Today I am going to share some odds and ends about Mendoza and Argentina in general that I think are interesting.
First off I want to mention the Argentine wine award winners. To boil it down, 18 judges: 3 from US, 3 from Canada, 3 from the UK,3 from Brazil and 6 from Argentina tasted 512 Argentine wines (128 wineries) which included 392 red wines, 87 white wines, 8 rose wines, 11 sparkling wines and 11 reinforced wines, which resulted in 28 gold medals, 203 silver medals and 138 bronze medals, many of which are profiled in The Vines of Mendoza Tasting Room!
Also in the news, on a random note, Argentina's broadband is set to double this year, which in effect has a direct correlation to ecommerce within the country, which means that Argentina is on the brink of creating an infrastructure of buying power! http://www.emarketer.com/Article.aspx?id=1006954
And just for kicks I am including a link to a Argentine telecom commercial, it will give you a little taste of the Argentine culture- http://creativity-online.com/work/view?seed=f9f03081
The last two notes are in spanish so if you can translate these are interesting articles:
Argentine Wines conquer the US in relation to price and quality: http://www.lanacion.com.ar/nota.asp?nota_id=1107245
For those that would like a follow up to The Vines cabalgata experience, we set the trend and now it is becoming a destination tourist adventure trip (well, only for some) http://www.mdzol.com/mdz/nota/109732-El-cruce-a-Chile-por-el-Real-se-afianza-como-ruta-tur%C3%ADstica-internacional/
Grand Reserve Pasionado 2004 from Andeluna Cellars (red blend, 20-50 dollars), Antigua Bodega Syrah 2007 from Antigua Bodega de San Juan (Syrah, 6-9.9 dollars), Bramare LujÃ¡n de Cuyo Cabernet Sauvignon 2006 from ViÃ±a Cobos (Cabernet Sauvignon, 20-50 dollars), Decero Amano Remolinos Vineyard 2006 from Finca Decero (red blend, more than 50 dollars), DoÃ±a Paula Los Cardos Sauvignon Blanc 2008 from ViÃ±a DoÃ±a Paula (Sauvignon Blanc, 6 to 9.9 dollars), Etchart TorrontÃ©s Late Harvest 2007 from Bodegas Etchart (dessert wine, 10-20 dollars), Ayres de Cafayate TorrontÃ©s 2008 from Bodegas Etchart (TorrontÃ©s, 10-20 dollars), DoÃ±a Silvina Reserva Malbec 2006 from Bodegas Krontiras (Malbec, more than 50 dollars), Gran Lurton Corte Friulano 2008 from Bodega FranÃ§ois Lurton (white blend, 20-50 dollars), Limited Edition Bonarda 2007 from Bodegas Nieto Senetiner (Bonarda, 20-50 dollars), Norton Reserva Cabernet Sauvignon 2006 from Bodega Norton (Cabernet Sauvignon, 10-20 dollars), Santa Ana Chardonnay/Viognier 2008 from Bodegas Santa Ana (white blend, 6-9.9 dollars), Trapiche Finca Las Palmas Chardonnay 2007 from Bodegas Trapiche (Chardonnay, 20-50 dollars) and Trapiche Malbec Single Vineyard ViÃ±a Federico VillafaÃ±e 2006 from Bodegas Trapiche (Malbec, 20-50 dollars).