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Still Kickin’ - Divine Wine from South America edit


The confession: The popping noise gives me goose bumps. I have always loved wine, but now The Enthusiast woke up and life would never be the same. Being passionate about the world of wine makes my mission in life to search and purchase wine to enjoy with family and friends. If this requires traveling the world, then so be it.

Nothing gets my juices going like a wine tour in the most exotic of places, wearing, of course a t-shirt that proclaims me as the "Wine Diva." Nevertheless I am not afraid any more to spit and criticize or swirl and admire as a wine demands.

Now, I am finally back home from the Wine Tour.

Dsc03346_1 I missed you very much, but have to admit the Wine Tour was an unique and espectacular opportunity to explore my beloved Argentina and Uruguay in a new way. Loved to argue over a chardonnay and found the romance of corks irresistible.

Andres Rosberg, a fine gentleman that happens to be the President of the Argentinian Association of Sommeliers, traveled with our small group trough the top vineyards of his country and Uruguay. Winery after winery, I lost track of how many wines we tasted, but I sure remember the places we visited:

First, Cafayate in the Salta province. There we stayed at the Cafayate Wine Resort.  We visited Bodega El Esteco, and later we went to Bodega Laborum and vineyard. We had lunch at the home of the Laborum owner, Marcelo Romero, who is the brother of the governor of the province.

Dsc03183 October 8 was the perfect day to visit the Domingo Hermanos Winery. It was sunny with a refreshing breeze that accompany us through our journey. Thirty minutes away was the San Pedro de Yacochuya winery waiting for us. The delicious lunch was as good as their wine.

Then, Mendoza. What an unique place. We stayed at the Park Hyatt Hotel, and to tell you the truth I could NOT resist the temptation to nurture my wine-loving body with one of their beauty treatments with wine. Oh my! It was quite sticky, but I loved every second of it. Ahhh...

Tomorrow I will write about the places we visited in Mendoza, including a great video featuring "the making of empanadas in a rustic oven made of mud." Stay Tuned!

Dsc03185 Now, I leave you with a link to Asado Argentina, a very nice blog on Argentinian Asado. They have an array of recipes and tips to cook the perfect asado and side dishes to accompany such a delicacy.

AND, if you are in the mood for some Argentinian Empanadas and Chimichurri Sauce, check out this scrumptious recipe. You WON'T regret it.

Have a tasty afternoon!


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  • by Chef Melissa
  • October 20, 2006
  • 12:09 pm


Picture of Dadivosa Dadivosa said on...
10.20.06 at 12:27 PM |

Melissa, it’s been a while since I last passed by your blog and now I see all these wonderful news!
Thanks so much for the recipes (I am absolutely in love with Argentinian cuisine) and for the link.
I can’t wait to see this video :D

Picture of melissa .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) said on...
10.20.06 at 02:14 PM |

Gracias Dadivosa! It is always wonderful to see my dear friends when they pay me a visit. I promise you, next time I’ll go to Brasil ;D
Un abrazo,

Picture of Don Ray Don Ray said on...
10.21.06 at 07:23 AM |

Argentina wines! Let’s see I will have a bottle or red and one of white.

Welcome back.

Picture of ANDREINA ANDREINA said on...
10.22.06 at 11:56 AM |

Meliiii!!!!...que bello ese viaje!!!!, que delicia los vinos y las empanaditas…hmmmmm!!!!

Picture of melissa .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) said on...
10.22.06 at 02:45 PM |

Gracias Don Ray for your visit! Enjoy your wines smile

Andreina! gracias! acabo de pasar por tu blog y me han encantado las fotos de tu último evento. Que gusto me hubiera dado el probar esos chocolates que lucen tan preciosos! Un abrazo,

Picture of maria luisa maria luisa said on...
11.10.06 at 05:31 AM |

qué bueno que disfrutaste tu viaje. Los vinos siempre tienen mucho para aprender. A mi me encantan!

Un abrazo desde Caracas,

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