Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Argentine Malbec Wine Tasting Guide

Malbec has been an increasingly popular red wine for the past three of four years. The grape was originally used as a blending grape in the Bordeaux region of France. Now it is being grown in many countries and has taken on styles of light and fruity to heavy and earthy. The most popular Malbec wines at this time are coming from Argentina. This wine tasting guide will give you my personal opinion on the tasting characteristics of Argentine Malbec, both the economical and more expensive ones.

The sight of the Malbec can help you tell the difference between a young wine and an aged one. It can also give you an indication of how much contact it had with the grape skins during the aging process. The younger wine will have a purple center with a ruby red edge, while an older wine will have almost a black center with a dark burgundy edge. As you swirl the wine and watch it run down the glass, you will notice it quickly disappear if it has a light body or it will slowly run down if it is heavy bodied. Most economical (under ten dollars) Malbecs have little aging and skin contact, while the more expensive ones go through a longer aging process in oak barrels.

Monday, January 23, 2012

Does The Argentine Dogo Make A Good Guard Dog?

A guard dog, could potentially become a large part of your life and family. So it is important that you know what you are getting yourself into when purchasing the dog. Most dogs are territorial and watchful over their families, however there are some breeds that are more naturally suited. Some breeds are genetically born with the right amount of guard drive that takes to be a good protection dog. A dog breed called the Argentine Dogo has the potential to be a great one. Originating in Argentina, the Argentine Dogo was developed in the 1920s, by a doctor who desired a dog that could pack hunt and also provide protection for a family. The Argentine Dogo is a mutt that results from the crossing of dogs like the Irish Wolfhound, Pointer, Bull Terrier, Great Dance, Spanish Mastiff, Bulldog and the Great Pyrenees. It resulted in creating a strong, and fearless breed. The Argentine Dogo possess characteristics that make it a wonderful guard dog. They are considered to be playful, social, and very good with children. This breed is sometimes reserved with strangers until learning who is accepted by the family. It is a very intelligent breed and is fairly easy to train. They can excel if they are trained firm and consistent. As well as making an wonderful guard dog, the Argentine Dogo could make an amazing guide dog for the blind.

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

The Best Argentine Souvenirs

Argentina is a country that is rich in natural resources. Visitors to Argentina will have no difficulty finding a wide variety of high quality products to bring home as souvenirs from their trip or gifts for family and friends. Weekend markets in Recoleta and San Telmo have a wide range of items, from touristy trinkets to carefully hand crafted artisanal goods. Buenos Aires also has excellent shopping, with designer boutiques throughout Palermo Soho and a variety of chain and independent shops along major streets such as Santa Fe and Corrientes.

Certain items sold at the tourist markets can be found throughout the world and are not unique to Argentina, but if you're looking for a souvenir that you'd be unlikely to find elsewhere, you'll have plenty of options.


Thursday, September 8, 2011

The Interesting Past of Argentine Tango

The Argentine Tango is a very spontaneous kind of dance. It has no fixed steps or movements and as a result each dance is a new discovery. The only thing you have to keep in mind is the presence of other dancers around you. Otherwise this dance is a truly exciting and enjoyable experience.

Similar to the dance, the history of the Argentine Tango is also equally interesting. It is said that the dance originated in Buenos Aires in Argentina. This happened in the late 1800s when immigrants from all over the world were flowing into Argentina for employment opportunities. These were Portuguese, Slavic, black slaves, South Americans, etc. Along with them, came their cultures as well, that included their dance and their music. Argentine Tango was a result of the fusion of all these cultures.

Friday, August 12, 2011

Cultural Background for Studying Spanish in Buenos Aires: Argentine History Part II of IV

People first settled in the region that is now Argentina back about 13,000 years ago. However, written history can be traced back to about 1516 when Juan Diaz de Solis explored the Rio de la Plata River. The second period of time in Argentina is considered to be the colonial period, which lasted from about 1516 to 1810. When you study Spanish in Argentina, this is another important period of time that you should be aware of.

In 1502, the Europeans arrived in the area that is now Argentina. Different explorers set up different small settlements. Pedro de Mendoza set up a settlement in the area that is now Buenos Aires in about 1536. However, this region was abandoned by 1541. Other settlements were set up in 1573 and 1580 respectively. It is interesting to note that since were no precious metals in the area, the colonization of the Argentine area was not influenced by a gold rush as it was in many other regions.

During this colonial time period, the ships and ports were to go through the port of Callao, which was near Lima. Therefore, they were not permitted to go through the Rio de la Plata estuary. As a result, the commerce in the areas that is now Buenos Aires consisted largely of contraband.

Monday, August 1, 2011

South American Cultural Lessons: The History of Argentine Polo

When you think of polo, you probably think of a sport that is primarily British. However, when you attend Spanish classes in Buenos Aires, you will find that polo is quite popular and widespread. Although polo was first introduced to Argentina by British immigrants in the 1800s, the Argentinean people embraced it wholeheartedly and made the sport their own.

Polo seems to have been in existence for as long as horses have been domesticated. In fact, riders in Asia more than 2,500 years ago played a game similar to polo. The sport initially became popular among the British in colonial India in 1850. The first game in England took place in 1869.