A beguiling wine with exotic aromas reminiscent of fresh crushed grapes and roses with a hint of spice. Bursting with fresh peach and pineapple flavors on a creamy background that is perfectly balanced by bright and lively natural acidity. Torrontes is a little-known grape with rather obscure origins in the Mediterranean. It’s related to the Moscatel family, which must certainly be where it gets its beautiful bouquet. In Argentina, the grape has become the country’s flagship white wine and is really unlike any other wine in the world in aroma and flavor. Quara is made by the distinguished Bodegas Felix Lavaque, whose viticultural history dates back to the 19th century. Today the fifth generation of the Lavaque family carries on the winemaking tradition. Bodegas Lavaque has over 900 acres of vineyards in the Cafayete Valley. Rainfall is scarce (only 7 inches per year on average!) and sunshine is plentiful in this high valley lying at the feet of the majestic Andes Mountains. Melting snow from the mountains provides additional water for the drip irrigation system that is crucial in this arid land. These conditions may sound harsh, but they’re ideal for producing healthy, perfectly balanced ripe grapes. The dramatic temperature differential between the sunny days and cool nights helps the grapes to maintain their natural acidity levels and produce zesty, crisp wines. Bodegas Lavaque has a winery that is as modern as it is beautiful. Francisco Lavaque, the fifth generation of this winemaking family, has a degree from UC Davis and brings a new vision to the family business. He’s lucky to have both the experience of generations before him as well as the latest in academic research to draw upon. Try this wine alone first to fully appreciate its unique flavors then serve it with food – it’s great with Asian cuisine!