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When I was 15 I moved to a small town in the Pampas of Argentina as an exchange student. Knowing absolutely no Spanish upon arrival (besides hola and la cucaracha- neither being the most helpful), I found numerous other ways to communicate with my local family and hosts- my favorite being through food! Learning a culture’s culinary traditions is by far and away one of the best ways to gain new perspectives on who people are and where they come from. My host mom and I immediately hit it off as I started learning to cook some of Argentina’s favorite dishes from her.
One of my favorite dishes, that I still love to bake with friends and family, is Empanadas. Empanadas are the beloved comfort food of much of Latin America and come in numerous sizes, shapes and delicious flavor variations. The name Empanada comes from the Spanish word “empanar”...
Anybody who signs up for wines and adventures in Argentina has got to be fun traveler...and did we have fun traveling together! Following are pics of our group, guides and a few friends we encountered along the way...
Our beloved grandam of the group, Rosemarie celebrated her birthday our last night together and received a handmade traveler's greeting card from all her fans.
Cindy, who traveled with us in Peru five years ago, models a beautiful poncho from Salta at our stop on the Road of the Artisans.
Richard traveled throughout Patagonia for over a month doing a lot of fishing and exploring around before he concluded his South American adventure by joining our wine and gastronomy tour at the start of the trip in Mendoza.
Our lead guide in Salta, Alejandro (right), skilled driver Sebastian (center) and assistant guide (left).
Colleen shares her knowledge with the rest of the group and...
Kurt Kutay praises Pablo (left) and Izekiel the winemaker (center) for
the full terroir of La Azul wine paired with joyful hospitality and exquisite cuisine.
At bodega La Azul it occurred to me how much more there is to the full terroir of any wine. Most bodegas offer tastings along with discussions about the specific characteristics of their wine. But the joy we experienced as I described previously on that night at bodega La Azul was a big part of the full terroir of their wine beyond the physical and practical considerations of cultivar type, soil, climate, vineyard location, planting, trellis system, pruning techniques.
If terroir is considered to be the full ecology of a wine, then other key factors are the cultural and social milieu wherein the whole enterprise of production and consumption takes place. Ezequiel Fadel, Chef Jaime, Pablo and all our friends at La Azul rounded out the full body of the evening...