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Mendoza, Argentina Wine Tasting?

It has been a few years, but my wife and I spent 4 days in Mendoza to do exactly what you are planning. We stayed at Cavas Wine Lodge, which I cannot recommend enough! We travel all over the world on wine trips, and typically I make all of my own appointments, but Cavas organized all of our visits in Mendoza. After our first 2 days of tasting, the owner of the hotel added a winery, Mendel, based on our preference for small boutique producers, and it was our favorite visit of the trip. We also enjoyed Cobos (barrel tasting), Achaval Ferrer (also barrel tasting), and VistAlba, which is Carlos Pulenta's winery - the Corte A is amazing! There is also a fantastic restaurant at VistAlba called La Bourgogne for a fancy dinner. Catena Zapata gives your typical Napa tour, and you can pay to taste premium wines, but we were disappointed with the visit. You should also plan to visit Dominio del Plata (Susana Balbo's winery) and Kaiken - the people there are the best! If Cavas makes your arrangements for you, ask if you can have lunch at Lagarde winery - the wines are not the best, but this was possibly the most memorable meal of our entire week in Argentina. Have a great time! Argentina is one of our favorite wine trips ever!

Wine tasting in Porto

Pepito - I have stayed at the Vintage House in Pinhao for 4 nights. The hotel and restaurant are excellent--by far the best in Pinhao when I was there. If you dine there, find out if the hotel will be opening an old vintage port in the bar/lounge area in the evening, and plan to stick around. It is a great experience as they open the bottle with flame and ice water. The best winery is Quinta do Crasto
so email them to get an appointment at least a week ahead of time. If you have a day and don't mind the drive, it is well worth it to drive East along the river to visit Ramos Pinto at their Ervamoira location. The views are incredible! The wines, which you can find under the name Ramos Pinto Duas Quintas, are very good as well.
While you are in the eastern Douro area, also try to visit Quinta do Vale Meao to taste one of the most famous table wines from Portugal. They do not always accept visitors, but try.

Enjoy your trip!

Jul 29, 2011
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