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Emilio Pettoruti, La Voce (The Voice), 1916, pastel, charcoal, and collage on paperboard, The Brillembourg Capriles Collection of Latin American Art. © Fundación Pettoruti

Mendoza & Maule: Wines of Argentina

Thursday, Jul 11, 2013
6 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.

Beck Building, Mezzanine
5601 Main Street Map & Directions

Don't miss this pair of wine seminars that complement the exhibition Intersecting Modernities: Latin American Art from The Brillembourg Capriles Collection! On July 11, begin with a curatorial briefing focused on Argentinean artists in Intersecting Modernities, followed by an engaging tour by nationally-recognized wine educator James King of six Argentinean wines. On August 8, the curatorial briefing focuses on Chilean artists, followed by an engaging tour of six Chilean wines. ¡Salud!

Argentina is the world’s sixth-largest wine producer, and between 2007 and 2012, U.S. imports of Argentinean wines imported more than doubled. Seventy percent of Argentina’s wines come from the Mendoza region, with 900 vineyards occupying nearly the same square miles of land as the city of Houston. The secret is the desert-like terrain at elevations as high as 5,800 feet above sea level. The combination of high altitude, low humidity and dry soil has helped protect vineyards against global warming and has propelled some of Argentina’s wine sales—especially of Malbec, the dominant varietal—to records. (For example, from 2004 and 2011, sales of Malbec grew by double digits.)

To allow plenty of time for parking and to accommodate late arrivals, doors open five minutes early, but the program does not begin until 6:10 p.m. Contact for more information.

About the Speaker
Some wines may be dry, but James King of the Texas Wine School is not. As Ron Saikowski of Greater Houston Weekly describes him, “This articulate Brit makes wine fun, the way it needs to be without the pomp and complexities that turn people off.”

Exhibition Catalogue
Intersecting Modernities: Latin American Art from The Brillembourg Capriles Collection is accompanied by an illustrated catalogue, available through The MFAH Shop. To order, call 713.639.7360.

$50 MFAH Members, $60 general public
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Additional Date
Mendoza & Maule: Wines of Chile Thursday, August 8, 6 p.m.

Education Programs receive generous funding from the Kinder Foundation; the Institute of Museum and Library Services; ExxonMobil; the Favrot Fund; Michael C. Linn in memory of his mother Patricia G. Linn; the National Museum of Korea; Mrs. Evelyn Houstoun Chew; The Hamill Foundation; the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation; Susanne M. and Melbern G. Glasscock; The Brown Foundation, Inc.; The Americana Foundation; The Boeing Company; An Anonymous Donor; Mr. William J. Hill; Houston Junior Woman’s Club; JPMorgan Chase Foundation; the Sterling-Turner Foundation; and The Susan Vaughan Foundation.