Bikes and wine - what a lovely combo

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Tuesday, September 10, 2013

We took a detour from our Chilean travels back into Argentina (a hop and a skip back over the Andes) to sample the wine. We had hoped to do this from Santiago but there was so much snow the pass we couldn't cross the Andes.
That we did, cycling around the vineyards and getting a little tipsy on the way - Malbec, Cabernet Sauvignon - even absinthe! Heavenly.
We met a fabulous man of Italian descent called Carmelo Patti who made the most incredible Cabernet Sauvignon from his small winery just outside Mendoza. He didn't speak any English but his passion and hand gestures helped us understand what he was telling us. He proudly showed us articles about him and his wine from, among others, the Washington Post and New York Times. If you are looking for a Cabernet Sauvignon or Malbec back at home look out for him on the restaurant menus.
Mendoza itself was all wide, tree-lined avenues and plazas, having been totally rebuilt since a major earthquake in the late 19th century. But the most spectacular part of the trip was the journey back and forth across and over the Andes. Spectacular and terrifying! One section up the side of a mountain had more than 40 curves, winding up and up as far as you can see with steep drops and not a lot of room..... 
Something tells us we're going to have to used to this as we travel further north.
Next stop La Serena on the North Chilean coast in search of the elusive penguins. 
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Mumjo on

Have just enjoyed days of your adventure in half an hour. Thankyou sooo much for this great picture of your journey. Hope the star gazing went OK and you have made it through the 40year celebrations. You must be nearly meeting Ben now and onto the Machu Picu (!)
All good here getting a bit winter like but still bright and nice. Very busy but we are well. Love you both loads. xxxxxx

bobandtracie on

Love you lots too! Yes Ben joins us in less than a week! Glad you enjoy the blog.. leaving Chile for Bolivia tomorrow! X x

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