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Virgen del Carmen Festival: Patron Saint of Paucartambo, July 15-16

Dancers parading through the town of Paurcartambo on our Virgen del Carmen festival tour of Peru. One of the most amazing cultural events I've experienced in all my travels is the Virgen del Carmin Festival held in the remote village of Paucartambo high in the Andes of Peru about four hours drive over a winding mountain road from Cusco. We organize an  escorted Virgen del Carmen Festival trip to Peru every few years and this summer July 15 and 16, 2013 South America Program Director Kirsten Gardner will be leading a group of Wildland travelers to experience what one previous traveler likened to a Fellini movie! We will be joining hundreds of native Quechua and mestizo residents who walk and drive to Paurcartambo from villages afar to dance, play music, sing and drink in the 2-day celebration that honors its patron saint, La Virgen del Carmen, which the local townsfolk endearingly...
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Travelers Gone Wild on Our Wines and Adventures in Argentina

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 gives...
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The Full Terroir

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...
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Wine tasting in Mendoza: The joy of La Azul

According to Ruth and David, our insider wine experts and co-owners of Arista Wine Cellars in Edmonds, WA, wine retailers “Buy on bread and sell on cheese.” That’s because bread and crackers cleanse the palate best for tasting, but when it comes to serving and selling wine give ‘em cheese because the proteins in the dairy smooth out the flavors in wine and often make it more desirable. Our Wildland Adventures Argentina tour group in the cavernous cellars of Salentine. On this day we ate lots of bread and cheese and had the opportunity to contrast select wines in the Uco Valley from among the biggest producers in the region to one of the smallest. We start out at Salentine vineyards, at over 1 million bottles a year it is among the biggest producers. Then we compared their massive high tech tanks and expansive cask cellars  with the tiny garage bodega...
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Guest — santa barbara
It's nice post. I enjoyed that very much. Please post more about wine tour.
Sunday, 05 May 2013 07:42
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Mendoza a la boca!

As soon as we arrived in Mendoza we hit the ground tasting and dining. First up was dinner at Francis Mallman’s prestigious 1884 Restaurant in a beautiful old winery outside of town. Having a long career in the gourmet food industry, he returned the elemental roots of Argentine cooking with fire in the outdoors now acclaimed on his gourmet TV show and renown for several of Argentina’s best restaurants.   The first night out of the city in the outdoor courtyard of 1882 inspired in-the-moment glee from Ruth, “Dining outside in the candlelight with grass underfoot and the southern constellations shimmering overhead, we surely have arrived in Argentina!”    Table setting at 1882 Restaurant.   Anne and Julie with fresh empanadas. The constellation of plates and wines were equally stunning: goat and beef steaks delivered to our table just steps from the open fire was washed down with aromatic Malbecs in...
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