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A Mother & Daughter Wine Tasting in Spain

A Mother & Daughter Wine Tasting in Spain
This October I went on a mother/daughter wine and culinary trip to the Basque Country of Spain. My mom and I had never been to Spain together and thought this trip would be perfect for us because it contained two very important things... wine and food . First off, flying is not on my list of favorite things to do. However, I do love spending time with my Mom and drinking wine. So, I jumped on an airplane for what I knew would be a trip filled with new and wonderful experiences.  Since this was a wine and culinary tour there wasn’t the rush of adventure as in zip lining or wildlife safari’s - the adventure for me was seeing a new place with my mom, trying new foods and seeing the wine making process. My favorite thing that we did was in San Sebastián; a really fun cooking class where...
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When the travel gods give you bad weather- keep calm and…drink wine!

When the travel gods give you bad weather- keep calm and…drink wine!
Currently in Argentina there are several severe wind storms, mainly within the province of Buenos Aires, passing through the country. This has resulted in much pandemonium around flight delays and cancellations including two of our own traveler’s flights from Mendoza to Buenos Aires. I checked in with these guests this morning to let them know that we were adjusting their itinerary so as not to miss important excursions in their next destination and that we had alerted the next hotel they would be arriving later than expected. They told me that they were having a ball and taking advantage of the extra time to do some additional wine tasting in Mendoza . I loved this attitude and think that it perfectly embodies the go-with-the-flow nature we all must strive for while traveling when circumstances out of our control arise. Why not make something great of it? This underlies howwe, the Wildland Team...
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Why visit Cape Town with a guide?

Why visit Cape Town with a guide?
We asked our Cape Town guide  Doug Thompson , pictured here with his wife Sarah, to tell us why Cape Town, and why Cape Town with a guide. Why Cape Town ? Cape Town is the perfect gateway to Southern Africa. It's a gentle landing for those travelers who are on their first adventure to Africa. Many guests are surprised at its cosmopolitan feel , its vibrancy and the Mediterranean atmosphere. It is unmistakably Africa, but for those heading into 'darkest' Africa on safari , it offers a colorful arrival that often takes ones' breath away. Cape Town has the variety of settings that few other cities offer. Within a radius of 40 minutes drive, one can experience spectacular coastline, majestic mountains, semi-arid ecozones, and the beautiful winelands. As far as cities go ( 4.5 million people) , we can get out of the city onto the beach, into the forest,...
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Light, Desert, Wine and the Andes- Argentina’s Northwest Treasures

Light, Desert, Wine and the Andes- Argentina’s Northwest Treasures
In light of a recent New York Times article entitled, “In Argentina, Wine, Art and Altitude” by Alessandra Stanley, I felt inspired to take a moment to highlight our Wine, Cultures and Canyonlands: Mendoza and Northwest Tour , and put a special emphasis on Argentina’s Northwest. In Stanley’s article she tackles a grand feat of successfully painting a picture of the rugged beauty and oddities that thrive at Donald Hess’ Colome Vineyard and his James Turrell-dedicated Light Museum in the northwest corner of Argentina. “Together, the Hess winery and art museum may well be one of the most puzzling one-man grand projects since the Pyramids of Egypt”, Stanley only half-jokingly points out. She indulges in the, somewhat comical and rather imaginative contradiction that is the rigid, traditional and extraordinary Colome winery of Swiss businessman, Donald Hess, and his contrasting obscure light museum, which poses as a shrine to James Turrell’s work,...
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Kurt Kutay
I led our first group trip to Mendoza and Salta in NW Argentina, and this article really does a great job of highlighting some of ... Read More
Friday, 20 June 2014 16:06
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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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