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Sultry Tango and Saucy Malbec

Tango dancers in San Telmo market. We kicked off our Wines and Adventures tour of Argentina at the La Cava wine tasting room just a few blocks up from our hotel for a tasting of three distinct Argentine wines with an excellent presentation by a young well-informed sommelier highlighting the four principal wine producing regions of the country: 1) the North in the province of Salta, 2) Patagonia, 3) the Cuyo region (northern valley of Mendoza) and 4) the Uco Valley (south of Mendoza). We looked at the big picture of geography, geology and the corresponding influence of climate, especially how the Andes blocks moisture coming from the Pacific across Chile that creates the dry and harsh conditions combined with infertile soils creating ideal wine producing conditions. I can tell already instead of birding list, on this trip we’re going to need a wine tasting list, and Ruth is going to...
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“This is a wine tour of Argentina I would love to do!”

On arrival in Buenos Aires everyone was excited in anticipation of our inaugural Argentine Wines and Adventures: Mendoza and the Northwest for a variety of reasons. My sister, Jale, was the first to sign up because she enjoys wine, loves good food, likes to practice her Spanish, but most of all because she loves her brother. Her friend Eve from Pasadena, CA said she knew she picked the right trip when she showed our itinerary to an Argentine acquaintance who is a well-respected wine producer in Temecula, California, an up and coming new wine producing region north of San Diego. The Argentine woman who was from Mendoza took one look at our itinerary and said, “Que linda! This is a wine tour of Argentina I would love to do!” and she proceeded to make a photocopy of the itinerary.   Duke, Gabrielle, Rosemaire, Ruth and Jale, happy to travel in Argentina!...
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I just discovered “Tincho” from Argentina.

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“New Age” from Argentina was recently displayed at my local grocery wine department as the latest rage in Argentina. Since Anne and I are leading our upcoming Wines and Adventures in Argentina trip with our friends from Arista Wine Cellars in Edmonds, WA, I figure we better get in the know. Turns out, it’s been around Argentina for while now, and especially popular in a hot day in sophisticated Buenos Aires. Now is seems to becoming all the rage in the US. I can see why… The profile description under the bottle written by the wine steward read that it’s best as a refreshing drink in summer (which is happening right now in Argentina) over ice with lime or lemon. I rushed home to give it a taste. Wow! It’s a Sauvignon Blanc (50 percent) and Malvasia (50 percent) from Mendoza, Argentina. New Age is very light-bodied, but utterly crisp and...
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Hiking in Patagonia - End of the World

I got asked where would I go if the world was really coming to an end December 21, 2012.   This could possibly be the toughest question to ask someone whose passion is  adventure travel . I pondered between choosing somewhere new or returning to a place that I love for a while and I have to give in to my desire for exploration and go somewhere new. If it was truly the end of the world I would go hiking in Patagonia . I’ve spent my whole life dreaming about it, so why not take advantage of my last chance to see it. I would go because I love the mountains and Patagonia has some of the most gorgeous ones you can find. To see and climb Cordillera del Paine in Torres del Paine National Park would be quite the way to go out. I would want to bring my Dad...
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The Puzzle of Patagonia Part II: Donde Ir?

Back in August I set out with the best intentions to compile a series of blog posts to share my first-hand knowledge of the vast region known simply as Patagonia and help educate you, dear readers, on where and when to spend your time in this most fabled swath of South America. Between planning custom trips, developing new programs in Brazil and Colombia (coming soon!), embarking on a few jaunts myself and readying for winter relocation to Breckenridge, CO, I got a tad sidetracked. Without further ado, here is part II of our Patagonia Puzzle series, which delves into the highlights of three of the most popular destinations in the region; Torres del Paine National Park in Chile and El Calafate & El Chalten in Argentina, located at opposite ends of Los Glacieres National Park. Two questions that I hear from potential travelers time and again are "What is the difference...
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