Argentine Viognier: excellent local versions of a non-traditional white grape.
The wine growing regions of Argentina are being charted with ever greater precision. Whereas just over a decade ago, geographic designations essentially followed political borders, lumping vast tracts of very different land in together, today producers are identifying the exact areas where meaningful distinctions can be made between local terroirs. This is certainly true of one of the newest Geographic Indications: San Pablo, which was approved in 2019.
The experience of eating the prickly monster that is the Centolla, or Chilean King Crab, involves much more than enjoying its tender flesh. Its arrival at the table is a show in itself: the intense orange colour, the knobbly, spiky carapace and threatening claws and legs might well put off more squeamish diners but once you’ve get past the tough exterior and try the extraordinarily tender flesh you’ll be hooked for life. So how best to cook it at home? It seems daunting but in fact it’s surprisingly simple. Before getting to the master recipe, let’s learn a little more about the sea creature.