Delish, decadent and delectable eating and drinking our way through argentina and chile - july 26, 2011-3Presentation Transcript
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DELISH, DECADENT & DELECTABLE Eating and drinking our way through Argentina and Chile
Argentina and Chile, well known around the world for their wines, are both now establishing themselves as gourmet capitals of Latin America.
Key Locations to visit in Argentina & Chile for foodies and wine connoisseurs
The region of Buenos Aires is comprised by the Province and the Autonomous City of Buenos Aires. It is a megalopolis with more than 11 million inhabitants; it is also the most elegant and active city in South America, summarizing the varied and heterogeneous essence of the argentine nature.
Due to the many immigrations that came to Argentina during last century, mainly to Buenos Aires, this city has a myriad of ethnicities , therefore the food experience is amply enough.
Italian, Spanish, Japanese, Chinese, Indian, etc. Either from main courses to desserts, and wines, Argentina also has an identity by itself.
Visitors may taste its “ Asados ”, made with the best cow meats of the country. They are accompanied by cow-derived offals generally paired with a good Argentine wine. Asados are more than a banquet; they ensure a friendly after-meal talk. The region of the Hills of Tandil, is famous by its salamis and cheese.
The coast, towards the east of the region, offers a wide variety of maritime fish . Its restaurants offer from a very simple braded hake fillet, to exotic species like snake, cuttlefish, oysters and other mollusks.
The milk jam ( Dulce de Leche ) is a must: elaborated for the very first time in the province of Buenos Aires, this delicious jam is made with sugar and milk, and it is the country’s symbol. It is the ideal 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), corn flour, bread, toasted bread, pastries, sandwiches, picadas and many desserts like alfajores, fruits, milk jam, quince or sweet potato jam cakes, sweet potato jam with cheese, bread and flan puddings, ice creams, whey cheese or apple cakes, puddings, cakes, quince jam pies and lemon pie.
Here we recommend to eat at these exclusive restaurants in these neighborhoods of the city
of Buenos Aires:
San Telmo/La Boca
Puerto Madero : Estilo Campo, La Cabaña, Sottovoce, Marcelo, Cabaña Las Lilas
Palermo : Oviedo, La Cabrera, La Dorita, Sucre, Tegui, Casa Cruz
Recoleta : La Bourgone, Fervor, Piegari, Nectarine, Chez Nous
Las Cañitas : Osaka, To, Mute
San Telmo/La Boca : El Obrero, Patagonia Sur, La Brigada
Guests will enjoy some the many cooking classes we have to offer in Buenos Aires. They will sample and cook several types of food, either in hotels, private houses, cooking institutes, etc.
Day at Estancia (Ranch)
At the Ranches, 1-2 hours away from the city, you can enjoy a full day relaxing, enjoying typical ranch activities, eating and learning how to make Asado (barbecue) as well as Empanadas, riding horses, and much more.
Day at Estancia (Ranch) – List of Estancias
Candelaria del Monte
La Bamba de Areco
Wine tasting options in Buenos Aires have been improving recently. There are 6 main wine tasting houses.
Gran Bar Danzon
It spreads along the imposing Andes Mountain Range and extends its borders until the most southern Sierras Pampeanas . Unique mixture of weather, high mountain landscapes, native species and native people.
In the Cuyo region, each province has its own characteristics and representative dishes that each pair with local varietal wines that intensify the ritual of each meal. Typical, regional gastronomy is varied and tasty, characterized by usage, customs and traditions, and enhanced by excellent regional products like fruits, vegetables and legumes. Grapes, olives, apples, peaches, pears, plums, cherries, watermelons, melons, nuts, hazelnuts and chestnuts give birth to exquisite regional jams, preserves, jellies and fresh fruits juices.
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 goat cheese are a must.
For 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, mainly grape juice. Celebrations and toasts are accompanied by cider and sparkling wines, complemented by the supremacy of Cuyo’s exquisite wines. Jams, dried fruits, nuts, canned fruits and well as alfajores and traditional sopaipillas are also worth tasting.
This region concentrates the greatest part of wine production in Argentina, with the provinces of Mendoza, San Juan and La Rioja in order of importance. Most wineries are open to tourists in this region, where vineyards grow in a deserted land, cultivated by men thanks to irrigation ditches, channels and reservoirs that enable its maximum exploitation.
Nestled within the majestic eastern foothills of the Andean mountain ranges, the dry and sunny Mendoza region is ideal for cultivating grapes used to make some of the finest wines in the world.
The city of Mendoza has even become known as the Wine Capital of Argentina. The diverse terrain of the region has also made Mendoza a haven for hikers and adventure seekers that want to explore more of the natural scenery this region has to offer.
Mendoza offers splendid hotels to stay and from where depart to the excursions, or you can also stay at the vineyards that offer accommodation. Different experiences to enjoy in this lovely city.
Mendoza is divided into 4 main areas to visit wineries and vineyards:
Center Region : Malbec, Cabernet Sauvignon, Chenin, Merlot, Chardonnay, Syrah, Ugni Blanc, Tocai Friulano
Uco Valley : Malbec, Cabernet, Tempranillo, Syrah , Barbera
San Rafael : Malbec, Bonarda, Cabernet Sauvignon, Tempranillo, Chenin
Lujan de Cuyo : Nieto Senetiner, Norton, Ruca Malen
Uco Valley : Salentein, Altus, La Tupiña, La Azul
Maipu : Lopez, Finca Flichman, Familia Zuccardi, Tempus Alba, Trapiche
San Rafael : Ricardo Jurado, Jean Rivier
where to eat:
Cavas Wine Lodge
Francis Mallmann’s 1884
Casa del Visitante
Nadia in Chacras de Coria
San Juan was historically a province devoted to the production of table wines, but in the last ten years, the situation has started to revert and the wine industry is becoming fully oriented towards the elaboration of fine and high quality wines.
The possibilities provided by the soil, the weather and the recently installed technology are many.
That is the reason why nowadays there are highly technified wineries at the different productive oasis, where internationally recognized wines are elaborated.
Varieties of wines:
Syrah wines are among the most remarkable
San Juan's Torrontes
Fabril Alto Verde
Viñas de Segisa
La Rioja combines different wine producing sub-regions. The main producing region goes from the Famatina Valleys to Villa Unión; this region having the necessary technology to achieve the finest wines, while the Coast Valleys unveil the magic of a wholly handcrafted production; two different approaches on the wines of a same province and completely different contexts for wine tourism: industrial wineries versus family wineries.
The circuit of family wineries that goes from the capital city of La Rioja till Santa Cruz (Department of Castro Barros) proposes to discover the taste of homemade wines, although there are other fancier projects at the new production centers like Chañarmuyo, at 1.720 mts above sea level, in the middle of the northern hills of the province, at the feet of the Paimán chain, scenery of the Aguada's native culture, an easy connection point to reach the wine producing regions of the neighbor province of Catamarca.
Varieties of wines:
La Rioja’s Torrontes
San Juan’s Torrontes
Benigni y Crade
Laura Salas de Masud
It may be approached by any of its multiple features. As it is always amazing provided it is a harmonious combination of nature, history and live cultures, strongly rooted to the earth.
In this region, meals are prepared with recipes that passed from generations to generations. These meals can be traced back to barter times when each region had its own local food production. There were exchanges with inhabitants of other regions that let them taste new flavors.
In the North, visitors can taste the captivating flavor of the sweet pepper with its 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 American camelid), soused vizcacha, hare or partridge, chivito or lamb asados or spicy chicken. These meals are paired with regional beverage. Visiting the north is synonym of tasting “chicha” –beverage made with fermented corn flour, peanut and water- or “aloja” –made from fermented carob tree sheaths. Other regional beverages are homemade foot-pressed wines (=vino patero), creole wines, homemade liquors and schnapps.
Mate – litoral infusion made with yerba-mate- is the obliged beverage for every meeting. Besides coca-tea is a much recommended beverage in order to avoid altitude illness.
Local confections feature a wide variety of cookies, pastries and jams. Cayote or sweet potato empanadas, alfajores, alfeñiques, gaznate (pastries filled 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 is made by folding a dough around the stuffing. The dough is usually of wheat flour and stuffings differ from province to province but they are mainly beef or chicken. Empanadas are either baked or fried.
The list of regional delights is endless as well as the list of establishments offering them. For a truly spectacular evening guets may visit one of the restaurants featureing a classical folkloric dance show.
Wine tourism in the North is mostly concentrated in the Calchaquíes Valleys, between the provinces of Salta and Catamarca, a region with outstanding landscape and culture, excellent frame for the Wine Route, with interesting stories and legacies.
Those valleys, at an average altitude of 1.700 meters above sea level, are the main producing regions, Cafayate heading the most important one. In middle of colorful mountains, those small wine oasis give birth to intense and strong wines, unique in style.
The Calchaquíes Valleys and specially Cafayate concentrate the 90% of vineyards, which encompass about 3.200 hectares. The rest is distributed among Cachi, Molinos and San Carlos. Vineyards at these valleys are called “high altitude vineyards”, ranging between 2.400 and 3.000 meters, a place that impresses because of its majestic location. The rare rains, the extraordinary luminosity and the great thermal amplitude give birth to concentrated fruits and strong wines.
Wineries with estancias, boutique hotels, inns and wine spas offer a big variety of lodging and relaxing options in this wine country. The kindness of its people, the authenticity of its cuisine, the ancient people and its handicraftsmen are part of the tourist attraction of the Wine Route in this province.
Varieties of wines:
Michel Torino Hnos
Catamarca has about 2,200 vineyard hectares; but only a fourth part thereof corresponds to wine varieties; the rest is for the fruit market or for the elaboration of raisins. Although the wineries are quite small, they have the right technology for the elaboration of high quality wines.This region’s wines are fruitlike and full in body.
Like the neighbor provinces of Salta and La Rioja, Catamarca features a mountain landscape, with ancient and imposing volcanoes and valleys where the population and crops are concentrated. Fiambalá valley, at the west and 300 kms far from the capital city, is the main grape producer. Towards the east is Santa María, the other productive oasis, at the Calchaquíes Valleys. Wineries, in general, are focused on the elaboration of fine wines and much of the process is done by hand.
Varieties of wines:
Elías J. Saleme
Chile’s unique combination of diverse geographical areas and Mediterranean climate make it ideal for eco-friendly winegrowing and producing a wide variety of wine types…
The region has just the right conditions for a very broad range of grape varieties, from crisp Sauvignon Blanc, lush Chardonnay, zippy Riesling or fragrant Viognier to vibrant Pinot Noir, juicy Merlot, spicy Syrah, classic Cabernet Sauvignon, Carmenere, and so much more.
Chile - The coast
You can find delicious products from the sea along the entire length of the Chilean coast. Fish like eel, corvina, grouper, reineta and salmon are used to make dishes like fried eel, baked corvina with seafood sauce, and salmon with capers.
The coast also produces all kinds of seafood, including crab, sea urchin, razor clams, scallops and mussels, all of which can be prepared a number of ways.
Chile – Central Valleys
If you find yourself in the country's central valleys, try the empanadas, cazuela (a traditional stew), pastel del choclo, humitas , porotos granados (bean stew), longanizas and the variety of dishes made with beef and pork.
All of this and more is available in Santiago, Santa Cruz, Talca, Chillan, Concepcion and Osorno.
Chile – Southern area
The cities of Valdivia, Osorno, Puerto Varas and Puerto Octay await you with exquisite German confections that form part of a tradition passed down by the colonists who came here in the 19th century.
Additionaly, in the Patagonian region you will find such non-traditional meats as boar and ostrich as well as the famed spit-roast lamb and spider crabs.
If you want to bring home a souvenir or gift, local shops offer spicy and wine-based marmalades, organic honey, Mapuche condiments (like the spice merkén), excellent olive oils and, of course, a wide selection of wine and pisco.
Maipo Valley : Cabernet Sauvignons
Colchagua Valley : Malbec, Syrah, Cabernet, Carmenere
Casablanca Valley : Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc
Aconcagua Valley : Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah
Maipo Valley : Almaviva, Antiyal, Aquitania, Concha y Toro, Haras de Pirque, Paseos del Vino, Perez Cruz, Quebrada de Macul Santa Alicia, 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
The Andean Mountain Range displays all its greatness in the Patagonian provinces. Millenary silent forests with native vegetation extend to the banks of crystalline waters.
Bariloche is a picturesque ski town on the southern shore of Lake Nahuel Huapi in the National Park of the same name. It is located in one of the most beautiful regions of the country, better known as the Lake District. Amidst grandiose snow-capped mountains, crystal clear waters and dense forest of cypress and coihue trees, it is known as the Switzerland of Argentina as even the architecture is reminiscent of Europe.
Austrians and Germans looking for a better life settled the area in the late 1800’s. These immigrants sought a place that reminded them of their Bavarian homeland, and they found it in a beautiful, fertile valley nestled in the Andes.
Now Mitre Street, Bariloche’s main street, is a “Street of Chocolate Dreams.” It is lined with stores selling chocolates and tourists trying to decide which store offers the best chocolate. It is a yummy dilemma!
Chocolates del Turista
Neuquén/Río Negro, Argentina
The most southern region in Argentina and in the continent is not an exception when it comes to grapes.
On the contrary, it is becoming one of the most promissory zones for the elaboration of finest wines, mainly Pinot Noir and Merlot, with its productive oasis surrounding Parallel 39°South (Neuquén and Río Negro).
Varieties of wines:
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