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Algodon Wine Estates' 2004 Malbec scored 90 points out of 100 in a recent tasting conducted by Anthony Dias Blue, one of the most influential wine personalities in the United States.

The ranking is featured in the July issue of The Tasting Panel, a leading monthly industry publication of which Dias Blue is Editor in Chief. Each month, Dias Blue tastes over 500 wines and features his top picks in the magazine.

"Mr. Dias Blue's high ranking is an honor and great achievement, serving as testament to our hard work and commitment to produce the utmost in quality," says Algodon winemaker Mauro Nosenzo. Algodon Wines are produced under the direction of Camilo Aldao, a member of one of Argentina's oldest winemaking families, and also with the recommendation of Wine Master Anthony Foster and accomplished wine connoisseur Lee Lacy.

"We are thrilled with this rating and believe it is only the beginning. In addition to this great Malbec, we are also producing wonderful Bonarda and Chardonnay," says Scott Mathis, Chairman of DPEC Partners and InvestProperty Group (IPG), the venture capital firm backing Algodon Wine Estates. "In December 2008 our Cabernet Sauvignon won the "Best Buy" distinction in a tasting conducted by Wines of Argentina, and we are confident there will be many more such accolades."

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About Anthony Dias Blue:
A James Beard Foundation Award-winner, Anthony Dias Blue is one of the most influential wine, food and lifestyle personalities in the United States. He can be found in print and web periodicals, on television and radio and in bookstores, with his cumulative reach exceeding 30,000,000 global consumers each month. He is also the Executive Director of the San Francisco International Wine Competition, the largest and most influential wine judging event in the United States, and the founding director of its sister event, the San Francisco World Spirits Competition.

About Algodon Wine Estates:
Located in San Rafael, Mendoza, a region often referred to as the Napa Valley of Argentina, Algodon Wine Estates (AWE) offers luxury accommodations for travelers, as well as the opportunity to actually own a piece of the estate's vineyard and a custom wine label. The future home of Argentina's tennis elite, AWE has partnered with Argentine tennis champion Jose Luis Clerc to develop a professional tennis academy which will feature 10 championship tennis courts and one grand stadium. AWE's 2,050-acre grounds already boast two guest lodges and an 18-hole golf course, and there are additional plans to open a high-end hotel, more than 300 private home sites, a polo field, an equestrian center and a luxury spa & fitness center. For more information, visit:

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