Eating and drinking our way through Argentina and Chile - july 26, 2011-3
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DELISH, DECADENT & DELECTABLEEating and drinking our way through Argentina and Chile Argentina and Chile, well knownaround the world for their wines, areboth now establishing themselves asgourmet capitals of Latin America.
Key Locations to visit in Argentina &Chile for foodies and wine connoisseurs• Buenos Aires • Bariloche• Mendoza • Neuquén • Santa Cruz• Santiago • Osorno• Puerto Varas
Buenos AiresThe region of Buenos Aires iscomprised by the Province andthe Autonomous City of BuenosAires. It is a megalopolis withmore than 11 millioninhabitants; it is also the mostelegant and active city in SouthAmerica, summarizing thevaried and heterogeneousessence of the argentine nature.
Buenos AiresDue to the many immigrations that came to Argentina during lastcentury, mainly to Buenos Aires, this city has a myriad ofethnicities, therefore the food experience is amply enough.Italian, Spanish, Japanese, Chinese, Indian, etc. Either frommain courses to desserts, and wines, Argentina also has an identityby itself.Visitors may taste its “Asados”, made with the best cow meats ofthe country. They are accompanied by cow-derived offals generallypaired with a good Argentine wine. Asados are more than abanquet; they ensure a friendly after-meal talk. The region of theHills of Tandil, is famous by its salamis and cheese.The coast, towards the east of the region, offers a wide variety ofmaritime fish. Its restaurants offer from a very simple bradedhake fillet, to exotic species like snake, cuttlefish, oysters and othermollusks.
Buenos AiresThe milk jam (Dulce de Leche) is a must: elaborated for the veryfirst time in the province of Buenos Aires, this delicious jam ismade with sugar and milk, and it is the country’s symbol. It is theideal ingredient or stuffing for cookies, pastries, cakes and candies.The daily menu in Buenos Aires is likely to include: Asado,breaded meat or chicken, pasta, potato chips, salads, stews,stewpots, meatballs, potato or vegetable tortillas, meat cakes, pizza,empanada, rice, matambre, fish fillets, rabas (squid slices), cornflour, bread, toasted bread, pastries, sandwiches, picadas andmany desserts like alfajores, fruits, milk jam, quince or sweetpotato jam cakes, sweet potato jam with cheese, bread and flanpuddings, ice creams, whey cheese or apple cakes, puddings,cakes, quince jam pies and lemon pie.
Buenos AiresRestaurantsHere we recommend to eat atthese exclusive restaurants inthese neighborhoods of the cityof Buenos Aires:•Puerto Madero•Palermo•Recoleta•Las Cañitas•San Telmo/La Boca
Buenos AiresRestaurantsPuerto Madero: Estilo Campo, LaCabaña, Sottovoce, Marcelo, Cabaña LasLilasPalermo: Oviedo, La Cabrera, La Dorita,Sucre, Tegui, Casa CruzRecoleta: La Bourgone, Fervor, Piegari,Nectarine, Chez NousLas Cañitas: Osaka, To, MuteSan Telmo/La Boca: El Obrero,Patagonia Sur, La Brigada
Buenos AiresCooking ClassesGuests will enjoy some the many cooking classes we have tooffer in Buenos Aires. They will sample and cook several types offood, either in hotels, private houses, cooking institutes, etc.
Buenos AiresDay at Estancia (Ranch)At the Ranches, 1-2 hours away from the city, you can enjoy a fullday relaxing, enjoying typical ranch activities, eating and learninghow to make Asado (barbecue) as well as Empanadas, ridinghorses, and much more.
Buenos AiresDay at Estancia (Ranch) – List of Estancias•Villa María •La Bamba de Areco•Candelaria del Monte •La Alameda•La Candelaria •El Ombu•Don Silvano
Buenos AiresWine TastingsWine tasting options in Buenos Aireshave been improving recently. There are6 main wine tasting houses.•Anuva Wines•Casa Coupage•Terroir•Winery•Club 647•Gran Bar Danzon
Cuyo RegionIt spreads along the imposingAndes Mountain Range andextends its borders until themost southern SierrasPampeanas. Unique mixture ofweather, high mountainlandscapes, native species andnative people.
Cuyo RegionIn the Cuyo region, each province has its own characteristics andrepresentative dishes that each pair with local varietal wines thatintensify the ritual of each meal. Typical, regional gastronomy isvaried and tasty, characterized by usage, customs and traditions,and enhanced by excellent regional products like fruits, vegetablesand legumes. Grapes, olives, apples, peaches, pears, plums,cherries, watermelons, melons, nuts, hazelnuts and chestnuts givebirth to exquisite regional jams, preserves, jellies and fresh fruitsjuices.Wherever you go, every restaurant will offer creole empanadas,locro (boiled dinner), humita (hominy), lamb chops or tomaticán(eggs and tomatoes). In the mountain areas, barbecued chivito(=baby goat) or chivito derived dishes like the chanfaina or goatcheese are a must.
Cuyo RegionFor those looking for most exotic meals, charqui is the right option:a regional dish made with guanaco meat.In the afternoons, visitors can try local delicious fruit juices, mainlygrape juice. Celebrations and toasts are accompanied by cider andsparkling wines, complemented by the supremacy of Cuyo’sexquisite wines. Jams, dried fruits, nuts, canned fruits and well asalfajores and traditional sopaipillas are also worth tasting.This region concentrates the greatest part of wine production inArgentina, with the provinces of Mendoza, San Juan and La Riojain order of importance. Most wineries are open to tourists in thisregion, where vineyards grow in a deserted land, cultivated by menthanks to irrigation ditches, channels and reservoirs that enable itsmaximum exploitation.
MendozaNestled within the majestic eastern foothills ofthe Andean mountain ranges, the dry andsunny Mendoza region is ideal for cultivatinggrapes used to make some of the finest winesin the world.The city of Mendoza has even become knownas the Wine Capital of Argentina. The diverseterrain of the region has also made Mendoza ahaven for hikers and adventure seekers thatwant to explore more of the natural scenerythis region has to offer.Mendoza offers splendid hotels to stay andfrom where depart to the excursions, or youcan also stay at the vineyards that offeraccommodation. Different experiences to enjoyin this lovely city.
MendozaMendoza is divided into 4 mainareas to visit wineries andvineyards:•Center Region: Malbec, CabernetSauvignon, Chenin, Merlot,Chardonnay, Syrah, Ugni Blanc,Tocai Friulano•Uco Valley: Malbec, Cabernet,Tempranillo, Syrah, Barbera•San Rafael: Malbec, Bonarda,Cabernet Sauvignon, Tempranillo,Chenin
MendozaWineries:•Lujan de Cuyo: Nieto Senetiner, Norton,Ruca Malen•Uco Valley: Salentein, Altus, La Tupiña,La Azul•Maipu: Lopez, Finca Flichman, FamiliaZuccardi, Tempus Alba, Trapiche•San Rafael: Ricardo Jurado, Jean Rivier
MendozaRestaurantsRecommended restaurantswhere to eat:•Cavas Wine Lodge•Francis Mallmann’s 1884•Casa del Visitante•Nadia in Chacras de Coria•Bistro M•La Bourgogne•Mirador•Terruño
San JuanSan Juan was historically a provincedevoted to the production of table wines,but in the last ten years, the situation hasstarted to revert and the wine industry isbecoming fully oriented towards theelaboration of fine and high quality wines.The possibilities provided by the soil, theweather and the recently installedtechnology are many.That is the reason why nowadays thereare highly technified wineries at thedifferent productive oasis, whereinternationally recognized wines areelaborated.
San JuanVarieties of wines: Wineries:•Syrah wines are among the •Las Marianasmost remarkable •La Guarda•Bonarda •Fabril Alto Verde•Viognier •Viñas de Segisa•Sauvignon Blanc•Grey Pinot•San Juans Torrontes•Tannat•Malbec
La RiojaLa Rioja combines different wine producing sub-regions.The main producing region goes from the FamatinaValleys to Villa Unión; this region having the necessarytechnology to achieve the finest wines, while the CoastValleys unveil the magic of a wholly handcraftedproduction; two different approaches on the wines of asame province and completely different contexts for winetourism: industrial wineries versus family wineries.The circuit of family wineries that goes from the capitalcity of La Rioja till Santa Cruz (Department of CastroBarros) proposes to discover the taste of homemadewines, although there are other fancier projects at thenew production centers like Chañarmuyo, at 1.720 mtsabove sea level, in the middle of the northern hills of theprovince, at the feet of the Paimán chain, scenery of theAguadas native culture, an easy connection point toreach the wine producing regions of the neighborprovince of Catamarca.
La RiojaVarieties of wines: Wineries:•La Rioja’s Torrontes •San Huberto•San Juan’s Torrontes •El Aguila•Alexandria’s Muscatel •Benigni y Crade•Malbec •Santa María•Cabernet Sauvignon •Laura Salas de Masud•Cabernet Franc•Syrah
North RegionIt may be approached byany of its multiple features.As it is always amazingprovided it is a harmoniouscombination of nature,history and live cultures,strongly rooted to the earth.
NorthIn this region, meals are prepared with recipes that passed from generations togenerations. These meals can be traced back to barter times when each regionhad its own local food production. There were exchanges with inhabitants ofother regions that let them taste new flavors.In the North, visitors can taste the captivating flavor of the sweet pepper withits strong red color; the yellow corn as many meals are made with this grain;delicious smashed orange pumpkins and dishes condimented by green basil.In the Northern Region the most popular meats are llama (South Americancamelid), soused vizcacha, hare or partridge, chivito or lamb asados or spicychicken. These meals are paired with regional beverage. Visiting the north issynonym of tasting “chicha” –beverage made with fermented corn flour, peanutand water- or “aloja” –made from fermented carob tree sheaths. Other regionalbeverages are homemade foot-pressed wines (=vino patero), creole wines,homemade liquors and schnapps.
NorthMate – litoral infusion made with yerba-mate- is the obliged beverage forevery meeting. Besides coca-tea is a much recommended beverage inorder to avoid altitude illness.Local confections feature a wide variety of cookies, pastries and jams.Cayote or sweet potato empanadas, alfajores, alfeñiques, gaznate (pastriesfilled with milk jam) honey nougats, coated nuts, fruit bonbons, chancaca,capia among others…Additionally, cheese production is a very ancient tradition.Empanadas find their headquarters in the northwest. The empanada ismade by folding a dough around the stuffing. The dough is usually ofwheat flour and stuffings differ from province to province but they aremainly beef or chicken. Empanadas are either baked or fried.The list of regional delights is endless as well as the list of establishmentsoffering them. For a truly spectacular evening guets may visit one of therestaurants featureing a classical folkloric dance show.
NorthWine tourism in the North is mostly concentrated in theCalchaquíes Valleys, between the provinces of Salta andCatamarca, a region with outstanding landscape and culture,excellent frame for the Wine Route, with interesting storiesand legacies.Those valleys, at an average altitude of 1.700 meters abovesea level, are the main producing regions, Cafayate headingthe most important one. In middle of colorful mountains,those small wine oasis give birth to intense and strong wines,unique in style.
SaltaThe Calchaquíes Valleys and speciallyCafayate concentrate the 90% of vineyards,which encompass about 3.200 hectares.The rest is distributed among Cachi,Molinos and San Carlos. Vineyards atthese valleys are called “high altitudevineyards”, ranging between 2.400 and3.000 meters, a place that impressesbecause of its majestic location. The rarerains, the extraordinary luminosity andthe great thermal amplitude give birth toconcentrated fruits and strong wines.Wineries with estancias, boutique hotels,inns and wine spas offer a big variety oflodging and relaxing options in this winecountry. The kindness of its people, theauthenticity of its cuisine, the ancientpeople and its handicraftsmen are part ofthe tourist attraction of the Wine Route inthis province.
SaltaVarieties of wines: Wineries:•Torrontes •Colome•Malbec •Michel Torino Hnos•Cabernet •Etchart•Tannat •Animana•Syrah •Fernando Mendizabal•Tempranillo•Chardonnay
CatamarcaCatamarca has about 2,200 vineyardhectares; but only a fourth part thereofcorresponds to wine varieties; the rest is forthe fruit market or for the elaboration ofraisins. Although the wineries are quite small,they have the right technology for theelaboration of high quality wines.This region’swines are fruitlike and full in body.Like the neighbor provinces of Salta and LaRioja, Catamarca features a mountainlandscape, with ancient and imposingvolcanoes and valleys where the populationand crops are concentrated. Fiambalá valley,at the west and 300 kms far from the capitalcity, is the main grape producer. Towards theeast is Santa María, the other productiveoasis, at the Calchaquíes Valleys. Wineries, ingeneral, are focused on the elaboration of finewines and much of the process is done byhand.
CatamarcaVarieties of wines: Wineries:•Cabernet Sauvignon •Elías J. Saleme•Syrah •Altos Andes•Malbec •Saldaño•Bonarda •Alta Esperanza •Vittorio Longo
ChileChile’s unique combination of diverse geographicalareas and Mediterranean climate make it ideal for eco-friendly winegrowing and producing a wide variety ofwine types…The region has just the right conditions for a very broadrange of grape varieties, from crisp Sauvignon Blanc,lush Chardonnay, zippy Riesling or fragrant Viognier tovibrant Pinot Noir, juicy Merlot, spicy Syrah, classicCabernet Sauvignon, Carmenere, and so much more.
Chile - The coastYou can find delicious products from thesea along the entire length of the Chileancoast. Fish like eel, corvina, grouper,reineta and salmon are used to makedishes like fried eel, baked corvina withseafood sauce, and salmon with capers.The coast also produces all kinds ofseafood, including crab, sea urchin, razorclams, scallops and mussels, all of whichcan be prepared a number of ways.
Chile – Central ValleysIf you find yourself in thecountrys central valleys, try theempanadas, cazuela (a traditionalstew), pastel del choclo, humitas ,porotos granados (bean stew),longanizas and the variety ofdishes made with beef and pork.All of this and more is availablein Santiago, Santa Cruz, Talca,Chillan, Concepcion and Osorno.
Chile – Southern areaThe cities of Valdivia, Osorno, Puerto Varas andPuerto Octay await you with exquisite Germanconfections that form part of a tradition passeddown by the colonists who came here in the19th century.Additionaly, in the Patagonian region you willfind such non-traditional meats as boar andostrich as well as the famed spit-roast lamb andspider crabs.If you want to bring home a souvenir or gift,local shops offer spicy and wine-basedmarmalades, organic honey, Mapuchecondiments (like the spice merkén), excellentolive oils and, of course, a wide selection ofwine and pisco.
ChileWineries:•Maipo Valley: Almaviva, Antiyal, Aquitania,Concha y Toro, Haras de Pirque, Paseos delVino, Perez Cruz, Quebrada de Macul SantaAlicia, William Fevre•Colchagua Valley: Casa Lapostolle, Montes•Casablanca Valley: Casa del Bosque, Catrala,Kingston, Veramonte, Vina Organico Emiliana•Aconcagua Valley: Errazuriz, Von Siebenthal,San Esteban
PatagoniaThe Andean Mountain Rangedisplays all its greatness in thePatagonian provinces. Millenarysilent forests with nativevegetation extend to the banksof crystalline waters.
Bariloche, ArgentinaBariloche is a picturesque ski town on thesouthern shore of Lake Nahuel Huapi in theNational Park of the same name. It is located inone of the most beautiful regions of the country,better known as the Lake District. Amidstgrandiose snow-capped mountains, crystal clearwaters and dense forest of cypress and coihuetrees, it is known as the Switzerland of Argentinaas even the architecture is reminiscent of Europe.Austrians and Germans looking for a better lifesettled the area in the late 1800’s. Theseimmigrants sought a place that reminded them oftheir Bavarian homeland, and they found it in abeautiful, fertile valley nestled in the Andes.Now Mitre Street, Bariloche’s main street, is a“Street of Chocolate Dreams.” It is lined withstores selling chocolates and tourists trying todecide which store offers the best chocolate. It is ayummy dilemma!
BarilocheChocolate factories•Frantom•Abuela Goye•Rapa Nui•Mmuschka•Chocolates del Turista
Neuquén/Río Negro, ArgentinaThe most southern region inArgentina and in the continentis not an exception when itcomes to grapes.On the contrary, it is becomingone of the most promissoryzones for the elaboration offinest wines, mainly Pinot Noirand Merlot, with its productiveoasis surrounding Parallel39°South (Neuquén and RíoNegro).
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