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The white Torrontes grape, once thought to be of Spanish origin, was revealed by DNA testing to be a hybrid of the old Mission grape and a Muscat varietal. The most widely planted white grape in Argentina, Torrontes is at its best when grown in Cafayate in the Calchaqui Valley in the northern province of Salta at elevations reaching more than 5,000 feet. Combining characteristics of Riesling, Viognier and Albarino wines, Crios exudes intriguing aromas of lychee, jasmine, grapefruit and rose petals followed by citrus and spice flavors, and it has an undercurrent of mineralilty and a lively acidity. Drink young. Good as an aperitif and a fine partner to ceviche, seafood empanadas, crabmeat dishes and Thai cuisine. Where to buy it: Martin Wine Cellars Uptown, Metairie and in Mandeville, Whole Foods Markets Uptown and Metairie and Prytania Liquor Store. Where to drink it: Cuvee, Cochon, La Boca, Rio Mar and Dakota in Covington. (Listings current at press time.)
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