Argentinean customs: the penguin shaped pitcher

Penguin shaped pitchers were very popular in the past. They were used to serve table wine at home and cheap house wine at no-frills diners. I’m not sure exactly why the pitcher manufacturer chose the penguin but penguins are cute and they live in the south of the country in Patagonia.

I once asked my father about those pitchers and he said that in his youth, they were very popular. However, when I was younger, pingüinos were looked down on as tacky. Nowadays, they are experiencing a revival thanks to the fashionable obsession to all things retro.  You can now order a pingüino at trendy bars as well as your old neighbourhood joint. The quality of the wine, however, varies with the establishment. You’ve been warned.

Salud!

 

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Ana Astri-O'Reilly
Ana Astri-O’Reilly is from Argentina, where she lived until five years ago. She currently lives in Dallas, USA with her British husband, but they move a lot. Previously a translator and English and Spanish teacher, Ana first started writing to share her experiences and adventures with friends and family. She speaks Spanish, English and a smattering of Portuguese.
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