Uco Valley

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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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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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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More than Malbec: Bodega O. Fournier (Mendoza, Argentina)

August 6, 2006

For those who have been following the Argentine wine industry over the past years, you may be aware that there is much more out there than Malbec, and well, more Malbec. Sparkling wine powerhouses like Chandon have maintained investments in Mendoza for more than 4 decades. Local grapes like Torrontes and Bonarda, although very rustic, […]

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