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Wine Spectator: A Live Chat With Laura Catena

June 30, 2020

“When I decided to become a doctor, my father was not that happy,” said Laura Catena. “My mother said, ‘You know, Laurita, he’d always thought you would come work with him….’” The physician, author, mother, and fourth-generation winemaker and managing director at Argentina’s Bodega Catena Zapata recalled her impressive journey in the June 23 edition of Straight Talk with Wine Spectator, an Instagram Live series sponsored by Wine Access.

Speaking with senior editor James Molesworth from her San Francisco home, Catena discussed the difficulties of harvesting during the coronavirus pandemic and how the market for Argentine Malbec has changed and will continue to evolve.

“Malbec is on fire,” Catena said of sales for the country’s premier red grape. “Argentine wine is selling really well.” But there’s still room to grow, and Catena believes the next challenge will be gaining the attention of high-end wine collectors. “I think the true next hurdle is that every collector in the world has an Argentina section [in their cellar],” Catena said, citing a track record for wines that age well as the key to achieving a place on the world’s stage of collectible wines. Watch the full episode on Wine Spectator’s Instagram channel.

This week, Straight Talk with Wine Spectator will feature chats with Marcello Fiorentino, chef and owner of Grand Award winner Marcello’s La Sirena, tonight at 7pm; and Aviram Turgeman, wine director at Chef Driven Restaurant Group, July 2 at 7pm.—Shawn Zylberberg

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