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"Just how do they get those aromas into the wine?"

Belasco de Baquedano is a big producer of Mendoza appellation. After our first amazing and informative day visiting Bonfanti we had another tasting at the Belasco de Baquedano, a very large producer which also presents the “Hall of Aromas” where 46 individual varietal aromas are contained in clear acrylic containers. It’s all those distinctive aromas that we use to describe the nose of the wine.  Entering the "Hall of Aromas". We learned there are three levels of aromas: 1) Primary aromas actually come from the raw material itself specific to each varietal; 2) Secondary aromas are produced by the yeasts during fermentation; 3) Tertiary aromas appear during ageing and also when the wine reposes in the bottle. Among the 46 aromas were musk, violet, grass, hay, banana, wood, thyme, truffle and more. Now, if I can only remember them next time I go to taste the wines at Artista Wine Cellars...
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Be informed. Read the label.

Our first Argentina wine tour tasting was one of the most informed enoteca experiences I've ever had. We started at the Bonfanti family vineyard walking through the vines with Alejandro Bonfandi, one of two sons who own and operate their estate winery. Roberto, their father, manages the vineyard; Sebastian, one of the sons is the winemaker; and Alejandro runs the business side. Familia Bonfanti is a boutique micro-winery located in the Lujan de Cuyo in the upper Mendoza Valley. The estate dates back to 1915 when their Italian grandfather planted the first vineyard to Malbec and in 2005 they completed their state of the art micro winery.  Situated on a beautiful property olive trees are intermingled in the vineyards, colorful red roses bloom at the end of trellised vines with views of the Andes in the stunning blue sky on the horizon.  We're ready to help harvest grapes on our Argentina wine tour they're...
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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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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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