acres: It’s the largest wine producing area in New York. The region is often compared to Germany, as far as climate is concerned.

Sheldrake Point dry roséSheldrake Point
Sheldrake Point Winery, located on Cayuga Lake, has been in business since 1998. The 160 acre lakeshore site that is now Sheldrake Point Vineyard was operated as an orchard and dairy farm from 1850 until the mid 1980s. Owners Chuck Tauck and Fran Littin were attracted to the Finger Lakes wine industry during Chuck’s graduate work at the Cornell Hotel School. Together, they transformed the property into today’s winery and vineyard.


The Wine

Sheldrake Point’s Dry Rosé 2016 is made from 100% Cabernet Franc,
a French wine grape (famous in Bordeaux and the Loire Valley) that is starting to show some fantastic results in the region. Normally used to make red wines, this rosé is made by allowing the red grape skins to sit in the crushed juice for two days, just enough time to extract that beautiful salmon/onion-skin color.

The wine is floral and fruity, with an interesting herbal scent. It makes me think of orange peels, strawberries and sage. The sage/herbal smell is neat; typical of the Cab Franc grape when grown in a cooler climate. It’s zingy, acidic and lively, and you get this rush of tangy grapefruit, berries and even some minerals as it fades out on your tongue.

Enjoying Sheldrake Point Dry Rosé
As the weather warms up, rosés are all the rage, and rightfully so. They’re fun, refreshing and versatile (they’re also pretty to look at). Something light and zingy like this is perfect with appetizers and light fare. This would be great with a salad (add raspberry vinaigrette for additional wow factor), grilled veggies, light, spreadable cheeses, charcuterie, or my favorite: watermelon and arugula salad.

Sheldrake Point Dry Rosé 2016
Available in Pennsylvania’s Fine Wine and Good Spirits Stores
Item #17662
Price: $16.99