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News - 26.07.11

Wine Guru Trip winner visited Argentina

Linda Susnik, a Canadian sommelier, winner of the “Wine Guru Trip” contest -taht gathered more than 1400 participants on WofA´s Facebook page- visited Argentina during last week with the winner of BOTM contest.

Linda Susnik, a Canadian sommelier, winner of the “Wine Guru Trip” contest -taht gathered more than 1400 participants on WofA´s Facebook page- visited Argentina during last week with the winner of BOTM contest.

The “Wine Guru Trip” contest was created as a follow-up to the successful “Wine Guru” Facebook game which gathered Facebook users around the world, from January to March this year, to participate and win a trip to Argentina.

In this occasion, Linda Susnik was chosen through a raffle draw, after correctly answering different questions. “Wine Guru Trip” seeks to continue promoting Argentina’s diversity by providing content that is both entertaining and educational and is shared among Facebook users and among those who are interested in gaining a deeper insight into our country and our wines.

Linda Susnik is a sommelier and spoke with Wines of Argentina after enjoying a few days in Mendoza. “When they told me that I was the winner of the contest, I couldn’t believe it”, said Linda enthusiastically. “My dream was always to come to Argentina. This is my first time, and I feel that it is a dream come true.”

The visitor was happy to have the opportunity to travel around Mendoza and Salta and enjoy the Argentine lifestyle. “We’ve enjoyed a lot of things and especially discovered a diversity in wines that we did not expect. Malbec is not everything, and this has surprised us a lot.” Linda said that she had heard about Torrontés but had only had the opportunity to taste the wines from three labels and that on this trip she found very different expressions of the same variety. “There are people who don’t want the whites, but when they get to know them, they go crazy. I'm definitely going to tell those people about your Torrontés,” she said.

One of the aspects that this sommelier highlighted the most was that of all the wines they tasted “there were no bad wines; all were very good. This reflects the fact that all the actors in this industry work to make the best wine. Obviously everyone competes, but they understand that quality is a distinctive feature.” The winner of the “Wine Guru Trip” mentioned that she was amazed by Bonarda and that she is anxious to try Pinot Noir from Patagonia.

“In Montreal, Malbec has the majority of the market, but after what I’ve had the chance to taste, I know that Argentina is different and can offer many more varieties.”

Shortly before leaving, Linda emphasized the warmth of the people who welcomed her and left a final message for the winemakers and producers: “Don't just stick with Malbec. It’s a marvelous wine, but people want more, and you have the opportunity to combine the excellent quality of your wide range of production with very convenient prices.”