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Patagonia comes to Panama! edit

The images that usually spring to mind when someone says “Latin America” have to do with gorgeous beaches and rain forests, hot cities and spicy food, exotic fruits and sometimes the well kept secret quality rum. So if I started talking to you about wine and Panama,  you might think I’d had too much of the aforementioned rum. Not so…

On March 30, 2009, Wines of Argentina took over Panama City. Marina Beltrame, the director of the Argentinean School of Sommeliers, gave one of the most enlightening talks about wine pairing I have ever attended.

Marina is as famous as you can imagine, including starring her own show about wine at “El Gourmet” (http://www.elgourmet.com), but she is as down to earth and loving as you could dream. It was a delight to learn about service from her years of experience, it was enchanting and at the same time surprising how could we learn new things every day. She talked about “El Arte del Maridaje y el Servicio del Vino.” You might think that because I am a professional chef, this talk was not for me…wrong! In fact, I think that the chefs, restaurateurs, wine aficionados and other attendants, enjoyed this day the most.

Hugo Sabogal was there too! He is the master mind behind http://HugoSabogal.com Wine Media and Marketing and El Espectador , he manages in Latin America and the Caribbean, the marketing of “Wines of Argentina ,” which involves most of the wineries from Argentina.

I met Hugo last year when I took the Tour for Sommeliers through the Argentinian wine country.
I was representing Panama and there I met sommeliers from Colombia, Venezuela and Costa Rica. It was a delectable opportunity to learn about the process and secrets of wine making via the makers and souls inspiring this traditional culture from South America and the old world. The expression of quality and character of every vineyard comes as the result of paying rigurous attention to every detail of the artisan wine making process.

It brought great memories of the years spent in Argentina when I was younger, then I didn’t know the impact the country was going to make in my life. After that I have been there oh-so-many times, I lost count already. Argentina has so many attractions, and deserving a special place, we find wine. I know it could be a surprise to many, but Argentina cherishes a long tradition producing top quality wines. It is a reality that after a few years of strong foreign investment, the offer of top quality wines from Argentina has increased outstandingly.

Now, working hand by hand with Hugo Sabogal, Marina Beltrame and Wines of Argentina, I see my dear Panama becoming a first world country when it comes to service , making this ancient cultural experience our own. Our rendition of Latin influenced classical cuisine will be matched perfectly with wines from this true partnership of earth and wine maker.


  • by Chef Melissa
  • May 04, 2009
  • 3:00 pm


Picture of maria luisa maria luisa said on...
05.04.09 at 10:08 PM |

Que bueno ver a varios amigos disfrutando. Don Hugo, Marina Beltrame, el doc!!! Todos contentos y disfrutando de buenos vinos!!!

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