In Buenos Aires, a Special Anniversary

When big-city institutions mark a milestone, they usually throw a party with celebrities, shrimp cocktail and champagne.

The elegant Alvear Palace Hotel, in Buenos Aires, will be doing just that later this year when they officially celebrate the hotel’s 75th anniversary, but as this is Argentina — the world’s fifth-largest wine producer and home of the red-hot Malbec grape — they decided to kick it up a notch and blend their own wine just for the occasion.

The five-star hotel has teamed with one of Argentina’s leading vineyards, Luigi Bosca, to offer a limited-edition Malbec Red to coincide with the 75th year. The 2004 Malbec was aged for 14 months in French Oak barrels and has hints of blackberry, prunes and café mocha. Only 3000 bottles were produced at the Luigi Bosca vineyard in Mendoza. They sell for 60 pesos ($20 USD) each and are available only by the bottle at the Alvear Hotel.

You can enjoy some at the swanky Lobby Bar, in the sunny garden restaurant (L’Orangerie), or at the sensational La Bourgogne, the hotel’s flagship restaurant, which serves some of the best French cuisine in Buenos Aires. For a romantic evening, have a bottle sent directly to your room for a night of sipping and snuggling.

The Alvear has also created a special libation for their birthday, the aptly named 75th Anniversary Cocktail (38 pesos; $13 USD), a rum and pina colada concoction created by the hotel’s longtime barman, Enrique Cajal.

Brian Byrnes

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