Tango & Wine
Trip Start Nov 02, 2011
130Trip End May 31, 2012
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On Sunday night (1st Jan) we decided to head to the local milonga to check out tango in Mendoza, courtesy of Ana and Luis, teachers in the city
Monday morning we awoke for our day of wine tasting! The hostel had arranged for a large group of us to go in three cars (Celeste's and two friends') and to visit three bodegas with a lunch at the second. We started out at 9am and arrived at Kaiken Bodega at 10am where Lucy (our guide) demonstrated the different styles of vineyard (Italian, French etc) and explained about grafting. Some of her plants were grafted twice, with an American root ball, then a different stem, then malbec grafted on top - amazing! Then we took a look at the wine making process and the huge concrete fermenters they used (the traditional method) including a peek inside one at the "base" for their sparkling wine. Then we retired to the tasting room where we had a generous sample of a rose, a cabernet sauvignon, and a malbec/sauvignon. So in short I was a bit drunk at 11am (it was too nice to spit it out). Then on to the next bodega, Belasco De Baquedano, where we had another tour (including their amazing "room of smell") and a 5-course meal with five wines to try. Amazingly I had veggie food throughout - it's not true what they say about Argentina! So now it's 4pm and I'm ready for a sleep! Then we rushed to the last bodega, Carinae, where we tried so many I lost count
Kaiken - click here
JJ's Favourites were the Rose and the Reserva Malbec.
Liz's Favourite was the Reserva Malbec .
Belasco De Baquedano - click here
JJ's Favourites was the Loan (Llama)
Liz's Favourites was the Loan (Llama)
Carinae - click here
JJ and Liz had drunk too much but they were all great!
Monday night, after scorching 40 degree heat all day (and an early hangover from all the wine!), we headed over for our first tango class in Argentina with Ana and Luis - click here. Well, they worked us hard, especially James as he had to lead! Thankfully we met an angel in Luis (a local who now lives with his wife in New Orleans but was visiting home and learning tango) who translated the finer points of the direction for us. The 2 hour class was amazing value at ~£3! Afterwards we went for a meal with Luis and enjoyed muchos bottles of local cerveza and much chat.
Tuesday we chilled due to the extreme heat again, but enjoyed some vino with others before heading back to the bus station for our night bus, 9pm on Fletchabus to Buenos Aires (13 hrs). We splashed out on cama class (recliner seats a la business class) with hostess service meals, drinks and a movie :) best night sleep for a while due to the amazing air con, ahhhhh!
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