Featured User: Luis Argüero

Luis Argüero is a California native of South American origin with a strong case of the travel bug. By day, he works for a San Francisco Bay Area biotech company and by night, he partakes in all things wine. Married, father of a curious toddler, and a member of NASA (North America Sommelier Association), he's currently working towards an Italian Wine Specialist certification. Since “shelter in place” (SIP), he's been conducting private virtual wine tastings for small & large groups, as well as sharing his wine passion & journey via Instagram at @winefromAtoZ. Other interests to occupy his time are running & soccer. Delectable: What sparked your passion for wine? Luis Argüero: With an Argentine father and an Italian wife, wine has always been present in my life. Additionally, living in the SF Bay Area and being exposed to the numerous wine offerings from Sonoma , Napa & Santa Cruz AVAs further helped cultivate this passion. Finally, having traveled extensively throughout various wine regions including Australia’s Hunter Valley , South Africa’s Stellenbosch region, Argentina’s Mendoza region & most of Italy’s wine regions has given me a vast knowledge and appreciation of the local offerings of grape varietals and terroir. D: What wine region are you wild about right now? LA: All things Sangiovese , particularly from Tuscany & Emilia-Romagna (honorable mention to Lambrusco !), even San Marino. From Brunello di Montalcino to Chianti Classico and from Vino Nobile di Montepulciano to Romagna Sangiovese . Even some California Sangiovese producers such as Viansa , VJB Cellars or Enos . D: What is the most unusual wine you’ve ever tried? LA: Vietnamese wines from Da Lat (Lam Dong province) when traveling through Vietnam a handful of years ago. Labeled as either Superior Red Wine or Premium Strong Wine, they were made from local grapes with very little body, structure or flavor. Very one-dimensional but interesting to say the least! D: What is your golden rule for wine? LA: Just like the book saying “Don’t judge a book by its cover”, all wines should be given a chance to showcase their fruit & terroir. D: Say you’re not allowed to have wine, what is your second option? LA: If not wine, I would be drinking Fernet Branca or some other kind of Italian amaro or digestif. Just like wine, its good for you, right? ;) D: Choose a movie, book, quote, or song and pair it with a wine LA: The entire U2 “The Joshua Tree” album & a great Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir . D: If you were a wine, what wine would you be? LA: I would be a bottle of 1990 Gianfranco Soldera Brunello di Montalcino Riserva , simply for its allure, rarity and prestige. D: What is your favorite bottle you’ve opened recently? LA: Last month, I ordered (& thoroughly enjoyed) a 2013 Rocca Family Vineyards Grisby Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon (Yountville – Napa Valley). It was our first dinner out since SIP started and it was outstanding!

Pyramid Valley Vineyards

Earth Smoke Pinot Noir 2009

Pyramid Valley Vineyards Earth Smoke Pinot Noir 2009: Aromatic. Soft. Natural. Hints of rose, raspberry & mushroom make this such a unique & interesting NZ wine. One if the purest Pinots I have ever tasted! Cheers🍷 — 20 days ago

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Sharon B

Sharon B

Congratulations on your feature!
Luis Arguero

Luis Arguero

@Severn Goodwin Thanks a lot. Appreciate the kind words. Looking forward to celebrating with many more fine wines! Cheers
Luis Arguero

Luis Arguero

@Sharon B Thanks a lot! Be well cheers

Fess Parker

Santa Barbara County Viognier 2009

Fess Parker Santa Barbara County Viognier 2009: A long, forgotten lost bottle but oh am I glad I found you! Blown away by this aged Viognier. Still bright & intensely flavorful after all these years. Best consumed young or old that is the question?! Cheers🍷 — a month ago

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Domaine Magellan

Vin de Pays de l'Hérault Syrah Grenache Carignan 2007

Domaine Magellan GSC 2007 - 55% Grenache, 30% Syrah & 15% Carignan. Vanilla. Dark fruit. Silky smooth finish with a lingering juicy taste you don't want to fade away! A perfect, well-balanced blend....well done! Cheers🍷 — a month ago

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Trixie

Trixie

Superb photo!

Regale Winery and Vineyards

Cabernet Franc 2006

Regale Winery & Vineyards Napa Valley Cabernet Franc 2006: Black cherry. Raspberry. Vanilla. Menthol. An unforgettable smoothness from start to finish. Cheers to a great weekend! 🍷 — 23 days ago

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Valley of the Moon

Carneros Pinot Noir 2010

Valley of the Moon Carneros Pinot Noir 2010: Soft. Round. Rich smooth flavors. This was a wine I received as a member of their wine club several years ago. @valleyofthemoonwines was the first winery I was ever a member of and they will always have a special place in my heart! Still have over 20 various varietals & vintages in my cellar just waiting to be unleashed & explored! Have a great day & weekend! Cheers🍷 — a month ago

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San Marcos Creek

San Marcos Creek Grenache Rosé 2016

San Marcos Creek Grenache Rosé 2016: Lively. Fruity. Refreshing. Perfect for outdoor summer dining! Cheers🍷 — a month ago

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Tenuta Col d'Orcia

Brunello di Montalcino Sangiovese 2014

Col D’Orcia Brunello Di Montalcino DOCG 2014: Smooth & soft. A great Sangiovese wine! Cheers🍷 — a month ago

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Trixie

Trixie

Cheers!🍷Nice post!😀

Cantina Tramin

Alto Adige Sauvignon 2017

Cantina Tramin Sauvignon 2017. Bright acidity. Lemon. Apple. Nice noticeable minerality. An ideal choice, even for Mr. Penguin! Cheers🍷 — a month ago

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Trixie

Trixie

Cute 🐧! Cheers!🍷

Arnaldo-Caprai

Grecante Colli Martani Grechetto 2017

Arnaldo-Caprai Grecante Colli Martini Grechetto 2017: Bright. Lively. Great acidity. A very refreshing white wine for beating this summer heat! Cheers🍷 — a month ago

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Atelier

Rockpile Zinfandel 2007

Atelier Rockpile Zinfandel 2007: Exceptional aromas & flavors. Dark fruits. Spice. Hints of vanilla & oak. Attractive finish. Have a great day! Cheers🍷 — a month ago

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