Dining in Mendoza – Final Mentions

Actually before I leave Mendoza behind there are a couple of places I need to mention, if for no other reason than other Mendoza-philes out there will scream “what about ____?!” if I don’t. Azafrán Probably our favourite meal in Mendoza city proper, Azafran really deserves its own entry, if only for its outstanding wine room. Laid out like a library, the extensive wine collection has pride of place at the front of the building, and is lovingly displayed by varietal—a fun (if expensive)...
September 17th, 2008 | Brendan | Read More | Comments: 0
Filed under: argentina, eating, Mendoza, Restaurants

Dining in Mendoza –Francis Mallmann 1884

... little while. This blog is NOT intended to be a series of restaurant/winery reviews…but the fact that I’ve written about nothing else while in Mendoza pretty much sums up what I got up to while here. Seriously, there can be few places in the world better for the wandering oenophile-gourmet. Oh, Mendoza, how I will miss you. Next up: beer, mountains, lakes and volcanoes, chocolate, salsa (of the dancing variety), more wine…Bariloche and Chile, here I come! But I digress. The purpose of this...
September 14th, 2008 | Brendan | Read More | Comments: 0
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Dining in Mendoza – Cava de Cano

... simply restaurants (without the attached wineries)…I have only a couple of must-visit restaurants to review, and then it’s time to move on from Mendoza! (sniff…) One final unforgettable lunch experience in wine country is an extended noontime at the legendary Cava de Cano. I can honestly say that I have never experienced quite the spread we encountered on our arrival at this unassuming restaurant in the heart of Mayor Drummond, Luján de Cuyo. Set in the colonial residence of Mendoza’s 1930’s...
September 10th, 2008 | Brendan | Read More | Comments: 0
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Dining at the Wineries of Mendoza – Terruños at Club Tapiz

... note that if you are looking to do a bodega tour, these are run out of the actual bodega, quite a bit farther south. If you are coming from downtown Mendoza, the restaurant is much closer—don’t make the mistake of showing up for lunch at the bodega! Terruños restaurant is sophisticated and professional, and set in a restored colonial home surrounded by vineyards. The menu is a more creative and modern fusion than your straightforward parrillada, making for a different Mendoza dining experience—definitely...
September 6th, 2008 | Brendan | Read More | Comments: 0
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Dining at the Wineries of Mendoza – Ruca Malen

... empty wine glasses and plates. Judging by the overwhelmingly positive response, Ruca Malen’s wine-paired lunch is well worth the visit; Vines of Mendoza rates it as one of their picks for winery lunches. Also there with us was a family that had ridden bikes from their nearby B&B. We coveted their proximity, while they gazed longingly at our list of far-flung visits and trunk laden with bottles. Both transportation methods obviously have their charms. In any case, Ruca Malén is a charming...
September 2nd, 2008 | Brendan | Read More | Comments: 0
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Dining at the Wineries of Mendoza – Nieto Senetiner

... of the snow-capped Andes across miles of vines to go with your lunch, and you have yourself a top pick for an exquisite midday meal-cum tasting in Mendoza’s wine country. For those who have not yet survived the avalanche of meat that is a parrillada (aka asado, or roast), it is a (usually massive) meal consisting of a sequence of meats presented one or two at a time and ranging from organs to sausages to ribs to succulent tenderloin. Suffice it to say that Nieto Senetiner (say it five times fast)...
August 28th, 2008 | Brendan | Read More | Comments: 0
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Dining at the Wineries of Mendoza – Familia Zuccardi

... ways, the incredible wine-paired meal we were so privileged to experience is responsible for kick-starting our love of Argentina’s food, and for Mendoza in general. It was also one of those marvelous Argentinean meals that went on for most of the afternoon, to the point that we ran out of time for the winery tour itself! We did sample most everything on offer, though… If you have time for only one winery lunch—and this is a very tough decision for me—I would choose Zuccardi. My only regret...
August 25th, 2008 | Brendan | Read More | Comments: 0
Filed under: argentina, culture, drinking, eating, Maipu, Mendoza, wine tour, Zuccardi

Touring the Wineries of Mendoza – Carmelo Patti

... in the vintner’s own handwriting. But make no mistake, this man knows his wine. One Argentina wine guide calls Patti “a winemaking legend in Mendoza – very nearly a one-man army, he makes all his wines single-handedly and with all the attention and care of a true master-craftsman.” And it shows. His Cabernet Sauvignon (’03: AR$55/US$18, ’02: AR$65/US$22) is textbook Cab Sauv in an area not as well known for the grape; his Malbec (AR$55) is predictably good, and the “Gran Assemblage”...
August 22nd, 2008 | Brendan | Read More | Comments: 0
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Touring the Wineries of Mendoza – Luigi Bosca

... me correctly, the Arizu family name is on the gate/sign, not “Luigi Bosca.” Luigi Bosca San Martin 2044 Mayor Drummond Luján de Cuyo Mendoza, Argentina lat/long: -33.01025, -68.87578 Tags: argentina, culture, Destination Overview, drinking, Luigi Bosca, Mendoza, wine tour ...
August 19th, 2008 | Brendan | Read More | Comments: 0
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Touring the Wineries of Mendoza – Bodega Norton

... drink it. My advice? Don’t stray below the Classico; you’ll regret it.] Bodega Norton Ruta provincial 15, Km 23.5 Perdriel, Luján de Cuyo Mendoza, Argentina +54 261 490 9700 turismo@norton.com.ar lat/long: -33.07853, -68.92097 Tags: argentina, culture, Customs & Rituals, drinking, Mendoza, Norton, wine tours ...
August 16th, 2008 | Brendan | Read More | Comments: 0
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Touring the Wineries of Mendoza Vol. 2

To keep this organised, I’m going to review my Mendoza favourites in the following order: wineries we love for tasting must-do wineries for gourmet lunch (naturally with wine pairings) restaurants best for a splurge dinner, most of them in wineries as well, or at least for the serious wine drinker (or aspiring oenophile!) Salud! Tags: argentina, culture, drinking, eating, Mendoza, wine tasting, winery tours ...
August 15th, 2008 | Brendan | Read More | Comments: 0
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Touring the Wineries of Mendoza Vol.1

... Try the best-known and most concentrated (it’s impossible to go wrong with Lujan de Cuyo or Maipú), shadow a tour itinerary, use the Vines of Mendoza’s notes, or—revolutionary—ask a local! They all have their favourites. Next, figure out how you want to travel. Many people rent a car for ultimate flexibility…but aren’t you driving around drinking? Public transit is pretty much useless for this kind of thing. Tours can be good but then you lose your control and may have to hang out with...
August 12th, 2008 | Brendan | Read More | Comments: 0
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Tasting Nights at Vines of Mendoza

The Vines of Mendoza tasting room is a great stop to expand the range of Argentinean wines you can try. Flights of representative reds, Mendoza stars, regional examples, etc. are all offered—like a crash course in the country’s juice. “Visiting the tasting room is like adding 10 wineries to your visit, without having to leave the city.” It can also help you decide which wineries you’d like to visit for more. Perhaps most fun are the Vines tasting nights. During the season the tasting...
August 9th, 2008 | Brendan | Read More | Comments: 1
Filed under: argentina, drinking, Mendoza, Vines of Mendoza, wine

Wine 101 – Vines of Mendoza

While I have tons of great ideas about how and where to start exploring the wine lover’s nirvana that is Mendoza, most of which I discovered after lots of nosing around, word of mouth and long confusing drives and Spanish directions…I have a shortcut. It actually pains me to pass this on, only because it means that you, the lucky reader, will not have to “earn” this golden knowledge the hard way! However, the guys that started The Vines of Mendoza deserve any kudos and business they get. Vines...
August 5th, 2008 | Brendan | Read More | Comments: 1
Filed under: argentina, drinking, Mendoza, wine, Wines of Mendoza

Mendoza, Argentina

There was a time when the pretty western Argentinean city of Mendoza was an oenophile’s insider secret, a wine region with over a hundred of years of history that had finally come into its own. The area had found its superstar grape, the otherwise humble malbec that adapted perfectly to the terroir, and in true Argentinean style, the locals kept all the best stuff for themselves. Only those in the know came, and of course the locals weren’t sharing. Although those days may be over, the wine...
August 1st, 2008 | Brendan | Read More | Comments: 0
Filed under: argentina, Destination Overview, Mendoza, winery

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