Mendoza Terroir 101

August 20, 2013

Mendoza, fittingly known as the Tierra del Sol, is a sun-drenched land that, in actuality, is an irrigated scrubland in the arid rain shadow of the towering Andes. Most of Mendoza remains a desert although parts of it were converted into a series of oases over 700 years ago by irrigation channels built by the […]

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Happy Fourth of July!

July 4, 2011

To all fellow Americans out there, I want to wish you all a very Happy Fourth of July. Honestly it didn’t really occur to me until this weekend that it was Independence Day on Monday. Even after more than a decade here, I still forget as the winter weather throws me off. This morning the […]

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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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Burn Baby Burn: Francis Mallmann

May 11, 2011

Francis Mallmann. If you don’t know his name, take note. He’s South America’s most famous “celebrity chef” with restaurants in Mendoza, Buenos Aires, and outside José Ignacio in Uruguay. He’s well known yet low profile. A seemingly chilled out, laid back guy who prefers to be in the Argentine or Uruguayan countryside than amist all […]

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MENDOZA, ARGENTINA (in pictures)

May 4, 2011

They say that a picture says a thousand words.  Here are some of our favorite takes of Mendoza that encapsulate its beauty, charm, and lifestyle.  Above, on the international highway from Chile high in the Andes; and snacks at an olive oil tasting where we try native varieties like the Arauco oil. Dulce de leche […]

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My Top Five Wines for Poolside Sipping

January 22, 2010

With this heat as of late, I have been feeling very lethargic. The only form of mid-afternoon relief seems to come in finding (friends) with a nice pool get-up and packing a picnic to hang at their house. The lazy days of summer have officially arrived. While I tan my scarily white body,  I have […]

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