Master of Wine offers taste of Argentina

Master of Wine Richard Bampfield talks to Irish Times wine correspondent John Wilson about Doña Paula and Argentina’s winemaking heritage


The second Santa Rita Estates and Irish Times consumer wine tasting took place recently in the Irish Times building. Guests in attendance were treated to a selection of Doña Paula wines, Ireland’s leading Argentinean wine, as well as meeting Richard Bampfield, wine educator at Doña Paula and Master of Wine, who hosted the event alongside the Irish Times wine correspondent, John Wilson. Richard and John gave guests an unrivalled insight into the history and background of Argentina’s winemaking heritage, Doña Paula’s range of Sauvignon Blanc, Malbec and Malbec Syrah and food pairing suggestions for these delicious wines.

Doña Paula wine prides itself on its Argentinian roots and attention to detail. The brand story began in 1990 when it created a period of research of different terroirs in Argentina with the aim of producing high quality wines. Passion, innovation and attention to detail are at the heart of Doña Paula. Producing the best of Argentinian wines in the premium wine growing regions of Mendoza, Doña Paula believes that excellent wine is nothing but the most faithful expression of the vineyard.

Upon arrival, wine enthusiasts were treated to an aperitif of Doña Paula Los Cardos Sauvignon Blanc, 2013 (€10.99). They then tasted Doña Paula Estate Sauvignon Blanc, 2012 (€14.99), after that it was onto Doña Paula Los Cardos Malbec, 2012 (€10.99) and then Doña Paula Estate Malbec, 2012 (€14.99) and Doña Paula Estate Malbec Syrah, 2010 (€14.99) which consumers were treated to Colomé Estate Malbec, 2011 (€ 24.99) and Doña Paula Seleccion de Bodega Malbec, 2008 (€35.00). Not a Doña Paula wine, Colomé Estate Malbec, 2011, added to the evening by offering guests the chance to taste a fine expression of the Malbec grape from another leading Argentinian vineyard.

Before the tasting, Richard met with Irish Time wine journalist, John Wilson, to talk about all things Doña Paula – watch the video here to find out what they talked about.

For further information on Doña Paula, visit www.donapaula.com.