The Trivento winery in Argentina's famed Mendoza region is known for its highly rated and well-priced malbec and torrontés wines. Lately it has been getting into blends, and its 2013 Trivento Amado Sur Chardonnay Blend (about $12 at wine-savvy markets) is one tasty, refreshing result.
All three of this wine's component grapes — 78 percent chardonnay, 12 percent pinot grigio and 10 percent viognier — are grown in vineyards in the Andean foothills of Mendoza. (Its name, which translates roughly as "Beloved South," is a nod to the region.) After harvest, each varietal is aged separately in stainless steel tanks for several weeks before blending, to preserve aromatics and flavor.
On the nose, this pale, straw-colored wine offers a touch of apple along with the flowers characteristic of viognier. On the tongue, ripe pear dominates, along with flavors of apricot and tangerine and a hint of ginger on the longish finish. The blend is fruit forward and nicely structured, with a lush but refreshing mouthfeel.
Amado Sur makes a fine summer sipper, a cool antidote to an overheated day. It's food-friendly as well, and we would pair it with a Florida Cobb salad with lots of shrimp, mango and avocado, or with mojo-marinated chicken fired on the grill.
By Colette and John Bancroft. She is the Times' book editor, and he is a freelance writer specializing in food, wine and travel.