TERRAZAS DE LOS ANDES
Terrazas de Los Andes got a jump on the current Argentinean wine booma jump of more than 40 years, in fact. Its sparkling-wine parent company, Bodegas Chandon Argentina, was founded in 1959 by Moët & Chandon. Thus, when Moët decided to produce fine still wine at Terrazas in 1997, there was none of the unfamiliarity faced by other foreign operations. "We had accumulated years of knowledge," says Manuel Louzada, Terrazas' director of oenology. This included knowing where to plant the right vines. The grapes that go into the 2002 Malbec Reserva ($16) come from vineyards 3,500 feet up in the foothills of the Andes Mountainsa far cry from Malbec's original home, in sea-level Bordeaux. The wine they produce is nuanced, aromatic and velvety. It's a natural fit with lamb-topped pizza. Says Louzada, "Lamb with Malbec is a classic pairing in Argentina."