Wines of Uruguay turned out to be a very pleasant surprise. In fact, I don’t remember tasting so many quality wines at once. Visiting 8 wineries, meeting an additional 4 producers and tasting more than 100 wines in 2 days could have been daunting, instead it was pure pleasure. Not only all wineries were extremely accommodating and welcoming, but their wines showed superb quality, as good if not better than some well known old world champs. I could go on and on about its beautiful aromas, structure and balanced acidity that makes me drool as I write this.
Tannat is the most planted grape and, I dare to say, the grape that put the wines of Uruguay on the map. However, other grapes shine just as much. Sauvignon Blanc has been fermented on its lees, Sauvignon Gris has gotten me crazy, Chardonnay reminded me of Burgundy, Merlot as good as St.Emilion Grand Cru, Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc for a Bordeaux style blend, and of course, Tannat- which has its origins in Madiran, France- reigns. I’ve had the whole spectrum; glorious, round, sometimes rough, sometimes luscious, often sublime.
I came back to NY so inspired and so full of energy that I wish I could plant Tannat in my backyard, even if it yielded a bad grape juice, but instead I am determined to promote their wines in any way I can. So, for starters you can come to Oak Wine Bar for a taste of about 6 different grape varieties and their respectively wineries. You can also go to your nearest wine store and try to find wines from Uruguay- you won’t be disappointed. And, if you see a wine from Uruguay on a restaurant’s wine list, just order it. Trust me.