The Vines staff officially launched the development of private vineyards in partnership with owners from across the United States with a party in the Vines Tasting Room last night. We also celebrated the redesign of the Vines Tasting Rooms to include a new Valle de Uco Valle Room featuring the best wines from the Valle de Uco.
For Mendoza the event started really early (around 6:30 PM) and by 7:00 PM the place was buzzing with caterers, bouncers, and a long list of invites...very exclusive. The invitees included the local media, the wine growers of Mendoza and prominent community members from Mendoza. Among the attendees was Santiago Achaval, the consulting wine maker for the Private Vineyards and the numerous other prominent participants in the project.
For the event the Vines provided an endless supply of tapas including a surprising rabbit dish (surprising in that the staff didn't realize they were eating rabbit until one of the caterers told them - welcome to Argentina folks!). And, of course the best of Mendocino wines were on tap (not really on tap, but poured from bottles).
The media contingent was out in force and provided entertainment for many as they took numerous pictures of the staff (especially the blond women) and filmed portions of the event. Not only was the Mendoza media out in force a TV station from Chile was in town to interview Pablo, one of the founders Near the end of the evening Pablo, Mike and Dave gathered in the center of the main room and Pablo thanked everyone for coming to the event and toasted the new projects.
Over one hundred people attended the event (fortunately not all at once since the Tasting Room only holds about 45 people). The attendees left around 10:00 PM to make the early dinner hour in Mendoza and the staff made there way to a local restaurant to toast another successful event.