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Wednesday Nov 21 – Mendoza

November 21, 2012

We had our first disappointment of the day early. Our agent had cancelled our room reservation last night. It doesn’t seem likely that we will have a room until noon, when we will have started our wine tour. Were both feeling a bit scruffy after our long overnight bus trip. We have lunch at the first winery and then visit a second, so were are on an abbreviated wine tour.

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Hotel Argentino Courtyard

There are some gardenias wafting nearby.

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One of the wineries on our tour. We had an excellent lunch here. I had empandas, steak and a dessert. You can see the pre-andes in the distance.

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French oak barrels in the cask room. The wines are not over-oaked, only 25% of the final mix goes through a barrel. These wines are first press only. We tried a Syrah, Malbec and Cab with lunch. All were excellent. The home company is Swedish.

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Our Second Winery

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Tasting Bar

Mendoza was a pleasant surprise. Our hotel faces Independence Square. There are four more plazas in a 16 block square area. The streets are lined with trees, mainly sycamore, which must be watered weekly. Irrigation ditches are on every street to water the trees.

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Irrigation well for a street tree

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Fountains Independence Square

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Pedestrian Mall Dinner

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Park lighted sign

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