Wine entertainment in Argentina
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The bustling barrios of Abasto and Once, while a little dodgy at night, are part of the ‘real’ Buenos Aires that’s largely unaffected by the tourist trade. Walk west from Congreso along Av Corrientes, or take a quick taxi or Subte ride, to reach this cultural melting pot and commercial district crammed with colorful fabric shops and family-run Jewish and Peruvian eateries. The neighborhood’s centerpiece is the historic Mercado de Abasto, previously a massive fresh produce market and now a beautifully restored structure that houses the shopping mall called simply El Abasto. Nearby, on a gentrified street off Av Anchorena is the former home of tango legend Carlos…
So how to know which wines to try? They say there’s a perfect Argentine wine for every occasion and a good vinoteca (wine boutique) will help you find it. There are over 150 dedicated wine shops in Buenos Aires, and this number is growing fast. You’ll find plenty all over Palermo, Recoleta and San Telmo; in the center there’s the Winery, with many branches throughout BA. If you are willing to travel to the outskirts of the capital, however, you can find an excellent specialist in Vinoteca Borbore, which stocks over 1500 labels.