Carpe Pasaporte: Living the Dream in Buenos Aires

Patrick Archer buenos aires events, lifestyle, tourism, wine & vineyards

While some of our home countries are drowning in debt, others lack optimism regarding job prospects and the economic outlook. It’s times like this when many begin to re-prioritize and ponder quality of life, a common narrative thread here on InvestBA. Whether it’s the annual International Living ranking or a wine expert lauding the “wonderfulness” of BA, or a foreign investor branding …

The Grapes of Wrath: Why Napa’s Loss Is Argentina’s Gain

Patrick Archer average prices, foreign investment, real estate, wine & vineyards

There’s nothing like a recession to test the limits of discretionary spending and consumer willingness to downshift to more affordable products and services. This has been especially true for U.S. wine lovers who, according to Bloomberg’s Dan Levy, are often passing up Super Premium and Ultra Premium wines in favor of “cheaper imports from countries such as Chile, Argentina and …

Wine Spectator Discovers The “Wonderfulness” of Buenos Aires

Patrick Archer buenos aires events, lifestyle, tourism, wine & vineyards

American wine critic and Wine Spectator contributing editor Matt Kramer arrives in Buenos Aires for a three-month stay and wastes little time getting to know the food & wine delights of his newly adopted barrio of Palermo Soho. Kramer authored several Making Sense of Wine books and coined a term “somewhereness” in describing a wine’s character. Prior to his departure, …

New Year’s Resolution: Drink More…Argentine Malbec That Is

Patrick Archer lifestyle, uruguay, wine & vineyards

With 2010 only hours away, it’s time to start making some serious resolutions for the New Year. But rather than the usual “Lose Weight, Save Money, Join A Gym” jibberish, why not make a resolution you will actually stick to. “Why“ you might ask? Because #1) It’s delicious, #2) It’s good for your health, and #3) It’s good for your …

Argentine Malbec Rising: Catena’s Journey & An Industry Transformed

Patrick Archer competitiveness, visionaries, wine & vineyards

The Washington Post traces the rapid rise of Argentina’s wine industry from the 1980’s (pretty dormant, low-end and geared toward domestic consumption) to today’s vibrant export model with award-winning Malbecs and other local varietals increasingly gaining market share abroad. Argentine vintner Nicolas Catena is described as “the founding father of modern Argentine wine,” and he drew inspiration for his home …