Three months ago, when we moved into our apartment in Mendoza, we said that we basically had until my birthday before the countdown began for us to get on the road again.
Well, we just celebrated my 38th birthday, and…...THE COUNTDOWN BEGINS! In less than two weeks, we’ll be heading south again.
The day started the way every day starts: I rolled over and kissed Soleil and then Tree; I started the coffee and took Kiki out to pee. As I stood waiting for Kiki, I thought, Good god, I’m almost 40. Where does the time go?
Then, Noni came over to cook us all breakfast, her famous creamy eggs with medialunas (an Argentine pastry similar to but sweeter than a croissant). She also came bearing gifts: Check out the gorgeous spaghetti strap camisole and skirt ensemble that I am wearing in the photo below. I felt like a princess! All day, Noni added the touches that a mother brings, like cake and candles and presents wrapped in real wrapping paper.
The day before, Amanto had arrived from San Francisco to visit for the holidays, so after breakfast, we all piled in the Sprinter, including Kiki, and went wine tasting–a must-do before leaving Mendoza, the Napa Valley of South America.
First stop Pulenta. Pulenta is a family-run, artesenal winery, one of the biggest of the small production bodegas.
Our favorite wine from Pulenta, and possibly in all of Mendoza, is the Pulenta Cabernet Franc. Strong green pepper, spiced plum, herby-wonder notes + full mouthfeel+ complex finish = spec-fucking-tacular. Find it. Order it. Love it.
So, what do you think would happen if we stored a barrel in….say….a Sprinter van?
Noni and Amanto getting wild!
Soleil sizing up her competition.
Meh. Kiki and I got this.
Next stop Ruca Malen for a delicious lunch with wine pairing.
One course from the five course meal (I accidentally ate a few bites before I remembered to take a picture. And then I accidentally ate every subsequent course and never remembered to take a picture. Food blogging is not my forte. Eating is more my strength).
Next stop Bressia, another small family-run place that makes my favorite blend, Profundo, and my favorite Malbec, Monteagrelo 2011 (90 points from Robert Parker, Wine Advocate) in Mendoza. Again, find them, order them, enjoy.