Friday, January 18, 2008
The Vines of Mendoza
Any wine trip to Mendoza should begin and end at The Vines of Mendoza. The Vines is a great tasting room and information center right off the main plaza and across the street from the Park Hyatt.
I am ashamed to admit that we had been here a week already and had not made it to a single bodega (i.e. winery—the Argentines us a different word for everything here!).
That doesn't mean we haven't been educating ourselves on the best of Argentine wines. The Vines has been a great place to get our bearings on who's who of wine in Argentina.
Our first visit to The Vines was on our second day in Mendoza. We popped in that afternoon to have a good glass of wine to relax and escape the heat. They introduced us to a great Malbec from MonteCinco. It was wonderfully complex with intense oak flavors.
Our next night, we returned for their Monday night cheese and wine pairings. This was a great way to be introduced to some great wines beyond the ubiquitous Malbec. However, the cheese alone was worth the entry price.
Tuesday night we payed for one of their exclusive tastings in their private tasting room.
We highly recommend The Vines as an essential resource for learning about the 100's of great wines from around Medoza and Argentina. They can even recommend and book tours of the best local wineries.