How a 100-point winemaker hopped over to the craft beer side

(The Tonic) As head of oenology at one of Argentina’s most iconic wineries, Alejandro Vigil is often found striding across the elevated limestone soils of Bodega Catena Zapata’s Vista Flores estate, his curly brown hair blown about by the Uco Valley’s Andean-powered breeze, contemplating leaf stripping, harvest or winter pruning.

It’s more likely you’ll come across him, however, over a bountiful and boozy bodega lunch at the winemaker’s own cellar door and restaurant Casa Vigil. Over a bottle of El Enemigo Syrah, this larger-than-life character recounts one epic drinking anecdote after another to admiring diners, leaving the whole table in stitches.

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