The Vineyard at the End of the World Book Giveaway!

If James Bond drank Malbec instead of Martinis, he would be in this book.  At first, I'll admit, I was skeptical–would I be interested in reading a whole book about the history of Argentine wine?  But reading this book  is like having your BFF climb into bed with you and tell you all the latest chisme.  […]

Laura Catena’s Vino Argentino

In 2009, when I met Peter Perez of Chronicle Books at the IACP conference he told me that Laura Catena was writing a guidebook to Argentinean wines and wine regions, to be published by Chronicle in 2010.  Guidebook is an understatement–Bible of Argentine Wine is a more accurate description–and the wait is finally over! If you're not familiar […]

Bowen Grape Harvest

Argentina is famous for the 're-discovery' of wines made from Malbec, its best-known export.  It's thousands of acres of grapes aren't just a livelihood, but a cause for celebration: La Vendimia, or the Harvest, is marked in Mendoza with parades and celebrations that last for weeks.  Occurring from mid-March to April, the festivities close with the […]

Bodega Achaval Ferrer

Bodega Achaval Ferrer is another of Mendoza's hidden gems.   Driving down a dirt road in the middle of nowhere, (as Chile-based food and wine writer Liz Caskey told me–the true litmus test of Mendoza driving is navigating those wine country roads!) you suddenly find yourself on an olive-tree lined lane, with huge red rose bushes in-between that […]

Bodega Melipal

  Bodega Melipal is one of Mendoza's new bodegas that are ultra-modern and yet embrace the region's long-standing traditions of wine-making.  The bodega leaves no detail forgotten–woven native rugs from the Andes adorn the walls, tiny potted succulents grace tables in the dining room.  The building itself is stunning, a combination of wood, steel,glass and […]