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South America

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South America

Torrontés grapes grow as high as 7,500 feet in the Argentine Andes, and the chilly nights make for a white wine that’s fresh and tangy. The Colomé, from Salta, is one of the most fascinatingly complex $15 options in the world, but the ubiquitous Alamos, from Mendoza, may be even more versatile. Chilean winemakers discovered Syrah a decade ago, and lately that country’s wine drinkers have fallen head over heels. The Matetic, from coastal San Antonio, tastes like earth and smoke; two years in the bottle will bring out the subtleties. —Bruce Schoenfeld

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