Saturday, March 5, 2011
Ok, so during the Vendimia time they have a wine-tasting festival. It lasts for 3 consecutive days and features bodegas from all around Mendoza and Argentina in general where you can taste it all in one place. It's called Megadegustación and it. is. awesome.
This year, I hear, was more tame than the years before because we were limited to a certain number of glasses of wine by buying our entrance tickets. Tickets for premium tasting were 60 pesos (divide that by 4 and you have your price in dollars), while the regular tasting was 30 pesos (I think). With that, you got coupons for 5 glasses of wine. Or maybe 4. I don't remember. It was a good time. The city shuts down Sarmiento (a major street) for 4 blocks between the Plaza Independencia and Belgrano for this epic shindig. There's the wine and they also sell food if you're hungry (empanadas, etc).
My personal favorite for the evening was the wines from bodega Azul. It was a cab-malbec reserva blend, I think. Soooo good. I also tried reservas from Altos las Hormigas (someone check me on that spelling/name), aand...yeah I'm gonna have to check and see which wines I tasted.
My favorite part of the evening was when my BEAUROCRAT BOYFRIEND approached me and said "Hey, remember me?!"... I said "Yes, of course I do" and he laughed and said "Hey, I'm sorry about today. Cheers!" and toasted me, and walked off.
The city of Mendoza is just a really big town.