Elisabeth Checa is one of the very best wine journalists and critics from Argentina. She has her own magazine as well she works for elgourmet.com.
She visited The Vines Tasting Room last month during the Antucura winemaker night. She has a lot of great things to say about the Vines, Private Vineyards and the upcoming Masters of Food and Wine.
GOURMET US TOUR
Park Hyatt Hotels â€“ the Argentine Masters of Food & Wine â€“ US Tour 2007 is a special preview of the Masters of Food & Wine â€“ South America 2008. Chefs Fernando Trocca and Juliana Lopez May from elgourmet.com are participating in these events.
Gourmet meals will bring Argentina flavors to you, prepared by renowned chefs and exceptional Argentine wines. They will make their way to the United States in a Gourmet Tour which will take place in the American cities of Philadelphia, Washington and Chicago: The Argentine Masters of Food & Wine â€“ US Tour 2007.
Especially invited chefs and sommeliers join the Park Hyatt Hotels from Argentina in this promotional tour. With the support of The Vines of Mendoza, they are presenting these events in Park Hyatt Philadelphia (09/17), Park Hyatt Washington (09/19) and Park Hyatt Chicago (09/21).
Continuing the success of the Masters of Food & Wine held at Park Hyatt Carmel â€“ Highlands Inn for 21 years and the first and already internationally known and successful Masters of Food and Wine South America held in Mendoza this year, Global Hyatt has decided to expand the concept through its Park Hyatt hotels and honor the main gourmet destinations around the world.
This first tour presents an authentic Argentine Experience where the senses will be honored and the bouquet and flavors of the Latin food will be introduced.
Four Argentine chefs will be a part of the tour: Fernando Trocca, executive chef and owner of Sucre and El Diamante in Buenos Aires, Industria Argentina in New Cork; Juan Manuel Guizzo, chef at Bistro M in Park Hyatt Mendoza; Maximo Lopez May chef at Gioia Restaurant in Palacio Duhau â€“ Park Hyatt Buenos Aires; Juliana Lopez May, owner of the C.O.C.I.N.A workshop (Como Organizar Con InspiraciÃ³n Nuestra Alimentacion â€“ How to organize what we eat with inspiration) in Buenos Aires. Trocca and Juliana Lopez May are chefs from elgourmet.com.
In coordination with each Park Hyatt Hotel participating in the event, chefs will prepare gourmet dishes typical from Argentina.
The executive chef at the Argentine Embassy in the States, Maximo Togni will also join these events with his creations.
Located at the base of The Andes, Mendoza is known for being one of the 8 Great Wine Capitals. The Vines of Mendoza specializes in introducing the most distinguished Argentine wines to the American market.
The Vines of Mendoza will be a wine sponsor for this occasion. Tasting sessions will be conducted and gourmet dishes will be paired with wines especially selected.
In September, Park Hyatt Philadelphia, Park Hyatt Washington and Park Hyatt Chicago the following selection of amazing wines will be added to their menus:
Luigi Bosca, Mairena, Matices, Pascual Toso, SÃ©ptima, Tapiz, Tempus Alba, Trapiche, Catena Zapata, Enrique Foster, Gimenez Riili, Salentein, ViÃ±a Cobos, Dominio del Plata, Tikal, Familia Zuccardi.
During the presentation at Park Hyatt Washington, Gabriela Sabatini (a renowned Argentine Tennis Player) will be there to promote the wonders of Mendozaâ€™s wines.
To announce the Tour, a gourmet soiree was organized at the Park Hyatt in Buenos Aires. We met Carl Emberson there, General Manager of the Park Hyatt Mendoza. He is one of the key partners and the driving force behind these gourmet occasions.
Private Vineyards, an American dream
The Vines of Mendoza â€“ Six months after opening its doors, The Vines of Mendoza, Tasting Room and Information center, announces the second phase of its project: Private Vineyard Estates in the heart of the Uco Valley for wine lovers.
The Vines of Mendoza comprises the dream of every wine lover: owning their own vineyard to make their own wines. Therefore, it manages 101 hectares of land located in the heart of the Uco Valley, surrounded by renowned wineries such as Salentein, J&F Lurton and Clos de los Siete.
The property has 50 parcels of 1.6 to 5 hectares each, which will be planted especially with Malbec grapes, as well as Syrah and Merlot.
Twenty of these parcels have been already sold, whose owners are 19 Americans and 1 Mexican. Acquiring one of these lots includes title to property, first plantation, irrigation system and maintenance for 3 years. You will have access to the winery with state-of-the-art technology, and you will be a part of the personal making process working with industry leaders (such as Santiago Achaval, from Achaval-Ferrer and Diego Reina, from Rutini, Andeluna) in every area of the vineyard management and the making process.
There will also be some available parcels for building houses.
The winery will have a 500.000 liter capacity, completely equipped with a private cellar for ageing wine in barrels and in bottles. It will be open to Private Vineyard owners to make, develop their blends as well as to bottle their own wine. A customized program for wine-making will be offered, especially designed for guests, including those who are not owners of Private Vineyards. They will become a part of the art of wine-making and work next to the most famous Argentine and international winemakers to make their own wine.
Vineyard and terroir analysis carried out by specialists, customized vineyard and development management, invaluable contribution of expert winemakers, access to the winery and wine storage, all of which make up the array of services to be provided to the land owners.
The Wine Resort & Spa, 3rd Phase
By the end of 2008, opening a luxurious all-inclusive resort, to be located next to the vineyards and the winery has been planned. It will offer exclusive programs related to the wine industry, services and amenities like no other in America.
This complex of facilities includes a high-end restaurant, a wine bar, a cellar, a spa, a barn, a swimming pool, a tennis court and a mountain hut.
Bormida & Yanzon, one of the most renowned Architecture firms in Mendoza, is currently working on the design of the winery and the resort.
The Vines of Mendoza has a wine bar and a wine shop, very close to the Park Hyatt Mendoza, where you can taste a selection of boutique and Ultra Premium wines. The place is an restored home painted in intense pink, with glamorous spaces and service.
The Vines of Mendoza
The wine whereabouts â€“ a space for wine lovers opens its doors in the heart of Mendoza: The Vines of Mendoza Tasting Room & Information Center is the newest and most complete regional center to find wines and directed to a growing international community interested in the Mendoza wine industry.
The Vines of Mendoza Tasting Room & Information Center offers a collection of exclusive wines from dozens of wineries, which have not been yet discovered by visitors, to enjoy in a great and comfortable location.
â€˜Our own expert in the matter tasted and selected the best out of over 2,000 wines for our customers to choose between a range of unique wines in only one placeâ€™ â€“ commented the co-founder of The Vines of Mendoza and CEO Michael Evans -, â€˜our guests can taste the exclusive collection in 2 modern tasting rooms, including one Reserve Room, and purchase their favorite ones to be shipped directly to their homes in Europe or the United States.â€™
The Main Tasting Room offers three flights ($30 each) of 5 wines each. Guests choose between a collection of unique Malbecs, an array of Argentine reds including Bonarda, Tempranillo, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and Syrah; or a regional tasting of Torrontes, Sauvignon Blanc, Malbec and selective blends.
Thought for the most demanding palates, guests can choose to do a Reserve Flight (a collection of reserve wines) for $100, which shows samples of the best Argentine wines produced by families who own limited productions, including Gimenez Riili, Oâ€™Fournier, Achaval Ferrer and Carmelo Patti.
The reserve Room shows 35 of the finest wines in Argentina, also available to be tasted by the glass.
The Vines of Mendoza Tasting Room & Information Center also offers an array of services and educational programs that include wine seminars, pairing lessons, daily tastings, customized & private tastings, a monthly meeting of the Acequia Wine club and their English speaking staff offers free guidance to Mendozaâ€™s wineries and restaurants.
Located in a hystorical building and designed by the renowned duet of architects from Bormida & Yanzon, the Vines of Mendoza Tasting Room & Information Center is located near Plaza Independencia â€“ on Espejo 567 â€“ and opens every day from 10 to 22hs.
Founded by Michael Evans, David Garrett and Pablo Gimenez Riili in 2004, The Vines of Mendoza is an American company of Real Estate projects and luxurious hospitality, located in Mendoza, Argentina.
The company owns and is in charge of The Vines of Mendoza Tasting Room & Information Center, in the center of the city, and the Acequia Wine Club.
The Reserve Division in the Uco Valley includes the Mendoza Reserve Private Vineyard estates, private parcels professionally managed and the Mendoza Reserve resort, a luxurious 5-star resort 5 to open in 2008.
Please contact Michael Evans at
US #: (707) 320-2699
ARG #: +54 9 (261) 15-504-0477