Could anything accompany asado better than red wine? Luckily, vino tinto is aplenty in Argentina. And it's not just red wine on the menu, but organic red wine. Award-winning Jean Bousquet and Vinecol wines are among the finest. While conventional wines are grown with grapes that are heavily sprayed with pesticides, to be labled organic, no pesticides, herbicides, fungicides, chemical fertilizers, or synthetic chemicals of any kind are allowed either on the vines or in the soil. A 2008 Pesticide Action Network study found 24 different pesticide contaminants in all the conventional wines tested, so you’re better off going organic. Many studies have shown that drinking one glass of red wine a day can decrease your chances of heart disease, thanks to the content of resveratrol, an antioxidant.
On The Menu: A Calimocho (also spelled Kalimotxo) is a 50/50 mixture of red wine and Coca-Cola. In Argentina, a red-wine-and-Coke combination is known as a jote. It’s way better than it sounds, but keep in mind that the soda addition takes the health component of the wine down mega notches.