November 9, 2012

argentina week 1.

{roses are in full bloom}
{lunch IN the vineyards, perhaps?} 
{sunny afternoon winery exploration.}
{uco valley.  vineyards and mountains.}
{happy vines.}
{deep dark cellars of clos de chacras winery} 
{you and i have a lot to talk about, mr. malbec.}
{dusty reserves.}
a lot of you have been asking me what the heck i'm doing down here in argentina.
i decided to travel a bit until the holidays.
i wanted to see the world but also expand my mind, hence choosing mendoza for the world class wines.
a friend of a friend (whom i didn't meet until i showed up at his doorstep) graciously offered me a room to stay with him, his beautiful argentine wife, and their two big black labs. 
they've been beyond helpful and really taken me under their wings!
they own a wine touring company together and i'm helping with social media, marketing, and photography.
in return, i'm tagging along on tours, meeting winemakers, winery owners, and tasting a lot of vino.
pretty sure my teeth will be permanently stained purple by the time i leave here.

week 1 highlights:
a winery chef asked me how i'm enjoying the appetizers.  i respond "DELICIOSO!" my friends laugh and in english say, "no, he wants to know how you want your meat cooked."  
awesome. i just shouted that i want it cooked delicious to his face.

the neighbors upstairs teach opera lessons.  all day.

experienced 104* heat yesterday while tasting red wine.  good thing siesta is from 1 - 5.

i repeat, siesta is from 1 - 5.  every. single. day.

taking my first cab ride home solo and giving directions in spanglish.  the cabbie just laughed and instructed me to sing the american songs on the radio for him all the way home. 

 ^^^^ i'm making so many new friends.


Clancy said...

hey! thanks for stopping by my blog :) I hope you'll come back often! I love that your dog used to be Mr. Clancy! so funny... Clancy is a great name! ;)
It sounds like you're having an aaaamazing time traveling... I'm so jealous. and those wines! oh my!
love your blog!

Justine said...

Oh my gosh, that last comment made me laugh. About you speaking spanglish, and the cabby asking you to sing American songs. Sounds like a great trip/experience so far!

Ash said...

oh how lovely- i would LOVE that pace.. and the vineyard?

and, i would probably love the opera lessons, too... (i would try to compete with them, myself.. just for fun)


Anna said...

You're making me wish I was back in Latin America. The wine was the BEST part of my year and half there. Can't wait to see more pictures! Make a point to go to A La Antigua. Fun little spot with chocolates, liqueurs, and jams in Mendoza.

Malbec and carmenere are hands down my favorite red wines. You're making me very jealous! :)

Amy said...

Sounds like you are having an amazing time! Loving the pictures :)


Renee said...

This is awesome!! I'm beyond jealous of your adventure! Some seriously good pics here too.

Jenna said...

Wow!!! This sounds like the opportunity of a life time! What I wouldn't give to taste Argentinian wine all day :) Sounds like you're having a blast, can't wait to hear and see more.


Shannon said...

Wow, what gorgeous pictures! They look like they came out of a travel magazine. Looks like such a fun trip! Keep the pictures coming. :)

Felicia said...

Wow, so awesome! I'd love to be sipping wine in Argentina at a gorgeous vineyard! Beautiful photos, sounds like many fun adventures await! I look forward to heading about them

Jen Hsieh said...

I love how simple that first picture is - a single rose in a thin vase. I'll have to try that out in my apartment. :)


ramblinbess said...

What a great opportunity. I'm jealous. :)

Padgett Hoke said...

Ha! I absolutely loved that post! Lucky lady in that gorgeous place - it is ugly here. very ugly. no more description necessary - you know what it looks like. soak & sip it all up!

Treasure Tromp said...

these are such beautiful pictures

cynthia said...

Beautiful pics! What a great opportunity! Enjoy :)

Eden Marie said...

I am so envious! Beautiful photos!

livlovelaugh said...

these are such great photos ~ I really want to go traveling now haha


The Adventurer said...

Its not like I'm jealous or anything.

Full disclosure: I totalllly am.

Jess {The In-Between} said...

I want a huge collage of all of your trip pics.
Looks like you are having a blast!

Anonymous said...

Haha. Sing the American songs. You better have. Loud and proud.

Karen A. said...

Omg, I am seriously in love, you are so lucky!!

whitney said...

gah. i am so jealous.

i think i am going to implement that siesta rule at work this week.

and i hope you sang some miley for him. she is the original american.

Aspiring Kennedy said...

Gorgeous photos! Sounds like the perfect holiday. I could use a siesta from 1-5 every day right about now.