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Postcard From Mendoza

20 January 2015

It seems fitting that my first trip south of the Equator should be to Mendoza. Argentina’s most famous wine region is justly renowned for its Malbec, of which I have had many refined examples. But Mendoza isn’t just Malbec. In my two days of wine tasting, I’ve already had all sorts of unexpected varietals, including a Roussanne and a late-harvest Petit Manseng.

The wines compete mightily with the scenery — a green patchwork of vineyards, cypresses and olive trees backdropped by the snow-capped peaks of the Andes. It’s nothing short of magnificent.

A Sunday Asado in Luján de Cujo

A Sunday Asado in Luján de Cujo

 

Malbec Vineyards at Achaval Ferrer

Malbec Vineyards at Achaval Ferrer

 

The Fermentation Room of Terrazas de los Andes

The Fermentation Room of Terrazas de los Andes

 

Vineyards of Finca Decero

Vineyards of Finca Decero

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4 Comments to “Postcard From Mendoza”

  1. Beautiful country! and it looks so warm!

    • Yes – there are moments here when it’s simply breathtaking. And you’re right – the sun and breeze is a welcome respite from January in Chicago!

  2. Mendoza was beautiful! My husband and I enjoyed our brief but tasty encounter with you. We are back in Mesa at our winter home, looking forward to having a glass of Malbec tonight with memories of Argentina. Happy travels and wine drinking to you! Cheers!

    • And cheers to you, Deb! It was a delight to meet you and your husband as well. Have a toast to me, and I’ll hoist a glass of Carmenere in your honor tonight from Chile!

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