Every week or so we turn in a big bag of laundry to a little laundry tienda, and pick it up 24 hours later. What we get back NEVER equals what we turn in.
When we packed up to leave our last hostel I noticed that I was missing my favorite ExOfficio underpants. In their place, I found these “Victory” briefs.
It seems like a premature statement to me, but I suppose if you reach the point where someone else is reading this, you may as well make the early claim.
So far our experience on the Ruta 40 has been tops, (remember here). We knew the best sections were yet to come, and when we set off we were validated.
Then we hit this, a F’in road block. Are you serious? I thought we left all that behind in Bolivia, (remember here).
These guys decided to close the Ruta 40 because their little town was not recognized on the map and they wanted recognition. The town had a population of like 7 people.
Even citizen #4, the sheriff, was out. (Seen below talking to Stevie while enforcing the illegal closure).
This led to a huge debate between Stevie and I. While she got all chatty with them, and quite vocal about supporting their right to civil disobedience, I was like…
ARE YOU F#CKING KIDDING ME, GET THOSE TOOTHPICKS OUT OF THE WAY AND OPEN THE DAMN ROAD!
Look, I’m all for supporting a cause, but make it a real damn cause. And you have to weigh what you’re doing vs. what you’re asking people to sacrifice due to your civil disobedience.
You people stole countless collective hours from the lives of the people sitting at your stupid road block. Just so you could be recognized on a stupid map? Sorry, that’s not a fair trade.
If people are oppressed, or people are dying, or people are suffering, or a wrong has been done, I’ll be with you. I actually 100% agree with this post that Stevie wrote on Occupy Wallstreet (a great read, check it out here).
But if you’re jacking with my time while having a family f’in BBQ on the side of the road, just cause closing roads is in vogue and you want some attention… F your cause. You’re lucky I’m a family man now.
Anyway, moving right along.
We made it to Cafayate, the zone widely considered to be the #2 best wine region in all of Argentina, behind Mendoza. It looked tops to me.
We got busy doing what we do. The South American wine tour has commenced!
I was excited for Soleil. This would be the beginning of her first real wine tour and I was excited to show her the ropes. Never too young to learn.
As a family, wine touring is something that we take very seriously. As a matter of fact, when Stevie and I first moved into the van together almost 4 years ago, the first thing we did was a wine tour from LA to Canada, visiting 152 wineries in every major growing region, (remember here)
As I’m learning here in South America, many things have changed since our last wine tour. One of the first things I’ve noticed about wine touring with Soleil is that it’s hard to get anyone to talk about WINE!
“Excuse me ,<tap the table>, can I get a pour over here… HELLO… I’m empty…”
This is no joke. These employees actually took our baby, and then told us to go sit down and that they’d be with us in 5 minutes, or so.
So far all these people have been way more interested in Sol than in my palette.
NOT COOL Soleil. I know I taught you to work the room, but you’re distracting from the family mission, VINO!
After a few times of this happening, we started figuring out how to leverage Sol’s popularity.
Stevie – “We’d really love to see your private reserve room”
Winery Employee – “I’m sorry, we don’t allow people in that part of the winery”
Stevie – “Yes, but Sol would REALLY like to see it. Would you like to show her?”
Winery Employee – “Well, I guess we could take a quick look”
Pic from the private cellar. Dust on the bottles. A good sign.
Stevie – “We’d really like to buy a bottle of your 2006 Estate Reserve Malbec. We also love these glasses. Our wine glasses recently broke.?”
Winery Employee – “Oh I’m sorry, we don’t sell these bottles of wine. They are not for sale.”
Stevie – “Yes, but Sol would REALLY like one. And how about the glasses?”
Winery Employee – “Well, maybe we can sell you just one bottle.”
Finally this kid is starting to earn her keep.
After so many countries with barely drinkable wine, it’s really good to be back in real wine country. I think we’re really going to like it here.
Below, a series of photos as we tasted our way down the Ruta 40…
We finally arrived in Mendoza, the Mecca for Argentine wine.
We only plan to spend a few days here, and then jet to Chile. We need to get Kiki’s paper work so she can cross the border, and then we’re out.
When we get back from the USA visit at the end of August we plan to return to Mendoza for a few months to really do it proper.
Next stop, Chile!