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.


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.


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


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.


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.


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


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


Rivals a Frenchwoman, n’est-ce pas?

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

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