Anthony Gismondi on Wine
Thursday, May 25 2023

Malbec with Altitude

By: Anthony Gismondi
A history lesson from Dr. Laura Catena.

We caught up with Laura Catena, fourth generation and Managing Director of Bodega Catena Zapata, at the recent Vancouver International Wine Festival, where she was inundated by malbec and Catena Zapata fans as she stood by her booth.

It's no wonder they were all clamouring for her time. Laura shares her genuine charm and intense intelligence with anyone who wants to talk about wine. In our latest video, you get the chance to hear and see Laura in action as she share's the ancient journey of malbec from Europe to Argentina and then tracks its modern transformation in the hands of the Catena family, which has led to its worldwide recognition and countless accolades for the family. As the founder of the Catena Institute of Wine, a research facility created to fully understand everything about their vines, soil and climate, Laura explains why she imagines malbec has succeeded over the centuries, specifically in Argentina. 

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Anthony Gismondi
Anthony Gismondi

Anthony Gismondi is a Canadian wine journalist and one of North America's most influential voices in wine. For over 30 years, he has been the wine columnist for The Vancouver Sun. The twice-weekly column is distributed across Canada through Postmedia Network to millions of readers. In addition, Anthony co-hosts the BC Food & Wine Radio Show, broadcast in 18 markets across B.C. and available as a podcast on Spotify, Apple and iHeart Radio and more. He launched Gismondionwine.com in 1997, attracting one million users a month from 114 countries. It continues to be a valuable resource of full tasting notes and intelligent wine stories and videos for the trade and consumers.