A Francophile in Argentina

I am in Mendoza, Argentina, as a guest of the Bodegas Escorihuela Gascon and Alamos wineries. As usual on these press trips, they keep you very busy, so I will be brief with just a few observations.

I had two motives for this trip: Obviously, to learn more about the wines. But also to figure out if Argentina is a place I’d like to come back to with my husband, on vacation…..Some very random observations so far…..

The first thing I do when I get to a new country is to try to figure out how to order the coffee I like. A “macchiato” in Argentina is a courtado. And this one came with a cookie! Already I liked this country.

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Looking out my hotel room, I was surprised at how modern the cityscape is. After all, Mendoza is a few centuries old, and European settlers have been here for ages.

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Turns out, there was a massive earthquake in the 19th century. All that was left were a few ruins of this church.

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That explains a lot. Still, in spite of a lot of midcentury concrete buildings, Mendoza is a place of parks and squares and a certain irresistible Latin graciousness. Here’s a rainbow in the Spanish square.

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New to me, and you heard it from me first (maybe): They make great olive oil here. Personally, I have never imbibed olive oil from a wine glass, but they take the tasting pretty seriously. I thought this olive oil, from the Laure company, started by a Frenchman, was grand. Not yet available in the US, but when it is, I’ll be first in line.

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No, he’s not a cowboy, he’s a vineyard manager. (Random observation, but there’s more to look at here than the Andes.)

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Later, an Empanada lesson. It’s all in how you roll the edges. Forget then Empanadas. How about a scarf-tying lesson.

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Rivals a Frenchwoman, n’est-ce pas?

More later….as I mentioned, they keep you hopping.

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