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A Return Trip to Argentina

Monday, April 18th, 2011

The first time I was invited to visit Argentina in 2010 was awesome, so much so that when I was invited back for a second time, with a party of 5 independent wine retailers form the UK I was a bit apprehensive. My first visit had had such a profound effect on me that I couldn’t see how it could ever be bettered, and secretly I didn’t think it would be anywhere near as good – but of course I shouldn’t have worried, as my second visit in March this year was 10 times better than my first!

The first time I visited was as part of my prize for winning Independent Wine Retailer of the Year in 2010. This time I was invited by Wines of Argentina, with 5 other independent wine retailers, and in the week that we were there we covered a lot of ground. My first trip had concentrated in and around Mendoza, but this time we also managed to head North, into some beautiful country to visit Salta and Cafayate.

Cafayate was a 4 hour drive from Mendoza and it was a truly spectacular journey. As we headed through the picturesque mountain valleys, the mountains shone bright pink in the sunlight. I sat on our minibus, listening to Argentinean music, looking out over the pink rocky mountains and felt like the luckiest person alive – mesmerising.

I must admit I could have done without the near plane crash at Mendoza airport as we came into land in a huge storm, and the floods in Mendoza city were pretty impressive as the storm water rampaged through the open irrigation channels that run along the city streets – but looked more like a white water rafting course.

Following this visit I am even more committed to Argentinean wine. We already have a further 10 Argentinean wines in store and we have plans for a further 20 – 30 bottles – and last week I was back at the Argentinean Embassy in London for yet another Argentinean wine tasting – so watch this space…..

Tango Dancers at Barrica Wines

Tuesday, November 30th, 2010

Our Argentinean night in September was a huge success. It was inspired by Jane’s visit to Argentina in March, which she visited as part of her prize for winning the 2010 Independent Wine Retailer of the Year. Whilst visiting Argentina, Jane really enjoyed visiting the different vineyards and tasting the fabulous wines, but she said she was also mesmerised by the Tango dancing, and wanted to recreate the whole experience in Lancashire.

So on the Argentinean night, guests were not only treated to some excellent Argentinean cuisine including Empanadas, Mussel Soup, Steak Cimichurri and Churros with Hot Chocolate Sauce and accompanied by 6 excellent Argentinean wines, they were also wowed by the grand finale when two professional tango dancers put on a very special Tango Extravaganza!

Tango Dancers

The tango dancers were Santiago Monticelli from Buenos Aires and Masha Gurina from the Ukraine and on the following Sunday morning they even made a special trip to Hazelwood Ward, Chorley Hospital to dance again for Jane’s husband Frank Cuthbertson – who was unfortunately ill in hospital and had missed all the fun on the Saturday night.

Argentinean Tango Dancers at Chorley Hospital

Argentinean wines tasted on the night included Foster “Los” Sparkling Rose, Lorca “Fantasia” Torrontes, Lorca “Poetica” Viognier, Lorca “Opalo” Malbec, Enrique Foster Malbec Reserva and Malbrontes.

There will be plenty more Dinner and wine tasting events in 2011, so keep an eye on the website or ensure your name is on our mailing list, so we can keep you up to date with all our events.