Wine flight in Mendoza
Trip Start Mar 17, 2008
33Trip End Jun 08, 2008
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We´ve enjoyed the fact that everywhere we´ve been it´s been possible to explore on foot, Mendoza was no exception. A slight delay in the proceedings though, for some crucial maintenance, GB to be waxed(!), and me to replace the blue Adidas shorts that have courted so much "feedback" from family and friends who have viewed our earlier trip photos
Anyway, those essentials duly completed we enjoyed a super sidewalk lunch washed down by a very generous glass of Malbec (of course). We worked out that the wine in UK would have cost as much as our entire lunch.
After that we explored Parque San Martin with its stunning Andes backdrop, long oval lake, rose gardens and lots of beautiful people sunning themselves at the rowing club´s exclusive pool. We made our way back to the hostel to collect our bags via Millionaires row - some gorgeous properties, and also via the street leading up to the University absolutely packed with bars and restaurants - something to remember for Friday when we´re back. (photos will follow shortly)
Then it was on to the bus station and a three-and-a-quarter hour journey to San Rafael in the heart of the Cuyo wine making region. Expectations were high.....
The bus journey was a laugh, another film was shown (Reign Over Me - superb performance from Adam Sandler I thought from what I could hear above the chatter of Argentine locals - these guys really know how to talk, they are amazing conversationalists, fascinating to watch), we dozed for a while; waking up with the bus pulling into its first stop
For her part GB also had to contend with the bored 6-year old lad whose only source of amusement was blowing raspberries and using the back of her chair as a punch bag. After suffering in silence for 20 minutes her words were muted but unmistakable "Don´t mess with me when I´m tired" she said after glares at mother and son proved fruitless. I knew some kind of direct action was coming and she did not disappoint. One punch too many and the seat was fully reclined - at speed. Poor lad took the blow on the shoulder and sat very still for the last 50km!!
And so it was that we arrived in San Rafael (240km south of Mendoza) just before 10.30pm, only day packs to carry having asked the hostel in Mendoza if we could leave most of our stuff there, and made our way on foot to the Red Wine Hotel. Again we´ve hit the jackpot with this place, absolutely lovely, just 9 rooms, seven of which are empty, a sweet courtyard garden with a small pool, hammocks, deck chairs (not a German beach towel in sight) and lawn - and walking distance from 3 bodegas, La Abeja, Jean Rivier and Bianchi. We expect to sample each during our 3 days here.....