Ugh. Well, yesterday I had planned to post a dozen or so pictures from my trip to Chile and Argentina with Montes Wines and Kaiken Wines. Unfortunately, I did not finish the post before we had to load up the bus and head to another vineyard. “No problem,” I thought, “I can just finish it up on my iPhone on the bus.”
Not so much.
The Chilean cell network is not all that great. Nor is the WordPress iPhone app. The result? I spent a good hour trying to fight both of the aforementioned deterrents to no avail. So I gave up and decided to post the rest today. I hope no one minds….
A few days in Argentina with Kaiken Wines.
The Kaiken cellars were dotted with the winery’s symbol, a bird from Patagonia.
Plenty of food was a constant theme.
Charcuterie, cheese, and sparkling wine with the Andes as a backdrop at Kaiken.
Then it was back across the Andes for dinner at Aurelio Montes’ house, where cigars capped the evening.
The following day we travelled to the Montes Winery in Apalta, met by Aurelio Sr. and Jr.
Lunch was at the winery’s new restaurant, headed by none other than Francis Mallmann.
The best ribeye I have ever had. Period.
Then it was back into the vineyards, which meant some more quality time with fellow voyager, Brian Freedman.
Perhaps the best Sauvignon Blanc I have had, Montes Outer Limits, high above the vineyards in Apalta.
The following day we travelled to the Marchigüe vineyard where we were met by Patagonian chef Jorge Luksik.
Back to Santiago for one more night, preparing to say goodbye to Chile.
As the morning breaks outside my hotel window, I sadly need to say goodbye to Chile.