Samantha Schweblin at the Hay Festival



Argentine author Samantha Schweblin, who will attend the Hay Festival with Mariana Enriquez, has been featured at The New Yorker this week

Mariana Enriquez y Samanta Schweblin in Waterstones Islington and in the Hay Festival this week

Winners of the Truco Tournament – The Chris Gower Cup!

Thank you to all who have taken part in the Truco Tournament at Moo Cantina in Pimblico.

Congratulations to the AAS 2015 Chris Gowar Truco Championship Winners, Maria and Delfina Passaglia!

Thank you to the participants in the event: Delfina and Maria Passaglia (Winners), Adolfo and Nahuel Tunon (2nd Place), Charles Olins and Barney Miller OBE AAS (3rd Place), Mrs. Passaglia, Cesar Urrutigoity and Roberto Jellinek (AAS).
A very special Thank You to Moo Cantina (and great team) and Casa Argentina for donating the Trophy and Prizes.

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AAS Truco 2015
Martin Distasi, Hernán Palacios, Nahuel Tunon (2nd place) , mrs. Passaglia, Adolfo Tunon (2nd Place), Delfina Passaglia (Winner), Charles Olins (3rd Place), Maria Passaglia (Winner), Roberto Jellinek (AAS), Cesar Urrutigoity, Barney Miller OBE AAS (3rd Place).


AAS Truco 2015
AAS 2015 Chris Gowar Truco Championship Winners, Maria and Delfina Passaglia receive the Trophy and Prizes kindly donated by Casa Argentina.


Latin American Societies Golf Day

Dear All,

I am writing to you again this year to bring the above-captioned event to the attention of all Anglo-Latin American Societies, in the hope that we will have a large turn-out of players, and follow that with an enjoyable lunch. I took over the organisation of the event 4 years ago from David Bouch, who continues to provide assistance to me “from the wings”.

The main trophy, the splendid Ambassadors’ Cup, was presented by the Ambassadors of Argentina, Brazil, Chile and Mexico in 1950, and has been competed for every year since then, making this, 2015, the 66th year. Last year’s winner, representing LAGS and the Anglo Argentine Society, was John Shearer. We will also be competing for The Rose Bowl, which will go to the highest scoring member of the Anglo Argentine Society, the Jangara ditto the Anglo Brazilian Society, The Chile Cup, ditto the Anglo Chilean Society, the Callum Sharkey Trophy for the highest placed Lady, and finally the “LOS DEMAS”, presented by Lan Chile, for the highest points scorer not having won one of the previously mentioned Cups. There will also be a prize for the Best Guest and several Nearest-the-Pin and Longest Drive prizes.

West Surrey Golf Club, at Enton, near Godalming, Surrey, has hosted the event for the last several years, and always puts on a very warm welcome to all players, following up the golf with a traditional and hearty lunch. The par-71 course, which celebrated its centenary in 2010, is in a beautiful parkland setting and maintained to a very high standard. The course has been reserved for us from 8.45 until 10am, and the competition will be over 18 holes (Stableford Scoring), playing in flights of three. Entry is open to all members (with recognised handicaps) of the various Anglo Latin American Societies, who may also bring guests.

The cost for the day will be £67.00 for coffee (from 8am), golf and a carvery lunch. This cost is the same as it was last year, and, considering the quality of the course, represents very good value. The fee for a WSGC member will be £35, and for those having lunch only will be £25.

I attach an entry form for completion by all interested players, plus those intending to attend only the lunch, and would be most grateful if you could please bring this important, long-standing and most enjoyable event to the attention of all your members. If anyone has any questions, please revert to me by email or by telephone on 01483-892382.

With very best wishes,

Yours sincerely

Alan WilkinsondownloadLAGS Appln Form 2015

Social Evening review

Last night the Society held its first ever social fun soiree which was well attended and which we hope will become a firm favourite in your diary.

The thinking behind the event was for members and friends to meet up for a casual and enjoyable get-together, offering the opportunity to catch-up and make new friends. It was so good to see such a good mix of people of all ages and a good combination of Argentines and Anglos.

The MOO Cantina in Pimlico, a new Argentine gastropub, lent itself perfectly to the occasion, allowing people to meet and chat in an informal atmosphere. The casual setting gave a real flavour of the famous “La Boca” in Buenos Aires through its surrounding murals and decor. A range of wine, beers and soft drinks, Argentine bar snacks and more fulsome meals such as steaks were available for purchase.

Above all it was a very successful evening and a great time was had by all. We hope that we will see more of you, and your friends and partners at the next Social evening on Wednesday 2nd April – so please make a note of this in your diaries !!!

The 65th Anniversary of the Anglo-Argentine Society at the Argentine Ambassador’s London Residence – October 2013

The celebratory party was held at the Argentine Ambassador’s Residence on 10th October 2013, to commemorate the Anglo-Argentine Society’s 65th Anniversary (founded in the Autumn of 1948).   The event was an outstanding success and I would like to thank Her Excellency Ambassador Alicia Castro for allowing the Society to hold this very special Anniversary celebration at the Embassy Residence. Certainly this beautiful and historical building lent itself perfectly to such a very special occasion.

The Society would also like to thank the most generous sponsors for the evening, namely Aerolineas Argentinas  –  Pampas Plains – Chango Empanadas – Lomito – Hispa Merchants – Argentine Grill Constancia – Casa Argentina-  and the Argentine Embassy Staff, all of whom help to make the party such a great success.

A big thank you too, to the Committee for their support and help in arranging to make this a truly memorable evening for members and the special invited guests.

The party also helped to bring together the various different elements of the Membership, ranging from the younger generation to the senior members of the Society and a great mix of both British and Argentine nationals.  Above all, it helped to further promote the strong historical, cultural and social ties that exists between both countries and their communities.  A Welsh contingent with strong links to Patagonia were present, and we are currently in discussions with them regarding the celebrations due to take place in 2015 to mark the 150th Anniversary of the first Welsh landing in Patagonia, on the clipper ship, Mimosa.

The Society was particularly pleased to see so many important and distinguished guests including the Argentine Ambassador H.E. Excellency Alicia Castro and Senior Embassy Minsters.

The Society was also delighted that Viscount Malcolm Davidson, the son of the Society’s famous founder Viscount Davidson was able to join the celebrations too.

Overall the party offered a wonderful platform in helping to further foster good relationships between all.  The wonderful canapés were delicious and the excellent Argentine wines flowed freely throughout the evening. The raffle was a huge success, with Aerolineas Argentina offering a fabulous prize of two return airline tickets from Barcelona to Buenos Aires.

The atmosphere throughout the evening was most convivial and very friendly, and presented the opportunity for people to meet old friends and make new acquaintances, which certainly was the case.   It was a truly great and memorable evening enjoyed by all.


Tomas Hudson Talk – June 2013

‘San Martín and his Memories’, a talk by Tomás Hudson

The talk by Tommy Hudson was extremely well-attended, and took place at St Peter’s Church Hall in Eaton Square, marking the first event the Society has ever held at this new venue following the closure of Canning House. The event was a great success, and the audience was spell bound by the surrounding history of this great man and the way it was so professionally delivered. The talk was indeed fascinating to all in the audience, and gave a very detailed chapter in the history of Argentina. This was followed by a very interesting Q & A session that was very eloquently answered in depth by Tommy Hudson, who expounded his well-researched and amazing grasp of anecdotal history surrounding San Martin. This was followed by a lively social discussion afterwards. The evening was complemented by some delightful Argentine wines and wonderful empanadas kindly donated by “Chango Empanadas”.

Malbec World Day Wine Tasting – April 2012

Last night’s Malbec World Day celebration tasting at Canning House was very popular event that was well attended.   It was particularly nice to see so many young people, many of whom have never attended a Society function before, and it is hoped that this will be a real ‘taster’ in every sense for some of the future events put on by the Society.

Keith Johnson of ‘ South American Wines Online’ started the evening by explaining  to the audience the history behind this annual celebration which is marked on 17th April each year.   It was, he said, initiated by Wines of Argentina in 2011 to commemorate the day in 1853 when the Governor of Mendoza, Pedro Pascual Segura, on 17th April 1853 submitted to the Provincial Legislature a bill for the foundation of a Quinta Normal and a School of Agriculture. The House of Representatives dealt with the bill enacting it as law on September 6 1853.

Malbec was brought to Argentina by Michel Aimé Pouget (1821-1875) from France, an agronomist who was hired by Domingo Faustino Sarmiento to run the Quinta Agronómica de Mendoza. Malbec is a variety of purple grape which originates from the Cahors region in South West France, and it is one of the six grapes currently officially allowed in the blend of red Bordeaux wines.  Subsequently Malbec went on to become Argentina’s most well known wine around the world, and this day is now celebrated in more than 30 cities around the globe.

The efforts made by Pouget, Sarmiento and the Quinta Normal of Mendoza played a key role in that process. To Wines of Argentina, April 17th is a day that represents both the transformation of Argentina’s wine industry and the starting point for the development of Malbec as its flagship variety and international emblem of the country’s viticulture and winemaking.

Keith Johnson then went on to state that the Malbec wines he selected for the tasting, namely:  O Fournier Urban Malbec, Michel Torino Don David Reserve Malbe,  Luigi Bosca Reserve Malbec, Finca Sophenia Reserve Malbec,  Familia Schroeder Saurus ‘Patagonia Select’ Malbec  and  Luigi Bosca, Malbec DOC Single Vineyard  –  were carefully selected a sample range of wines from the Salta, Mendoza, and Patagonia, highlighting some of the distinct characteristics of one of the world’s favourite grape varieties. He furthermore went on to say that none of the wines he sells wines will be found in supermarkets, including these six malbec wines, and that these ‘food friendly’ wines are typically served in restaurants and as such represented good value at affordable prices for people to drink at home.

After going through each wine outlining its regional distinctiveness and particular characteristics, the event concluded by several interesting questions being put by the floor.   Everyone was left with an overwhelming appreciation of wines that were being tasted, and it is therefore our thanks to Keith Johnson for the courtesy he extended to the Society for making this possible.  Unusually for this kind of event there was a keen sense of bonding by the audience, many who have never met before, and a very convivial occasion which flowed into the evening afterwards.   For further details about these wines you can contact ‘South American Wines On Line’ direct on or for Society Members there is a special discount which can be obtained by obtaining a special discount code by emailing the Society Secretary on