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Daniel Altman
Daniel Altman is a wine lover and economist who is the author of several books, including the international bestseller "Outrageous Fortunes: The Twelve Surprising Trends That Will Reshape the Global Economy."

He is the founder of Argovino, a website exclusively devoted to consumer-friendly reviews of Argentine wines. He is also the global economic columnist of Foreign Policy magazine. As a researcher, he uses econometric tools for soccer analytics.

Daniel previously wrote economic commentary on the staffs of The Economist, The International Herald Tribune, and The New York Times, where he was also one of the youngest-ever members of the editorial board. In between stints as a journalist, he was an economic advisor in the British government.

Daniel was born in Connecticut and received his doctorate in economics from Harvard University. He has lived and worked on four continents and is a citizen of the United States, Canada, and the United Kingdom.

Entries by Daniel Altman

A Chat With Herve Chagneau of Antucura

(0) Comments | Posted November 21, 2014 | 3:01 PM

Antucura may not be a household name for wine lovers, but it certainly should be. Its wines are an extraordinary expression of the Vista Flores terroir through a broad variety of grapes, and many have received

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A Chat With Javier Lo Forte of Pulenta Estate

(0) Comments | Posted September 26, 2014 | 5:47 PM

Have you ever heard of a winery whose guiding principle was humility? That's what Javier Lo Forte says about Pulenta Estate, where he has been the head winemaker since 2011. We at Argovino recently had a chance to speak...

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Malbec + Cabernet Sauvigon = Elegance: A Chat With Fernando Buscema of Bodegas CARO

(0) Comments | Posted June 6, 2014 | 6:42 PM

Fernando BuscemaBodegas CARO is one of the most fascinating and prestigious projects in Argentina's wine industry: a joint venture between the Catena family from Mendoza and the Rothschilds from Bordeaux. These two leading names have come together to make...

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4 Great Wines to Buy in Argentina

(0) Comments | Posted May 17, 2014 | 8:33 AM

We at Argovino recently came back from a few days in Buenos Aires, where we had a chance to taste some of the excellent wines that haven't yet arrived on these shores. One of our sources is...

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14 Delicious Wines From Malbec World Day

(0) Comments | Posted April 23, 2014 | 5:01 PM

April 17 was Malbec World Day, and we joined in by leading a special #WineChat on Twitter live from the New York City celebration, a huge event called "Cambalache: One Night in Argentina." There were dozens of wineries...

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Malbec World Day Is Coming!

(0) Comments | Posted April 4, 2014 | 4:52 PM

April 17 is Malbec World Day, when people in more 50 countries will celebrate the flavor and finesse of Argentina's signature grape. At Argovino, we'll be doing our part with malbec tastings...

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The 2014 Vintage in Argentina

(0) Comments | Posted March 8, 2014 | 10:24 AM

The 2014 vintage promises to be a challenging one for wineries in Argentina. After an excellent year in 2013, the climate has conspired to reduce harvests significantly in Mendoza, San Juan, and La Rioja. What will this mean for Argentine...

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Presenting Argentine Cabernet Franc

(0) Comments | Posted February 14, 2014 | 10:54 AM

cabernet francCabernet franc is a grape that's often found in supporting roles but is seldom the star. That's a shame, because it has such outstanding qualities to offer on its own. The Loire Valley and Fronsac are some of...

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Wine Names as Windows Onto Ancient Cultures

(0) Comments | Posted February 7, 2014 | 3:53 PM

Before Europeans made their way across the Atlantic, indigenous cultures flourished in what is now the wine country at the foothills of the Andes and in Patagonia. Mass murder, disease, forced migration, and assimilation followed, but many descendants of pre-Columbian civilizations survive (as the map...

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What Currency Devaluation in Argentina Means for Wine

(0) Comments | Posted February 1, 2014 | 9:53 AM

The big news from Argentina this week is that the central bank has allowed the peso's currency to fall against the dollar. This is a watershed moment for Argentines, but it may affect American wine consumers as well.

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The Place of Wine in Argentine Culture

(0) Comments | Posted January 25, 2014 | 4:09 PM

Wine is a fundamental part of culture in Argentina, and a full understanding of Argentine wine requires some consideration of its place in that culture. It is part of the glue that holds friends and family together, often a...

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The Best Argentine Wines of 2013

(0) Comments | Posted January 12, 2014 | 3:19 PM

Argovino may be only eight months old, but those eight months were enough to taste some truly fabulous wines. In the past we've shared some of our greatest value selections, but this week we want to highlight pure quality. For us, these wines reached the pinnacle of drinking satisfaction on...

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A Chat With Jose Manuel Ortega Fournier of O. Fournier

(0) Comments | Posted January 6, 2014 | 4:54 PM

You may not have heard of Jose Manuel Ortega Fournier, but you've probably seen his O. Fournier and Urban Uco wines from Argentina. A Spaniard educated in the United States, Jose Manuel...

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What to Eat With What in Argentina

(0) Comments | Posted December 20, 2013 | 5:39 PM

Winter is coming to the United States, which means summer is coming to Argentina. It's the perfect time to head south for some sun while exploring Argentina's fantastic wines and delicious food. We thought we'd share some recommended pairings for...

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Gimenez Riili Arrives in the United States

(0) Comments | Posted December 13, 2013 | 2:31 PM

Not many Americans can name more than a few small, family-run wineries in Argentina. The shelves in American shops are dominated by big producers and their many brands. But Gimenez Riili, thanks to its affiliation with The...

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Top Argentine Wines for the Holidays

(0) Comments | Posted December 6, 2013 | 8:37 PM

Top Argentine Wines for the HolidaysWith the winter holidays coming up, it's a great time to stock up on wine -- and of course we hope Argentine wines will be part of the mix for your festivities. Argentine wines...

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A Chat With Luis Barraud of Vina Cobos

(0) Comments | Posted December 3, 2013 | 4:40 PM

If a winemaker ever personified Teddy Roosevelt's saying, "Speak softly and carry a big stick," it might be Luis Barraud. Luis is an unassuming man in manner and mien, but he carries some big wines -- the ones he makes...

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Good News From the World Wine Market

(0) Comments | Posted November 22, 2013 | 9:47 AM

argovinoYou may already have heard about a supposed global shortage of wine, thanks to a report from the investment bank Morgan Stanley that has been making the rounds. In fact, this year's news about wine is good -...

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Getting to Know Mendoza's Varied Terroir

(0) Comments | Posted November 1, 2013 | 1:11 PM

When someone offers you a wine from Bordeaux, what do you say? If you've ever paid much attention to French wines, you'll probably ask what part of Bordeaux the wine is from. After all, some of the appellations with the most distinctive terroir are from tiny patches of land that...

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How We Taste and Why

(0) Comments | Posted October 30, 2013 | 10:10 AM

How We Taste and WhyWe're often asked how we taste wine at Argovino, especially by people who might want to use our reviews. We're happy to share the details, and we hope that other drinkers might find...

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