Mendoza

Eyes on Mendoza’s Uco Valley

May 23, 2014

In late March, my husband and I embarked on our annual road trip over the Andes from Santiago to Mendoza, Argentina, one of the most scenic routes in South America. We said tchau to the sprawling metropolis of Santiago and cruised past arid, caramel-colored hills north of Santiago into the Aconcagua Valley, carpeted with green […]

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South American Fall Getaways

February 28, 2013

Yesterday evening, I needed to blow off steam from the office and went out for my favorite vuelta, walk, around Parque Forestal from the Fine Arts museum to Plaza Italia and back. Earlier that afternoon, it had been an infierno outside but now, as the golden sun sank into the western horizon, a coolish breeze […]

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Ashes Over Buenos Aires

June 28, 2011

June 7, 2011. I wake up and peer through the heavy, draped, velvet curtains of our hotel room overlooking the roof tops of Palermo Viejo. Darn, it’s one of those icky winter days when the clouds descend and shroud the city in a bone-chilling fog. Thick, gray and dense fog. I grab my iPhone to […]

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Argentina’s “White” Grape: Torrontés

June 24, 2011

I spent much of last week traveling in vast, northwestern Argentina in the region of Salta. Amid beguiling landscapes, I saw the vegetation-dense hills outside Salta (city), the high altiplano plains of Cachi and experienced the constant backdrop of the Andes, at times covered with cacti and wild donkeys grazing.  More on that in another […]

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Three Funky & Innovative New Wines to Put on Your List

May 20, 2011

As I’d talked about in an earlier post, Santa Carolina as a winery has undergone a profound change from viticulture, to winemaking, to marketing and corporate image. It’s fresh, new, and innovative, thriving on young blood and a lot of ganas, as we say in Chile. Their new line of wines seeks new, single vineyard […]

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The Time Is Now: Piedra Negra 2002

May 13, 2011

I think all of us wine lovers, collectors, enophiles, and foodies tend to accumulate bottles of wine. Whole cellars of them. There, the wine “babies” lie for many moons, even years or decades, waiting for that perfect moment to be opened and savored. Wine is so intrinsically tied to memories and pleasure: of trips, people, […]

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