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Argentina: Mendoza, Malbec, and More

Malbec grapes in January

The Woodside Wine Appreciation Club is excited to present its

members and friends with an opportunity of a lifetime. After several
pleasurable, leisure-seeking, and fine wine-hunting excursions to
Argentina, we’ve decided that it’s time that we share some of our
unparalleled travel experiences … with you.

We’re going to Argentina in late-December, and you’re invited. Join us

on a journey filled with exclusive and memorable fine wine, Latin
culture, and luxurious dining.

Along with Jerrold, our person-on-the ground, and go-to-guy, we’ve

teamed with Sabrina Mosquera, professional interpreter and
sommelier, and Javier Inzaurraga, wine-hunter tour specialist, to
provide you with a unique travel package. We will take you off the
beaten path, to introduce you to some of the finest people, places, and
tastes (palates) in Argentina.

Sparkling rosado toast at Domaine St. Diego

Signage at Domaine St. Diego

Trip overview:
Escape for 9 days from the winter equinox, and explore the beautiful
country of Argentina in the peak of its summer. Three days of touring
the metropolis of Buenos Aires (optional) are followed by six days of
adventure and exploration of some of the world’s finest artisan
wineries, in the beauty and romance of Mendoza, nestled in the
foothills of the Andes. Guided events and excursions are scheduled and
facilitated throughout, with ample time to independently explore the
city and region. The schedule affords travelers peace of mind and
confidence that this will be an amazing experience. Rest assured…
you’ll be well taken care of, have a fabulous time, and return home
with lasting memories and wines for the cellar.

Street mural depicting tango in San Telmo, Buenos Aires

Mark your calendars:
December 29, 2010 through January 7th, 2011

Itineraries and pricing:

Full Trip Option:

Includes Buenos Aires & Mendoza
$1200 (taxes included)

Part Trip Option:

Includes Mendoza only
$1000 (taxes included)

Buenos Aires - December 29th, 2010 to January 1st, 2011 -

Along with Jerrold and Sabrina

Wednesday, December 29, 2010

This evening, we’ll be gathering for a delightful reception at Casa
Coupage, an exclusive “secret supper” and wine club in Palermo.
Hosted by resident sommeliers, we’ll be welcomed into their gorgeous
Belle Époque apartment (with 18-foot ceilings and stunning marble
staircase) for a tutored tasting and introduction to the wines of

Thursday, December 30, 2010

Join us on a facilitated city tour – a great introduction to the history,
architecture, arts, and culture of urban Argentina – including the iconic
Teatro Colon, Plaza de Mayo, Recoleta Cemetery and more. Our day of
exploration will be followed by a classic Tango show and gourmet
dinner with wines at the one and only Homero Mansi's.

Plaza de Mayo and Casa Rosada in central Buenos Aires

A Porteno enjoys a hot cup of mate

Posing for a photo outside the University of Buenos Aires’ School of Law in Recoleta.

Friday, December 31,2010 (New Year’s Eve)

There are several options for New Year’s Eve celebration in bars, clubs
and restaurants (e.g., prix fix menu). We suggest that you make
reservations with the establishment in advance. Transportation may
be a challenge, so consider booking accommodations close to your
selected venue. We can offer suggestions for these arrangements.
The all-night fireworks display is not to be missed!

Saturday, January 1, 2011

Depart from Jorge Newberry domestic airport in downtown Buenos
Aires on New Years day. It’s a two-hour flight to Mendoza on LAN Air

Mendoza - January 1st-7th, 2011

Along with Jerrold, Sabrina, Javier, Renée and Ken

Saturday, January 1, 2011

Wine hunters (and Woodside Wine Club founders) Ken and Renée will
be admiring the panoramic views of Mendoza and the Andes, at the
Sheraton Hotel’s rooftop lounge. Join us for some fine wines and local
tapas. We can suggest options for how to spend Sunday (deceptively
quiet!), and subsequent free days, in and around Mendoza.
Panoramic views of Mendoza and the foothills of the Andes

Sunday, January 2, 2011

Daytime is free time. The evening will feature an authentic poolside
assado (an Argentine barbecue featuring a wide array of fresh meats
and vegetables), on the rooftop of the wine hunters’ apartment
building, with a great view of Mendoza and the Andes.

This gathering will be another

opportunity to experience the summer
solstice, and taste fabulous Mendoza
wines and local foods. Javier, our
partner, friend and professional
Mendoza wine tour guide, will be joining
us, along with Jerrold and Sabrina.

Monday, January 3, 2011

Day 3 will be our first full day of
touring selected wineries with Javier,
in the Maipu/Lujan de Cuyo area.
We’ll start with a visit to the
exceptionally lush vineyards of
Domaine St. Diego. After a long and
leisurely lunch at the historic artisan
winery of Clos de Chacras, we’ll tour Hilltop view from Domaine St. Diego
the charming, rustic bodega of
Hacienda del Plata.

Touring the vineyards at Hacienda del Plata

Tasting wines at Hacienda del Plata

Touring the barrel aging cellars at Domaine St. Diego

Tuesday, January 4, 2011
Free time during the day. In the evening, we’ll be treated to a
reception at the award-winning bodega Tempus Alba. As the sun sets,
we’ll indulge is an assortment of wines and foods, and enjoy live
entertainment with Tango dancers, musicians, and singers.

Looking in at the tasting room at bodega Tempus Alba

Views of the picturesque bodega Tempus Alba

Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Day 5 will be our second full day wine hunting. This time, we’ll
experience the rich terroirs of the Uco valley. We’ll visit Benvenuto de
La Serna, O.Fournier, and Domaine Jean Bousquet. We’ll also enjoy a
very special lunch at Divino, with Ignacio Reina - winegrower and
owner of Bodega Los Cerrillos.
Touring the winery at Benvenuto de la Serna

Looking out on the sunny Uco Valley from Divino restaurant

Thursday, January 6, 2011

Free time during the day. Our final evening will be marked with a
casual farewell reception, featuring guests of honour Hernan
Cortegoso, and Vito Ramonda, owners and winegrowers of Serrera.
We'll savour the fruits of their labour, as Hernan shares his
experiences in winegrowing in the Uco Valley.

Friday, January 7, 2011

Depart for home (or continue your travels).

Your responsibilities:

Participants are required to arrange and purchase their own flights,

travel insurance, transportation to/from the airports, accommodations,
and dining (outside of excursion and meals detailed in the above
We’d be happy to provide recommendations to interested parties.
We can also offer advice on additional activities and excursions.

Our intention is to follow the above itinerary, but in the unlikely event
that we’re unable to do visit any of these places, we have established
an equally enjoyable array of alternatives worth pursuing.

Important Reservation and Payment Dates:

- a 10% NON-FUNDABLE deposit reserves your spot today!

- 40% of remaining balance, also NON-REFUNDABLE, is due
September 17th, 2010.
- final 50% of trip cost is due on December 3rd, 2010.

Questions? Comments? Ready to reserve?

Call Ken at 519-853-4787