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Still in hip Soho, Autre Monde is an independent bookstore and wine dealer that organises inventive tastings with wine prizes. These take place at the store’s chic loft space, where a sommelier invites guests to guess a single rogue malbec, say, amid a selection of syrah wines. Autre Monde is also planning more creative tastings on philosophical and cinematic themes, such as combining complex wines (pinot noir, for example) with a night of art-house cinema (like 1970s American New Wave) and hosting a discussion on the joyful complexities of both; or toying with the Kantian ideal of universalisation alongside a tasting of cabernet sauvignon, a wine recognised for its structure and universal appeal.

At 0800-Vino in Abasto, an old tango neighbourhood, British sommelier Nigel Tollerman hosts memorable tastings amid the oak barrels of his private cellar. Regular themed events  feature the best of Patagonian high-altitude wines and the whites of Argentina, led by the rising star torrontés and finishing with playful guesstimates as to the cost of each bottle.

In the upscale neighbourhood of Recoleta, Prado y Neptuno is a boutique cigar bar that hosts cigar and wine pairings. It marries Cuban cigars with complex white and sparkling wines, complementing the hot, smoky notes of rolled tobacco with smooth chardonnays.

 

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