Food & Wine

Mendoza’s appeal as a travel destination hinges on its wine and food.

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Brillat Savarin displayed its most tempting products in the shop window. We have to admit we were lured in to make a few purchases.

Those same colors appeared not far away; this time on baby high chairs at a sidewalk bistro.

Those same colors appeared not far away; this time on baby high chairs at a sidewalk bistro.

Doesn’t everyone want a peaceful setting looking out to a lush garden for breakfast? The menu was as good as the setting at Anna Bistro. We ordered yogurt with fresh fruit, croissant, pan de chocolate, orange juice and hot chocolate for Beth. Joe had eggs with smoked salmon, croissant and coffee.   http://www.annabistro.com

Doesn’t everyone want a peaceful setting looking out to a lush garden for breakfast? The menu was as good as the setting at Anna Bistro. We ordered yogurt with fresh fruit, croissant, pan de chocolate, orange juice and hot chocolate for Beth. Joe had eggs with smoked salmon, croissant and coffee.

We searched for good foods at Mercado Central to take home and make our own meals. The fish market carried excellent (frozen) shrimp; asparagus was newly picked and the taste was unbelievably good; the spice seller gave us a minimum of oregano and wouldn’t charge us.

After a long walk through Mendoza we saw a very nice looking ice cream store, Helados Dante Soppelsa, and looked at each other. “Why not?” We checked their offerings and chuckled. Where else, but in Mendoza?

The flavors included apple chardonnay, peach chenin, raspberry rosé, malbec, sauvignon blanc, syrah with coconut. Of course, there were the usual others. Joe paid for his cone and only afterwards, discovered that (what he thought was) the 2-scoop cone was actually 3 scoops. Oh, my!

The flavors included apple chardonnay, peach chenin, raspberry rosé, malbec, sauvignon blanc, syrah with coconut. Of course, there were the usual others. Joe paid for his cone and only afterwards, discovered that (what he thought was) the 2-scoop cone was actually 3 scoops. Oh, my!

Another night, to continue the serious pursuit of tasting Mendoza wines, we arranged a visit to Wine Not. The co-owner, Matias, started off by pouring a Sauvignon Blanc produced by a biodynamic vintner; followed by a Rosé wine made from bonarda grapes, the second most highly produced grape in Argentina. The third offering was a full-bodied Pinot Noir. A lovely Cabernet Franc followed.

In the middle of the tasting, Brennan Firth, a local winemaker and owner of Cepas Elegidas, came in with a delivery of wine.

Matias served Brennans’s Black Noir 2012, which was not yet ready to be sold on the market, and therefore, without a label.

Matias served Brennans’s Black Noir 2012, which was not yet ready to be sold on the market, and therefore, without a label.

Black Noir 2012 is a blend of 85% tempranillo grapes (from 2 regions) and 15% bonarda grapes. The wine was aged in American, French and Hungarian oak barrels over 40 months and then blended together. We were very impressed!

Matias gave us corks to sign and drop into the tasting room’s wall display.

Matias gave us corks to sign and drop into the tasting room’s wall display.

A few nights later we watched the next episode in the documentary series, “Chef’s Table,” and were more than a little surprised that the episode profiled one of the great chefs of the world, the Argentinian, Francis Mallmann, who owns 1884 Restaurant in Mendoza – a good location for serious food and wine lovers.

Most places we’ve traveled have a number of sights to see and things to do. Dining well is an additional pleasure. In Mendoza, wine and food is what it’s all about.

 

September 2016

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Beth and Joe enjoy simple travel.
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4 Responses to Food & Wine

  1. Everything looks delicious!

  2. plaidcamper says:

    What a wonderful post, full of colour! I’d love to visit here for the food and wine, you’ve written about it so persuasively…

  3. Those macarons look delicious.

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