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Argentina vs. Germany in the World Cup Finals!

It is quite exhilarating to be in Argentina at this time.  The national soccer team has advanced to the World Cup Finals after 24 years and the country is euphoric! After the semi-final game on Wednesday the entire country went to the streets to celebrate the win against Holland. Over 5,000 people were estimated to have flocked to the Obelisk in the center of Buenos Aires and I was one of them!

Argentina's fans celebrate their team winning the 2014 World Cup semi-finals against the Netherlands in Buenos Aires

Everyone is anxious to see who will win this Sunday as Germany and Argentina face each other at the Finals for the 3rd time.  Argentina won in 1986 and Germany in 1990, but who will win in 2014?!?!

To get prepared to cheer on the Argentine team, or “la selección” as they are called here, I’ve shared a post written by Diego, a host at Anuva Wines:

WORLD CUP! Once every 4 years, the event where every time Argentina plays a game the whole country stops is back! Everybody stops working, no buses, no taxis, no trains or subway, nothing else matters. Friends and Family gather to watch “La Seleccion”, the Argentine Futbol Team. Next week, on June 12th the first game takes place between Brazil and Croatia, and 3 days after the first game of the Group F: Argentina Vs Bosnia, which is on Sunday so it is perfect to have an Asado with a traditional Argentine Wine Tasting.

Alejandro Sabella

The Argentine Team’s Coach: Alejandro Sabella.

It has been a long wait until the coach Alejandro Sabella provided the official list of the 23 players that are going to represent Argentina in Brasil 2014, just 2 days ago we had the final squad. Here are the names:

Goalkeepers: Sergio Romero, Mariano Andujar, Agustin Orion.

Defenders: Federico Fernandez, Ezequiel Garay, Martin Demichelis, Pablo Zabaleta, Marcos Rojo, Jose Basanta, Hugo Campagnaro.

Midfielders: Fernando Gago, Augusto Fernandez, Javier Mascherano, Angel Di Maria, Lucas Biglia, Maxi Rodriguez, Ricardo Alvarez, Enzo Perez.

Forwards: Sergio Aguero, Gonzalo Higuain, Lionel Messi, Ezequiel Lavezzi, Rodrigo Palacio.

Argentime Team 2014

This is the list of 30 players that Sabella presented a few weeks ago. Otamendi, Banega, Lopez, Rinaudo, Sosa, Mercado and Di Santo where left out, tough decision for the coach, but there are only 23 places for the World Cup.

This team represents Sabella’s idea of mixing young professionals who are having great success in their teams with experienced players to guide them through the process of being part of a World Cup. Although this is a great opportunity for the first timers in a World Cup to show their skills, they are representing a whole nation and the pressure is huge. It has been almost 30 years since the last time Argentina was a World Champion, and in a country where Futbol is so important, the only thing that is on everyone’s mind when the World Cup starts is: WE ARE GONNA WIN THIS!

So lets review a little bit about each of the players that are going to represent “La Seleccion” and if all goes well, will return the glory to the Argentine Futbol!

GOALKEEPERS

Sergio Romero

Sergio Romero

Sergio Romero: playing for Monaco in France. He played 45 games with the national squad and was part of South Africa 2010 World Cup. He will be part of the starting line up. On his last game at the World Cup against Germany the match ended 0-4 for the Germans, not all the goals where his fault, but he is hungry to show that it won’t happen again and why he was picked as the first choice.

Mariano Andujar: Today plays at Catania in Italy. Has been in 8 matches with Argentina. He holds the record in the Argentine League without conceding goals for 800 minutes. He went to South Africa 2010 as substitute goalkeeper.

Agustin Orion: Right now he plays for Boca Juniors in Argentina. He played 3 games with the national team and even scored a penalty shot against Brasil in 2012. Second substitute goalkeeper. He never played a World Cup but he has great experience under pressure and is one of the most secure and with attitude goalkeepers in the national league.

DEFENDERS

Federico Fernandez: with experience working with Sabella in Estudiantes and good performance at his current team Napoli and La Seleccion. He definitely won a place to be part of the World Cup. Games with Argentina:24 Goals: 2. First time in the WC for Fernandez.

 Ezequiel Garay: with a past in Newells Old Boys, Racing de Santander and Real Madrid. The current player of Benfica in Portugal was chosen as the central defender for the Argentine team. 18 games played and no goals. First time in the WC for Garay.

Martin Demichelis

Martin Demichelis

Martin Demichelis: The most experienced defender among the team. Martin Demichelis is a senior here. Today he plays at Manchester City and had a prosperous career playing for Bayern Munich where he won 11 Major titles. He was with La seleccion in 37 games and scored 2 goals. He was one of the surprises in the list, but definitely a good choice to help the “kids” in the team. He was part of the team in south Africa 2010.

Pablo Zabaleta: the right back defender of the team play for the Manchester City in England. He didn’t make it to the previous World Cup, although he was a strong candidate Diego Maradona didn’t include him in the list. He was the first pick of Alejandro Sabella for Brasil 2014. With 36 games with Argentina, his talent is undisputed.

Marcos Rojo: Another defender who worked before in Estudiantes with Sabella. In his 20 games with La Seleccion in the last years he gained a place to be in his first World Cup. He plays for Sporting Lisboa in Portugal.

Jose Basanta: Great surprise! This 30 year old defender who has only played 8 games with the Argentine team is another of the players with a past in Estudiantes de La Plata. Today he plays at Monterrey in Mexico. His talent during the qualifying stages made him win a place at his first World Cup.

Hugo Campagnaro: with a huge career playing in Italian teams, nowadays Hugo Campagnaro is a defender at Inter Milan. He played 12 games for the national team, a 33 year old experienced, talented and tough defender. This is his first and probably last appearance in the World Cup, so i bet that he is going to live his life on the field to defend the white and light blue jersey.

MIDFIELDERS

Fernando Gago: One of Sabella’s favorites. Gago play in Boca Juniors in Argentina. He has always proved to be a great midfielder distributing the ball marvelously and not letting the rival take it away from him. He has 46 games with Argentina and believe it or not this is his first World Cup. His hunger to show what he can do to the rivals in Brasil 2014 must be giant!

Augusto Fernandez: the 28 year old midfielder from Celta de Vigo in Spain has only played 7 games with La Seleccion and scored one goal. This was more than enough to convince Sabella that he should be part of the 23 to represent us in Brasil.

Javier Mascherano

Javier Mascherano

Javier Mascherano: An obvious pick for Sabella. Mascherano is the most experienced player of the Argentine team. Attitude, strength and inteligence in the field distinguish this player who has been capped 95 times to be in the team (more times than anyone else in the squad). Messi’s teammate in Barcelona was part of Germany 2006 and South Africa 2010. Will Brasil 2014 be his opportunity to finally win the cup?! Let’s hope so!

Angel Di Maria:  a great dribbler, fast and precise. Di Maria was always there for Sabella. An undisputed piece in the Real Madrid, also part of the essence of the Argentine team. He has 42 games and 8 goals record and was part of South Africa 2010.

Lucas Biglia:  an important piece during the qualifying stages, Biglia has played in the Belgium league the most part of his career at Anderlecht and now he plays for Lazio in Italy. He has a total of 16 games with La Seleccion and this is his first World Cup.

Maxi Rodriguez: another experienced player. Nowadays he plays for Newells Old Boys in Argentina, where he came back just to be champion with his beloved team.  He played 49 games and scored 16 goals with Argentina, every Argentine remembers his amazing goal to Mexico in Germany 2006. He went to South Africa 2010 as well.

Ricardo Alvarez: Ex Velez Sarsfield, currently playing for Inter Milan. His skills took him to be part of the 23 to go to Brasil 2014. He just has 5 games with the team and no goals. Probably he won’t be a part of the starting line up, but watch him if he enters the field, he may surprise everyone.

Enzo Perez: He plays for Benfica in Portugal where he knew how to be an important part of the team. Also was part of Estudiantes when Sabella was the coach. He played 6 times with the squad with great performances, and scoring one goal. First time in a World Cup for Perez.

FORWARDS 

Sergio Aguero: the great forward of Machester City is one of the most important parts of the team. An amazing attacker that doesn’t forgive the goalkeepers and has a great chemistry with Messi and Higuain with which he already played in South Africa 2010. 47 games with Argentina. Goals scored: 23.

Gonzalo Higuain: a fantastic scorer. With a great past with Real Madrid and currently playing for Napoli, Higuain is a must in the Argentine team. If you give him a minimum space, he scores, as simple as that. Great power shots and he really knows where to be at the right time, as only the best forwards know how to do it. Games: 37, Goals: 21. World Cups: South Africa 2010.

Lionel Messi

Lionel Messi

Lionel Messi: the all winner with Barcelona and best player in the whole world has only one objective left in his career: win the World Cup with Argentina. Messi is without a doubt the player that everyone will be waiting to explode in the World cup. He couldn’t score goals in South Africa 2010 and only scored 1 in Germany 2006 against Serbia & Montenegro. He is the top scorer of the team, he has 84 games where he scored 37 goals.  I got a feeling that this is gonna be his World Cup, Go Messi!!

Ezequiel Lavezzi: the forward player from Paris St Germain has the strength of a horse on his legs. He wasn’t selected for the previous World Cup, so now is his chance to proof what he is made of. A player with an outstanding presence and attitude. Games: 27. Goals: 4.

Rodrigo Palacio: a fast forwarder, with great experience in the field. He went to Germany 2006 but was left out by Diego Maradona for South Africa 2010. Rodrigo is back in Brasil 2014, probably he won’t be part of the starting line up, but he is more than capable to show his great skills. Games: 20. Goals: 3.

Alright! This is the team, there has been many controversy among the players picked by Mr Alejandro Sabella in the last weeks (being Carlos Tevez the one player that everyone wanted in but Sabella left out), but this always happens, you can’t satisfy everyone. This is the final list and there is nothing more to do than to wish all of them the best in the upcoming World Cup. Go Argentina! VAMOS ARGENTINA!!!

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A Murder in La Munich

Last weekend I saw the play “Crimen en La Munich” in the beautiful old beer hall (or cervecería) “La Munich” in Puerto Madero.  Nowadays La Munich is a museum (the humor museum to be more exact) but in its glory days of the 1930’s, Buenos Aires’s high society used to go to the Munich to sip on a Quilmes and look out to the Rio de La Plata.

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(Some old photos of La Munich)

In these times the Ecological Reserve hadn’t been constructed yet, and the water began right along the Costanera, which is now inhabited by food vendors selling choripan. The water has always been a murky brown color due to the sediments that come from upstream, but it was much less contaminated than it is today.  The Porteños used to flock to the main bathing spot across from La Munich called the Balneario Municipal to take a dip on the warm summer days.

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The play “Crimen en la Munich” takes the audience back to the year 1937 to celebrate a night of Carnival in the old beer hall.  It’s an interactive comedy in which a murder occurs and all actors are in some way involved, including the audience. The actors, dressed in their 1930’s attire, move freely among the audience making the whole experience feel very life-like.  It was funny and entertaining and a great activity for a Saturday night.  Plus you’ll receive a Quilmes and some snacks upon entering!

The murder mystery takes place every Saturday at 9pm until October.  Tickets are on sale in the Humor Museum Mondays-Fridays from 11am- 5pm and Saturdays-Sundays and holidays from 11 to 7pm.  The museum is located in Puerto Madero, Av. de los Italianos 851

What is the longest word in the Spanish dictionary? GOOOOOOOOOOOOL!!

If you’ve spent some time in Argentina, you’ve probably discovered that Argentinians are very passionate people.  Whether it’s yelling at each other in the street (or making out with each other in the street) or dancing tango or watching football, Argentineans are not ashamed to show their emotions.  In my opinion this passion comes out in its most pure and intense form through football. The first game I ever went to was between two very important teams, Independiente and Boca.  It was outside the Buenos Aires city limits in the Independiente stadium.  I remember being shocked by many of the things that I saw.  These include:

  1. EVERYONE (men, women and children) standing up the entire game, shouting and singing the fight songs. The “popular” section with all the insanely passionate fans played their drums and sang nonstop.  After only 30 minutes I felt exhausted and overwhelmed but everyone else seemed to feed off the energy of the crowd
  2. The huge fences separating the fans from the field
  3. The policemen lining the stadium with full-on SWAT uniforms
  4. Waiting for every single person on the visiting side to exit the stadium (dancing their way out, since they won) before we could leave.

After my first football game I quickly found that Independiete and Boca were not for me, and that my loyalties were to reside instead with the San Lorenzo team.  My boyfriend is a devout “cuervo” along with other famous figures such as the Pope and Viggo Mortenson.  As a San Lorenzo fan, here is a list of a few things I witnessed in my many visits to the cancha (stadium).

  1. Once San Lorenzo scored a goal.  I repeat: a goal. They didn’t win this game in particular or anything, but they did score a goal.  Immediately after the goal I looked around the stands and saw that almost every single person had tears in their eyes.  My boyfriend included! I was shocked! I had no idea how to react so I turned away to give him some space and proceeded to watch the other grown men cry like babies.
  2. There is a San Lorenzo fan that represents the ideal passionate football spirit and he is known as “El Gordo Ventilador” or “The Fat Fan.” It’s technically “fan” like a ceiling fan, but I didn’t realize the pun in English until now!  The Fat Fan is a large man that climbs up the fence without a shirt on and remains perched in what looks like an extremely uncomfortable position for the entirety of the game.  Be it rain or shine the Gordo Venitlador is a loyal fan, waving his blue and red San Lorenzo shirt around in the air in a fan-like motion.
  3. The most intense experience I ever had at a football game was a couple years ago.  To be honest I don’t really know what happened, but the referee made some call that really pissed off all the San Lorenzo fans.  Everyone started yelling and ripping of their seats and throwing it over the fence onto the field.  The referee had to be escorted out of the stadium and people tried to climb down the wall to catch him before he got into a car. Then, to get the fans out as fast as possible the SWAT- like policeman started tear-gassing the stands and shooting rubber bullets.  We were on the other side away from the “popular” section so we didn’t get a direct hit of the tear gas, but I did experience an awful feeling in my eyes and throat.  We ran out covering our eyes with our shirt.  I was terrified and couldn’t believe how quickly everything had escalated. My boyfriend had always told me to wear running shoes whenever we go to a game, and I finally understood why.

Despite that one bad experience that I had at an Argentine football game, I love them.  The energy and excitement at the games is invigorating.  Experiencing a football game in Argentina is an essential part to understanding its culture and the passionate souls that inhabit it.

Finding Your Park in Buenos Aires

One of my favorite things about living in Argentina is that it is 100% A-OK to spend the day in a park, doing nothing.  In the USA I rarely ever do this.  It’s not to say that I don’t go to parks, it’s just that when I’m at one I’m usually there to hike or swim or camp or play frisbee. I would never just go to a park and drink tea with a funny straw and eat pastries.  But while being in Buenos Aires I’ve come to realize that this is one of my favorite things to do.  I could sit in a park with friends for hours, drinking mate and eating medialunas.  I love watching all the people and I love that the entire city seems to be outside on any weekend when the weather is nice.  Sometimes in the states I have the feeling that I always need to be doing something.  Even if I’m just enjoying my Saturday outside, I still need to be active.  In Argentina “doing something” could purely just be drinking mate.

I also love the parks in Buenos Aires because it is a way to get away from the city without actually having to leave it.  It’s overwhelming to be surrounded by so many people and so much concrete all the time. Just spending a couple hours in the park is a great way to release and relax.  Mother nature is our natural Prozac! Since there are so many parks to explore in Buenos Aires, I’ll list some of my personal favorites here:

Parque Centenario: If you asked an Argentine about Parque Centenario a couple years ago, they would have told you never to go there.  But over the past centenariocouple years the city has done a great job cleaning up the park and making it safer by locking it down at night.  For me, this park has it all- trees, ponds, outdoor amphitheater, big space but small vibe, plenty of people watching opportunities, and it’s located at the intersection of some wonderful neighborhoods- Almagro, Caballito and Villa Crespo.  These neighborhoods have a much less touristy vibe than the other neighborhoods of Palermo and Recoleta.

Plaza Francia: The best part of Recoleta! A park on a hill right next to the Recoleta cemetery and the Recoleta cultural center.  The hill provides excellent back support and a prime people-watching position.  On weekends you can check out the artisanal fair that happens around the park as well as listen to some local music.  I’m actually convinced that there is only one man that plays, but hey it’s nice to have some background music while doing absolutely nothing.

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Parque Las Heras: The hippie haven! This park is where acrobats of all kind flock to show off their stuff.  You can watch people do aerial acrobatics with faparquelasherasbric hanging from the trees, or walk from tree to tree while balancing on a slackline, or do magical hand tricks with crystal balls.  It was right around this park where a psychic started a conversation with me about two years ago and said some things I still can’t forget!! So be open when you enter this park, interesting things could happen to you…

Bosques de Palermo: This is the park of all parks.  The biggest and the baddest.  It’s huge, it has a running trail, rollerblading paths, multiple ponds, a beautiful rose garden and tons of places to sit.  It might be difficult to find someone in this park, but it’s a great place to get some exercise.  My only issue is the concrete.  I just need to have it completely out of my vision sometimes and this park doesn’t quite fulfill the 100% green quota.

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Parque Lezama: A great park for those who stay on the other slezamaide of the city.  This park is located in San Telmo/La Boca.  I like this park because it is more dimensional.  You have to walk around it quite a few times to really understand it’s shape, and it’s located on a slope which gives it some cool viewing spots.  I’m also partial to this park because it has drum circles and is right next to my favorite vegetarian restaurant: La Hierba Buena.

I hope this list was diverse enough for everyone’s interests.  The truth is there is a park for everyone in Buenos Aires.  Go out there and find the one that fits your fancy!

What to Drink in Argentina

The following is a list drink suggestions when traveling/ or living in Argentina.

1. Of course our list has to start out with wine, Argentina is famous for it! This is a country made for winos (why do you think I moved here…just kidding…kind of). As the 5th largest wine producer in the world Argentina tops the charts for delicious and very fairly priced wines. While their selection of imported wines isn’t so impressive, no need to fret because the wines that Argentina has to offer are just as delicious if not better!

Malbec- the quintessential grape of Argentina. Malbec is the most widely grown grape throughout the country and within the past 5 years has really taken off internationally as well. Here in Argentina the Malbec wines are known for their young fruitforward characteristics with hints of red fruits like cherry and strawberry. It pairs very well with a delicious Argentine steak dinner but would also go nicely with a beef empanada.

Bonarda- known as the secret grape in Argentina, it’s actually the second most widely grown grape throughout the nation. Another really intense ruby red colored wine with forest fruit flavors bonarda is an excellent partner for a traditional picada. It’s super drinkable and when aged in oak can take on lovely notes of tobacco and vanilla.

Torrontes- the flagship white wine of Argentina. It’s commonly mistaken that Argentina is only good at producing red wines but that is most certainly not the case. Torrontes aka the lying grape is an incredibly beautiful style of wine. Upon first smell your nose will almost certainly be overwhelmed with floral and citrus notes like honey and jasmine tricking your brain into thinking it’s a sweet wine. On the contrary though it’s actually a very dry and acidic wine with subtle effervescent hints of apricot, peachy and grapey hints.

 

2. Fine, so wine just isn’t your thing, not to worry! Argentina has plenty more to offer. They’re also super big on their liquors.

Fernet- the liquor or all liquors here in Argentina. It’s the classic, stirred up with a little coke this Italian bitter has a healthy tradition with Argentines. It’s one of their go-to drinks. I will warn you that while it’s basically a must try, it has a super acquired taste.

Gancia- this is another really common drink here. Without a mixer Gancia is just slightly higher in alcohol content then wine and has a largely lemon-based flavor. Usually it’s mixed up with some sort of clear bubbly drink like Sprite or 7Up and some slices of lemon. This combination makes it take on a more bubblegum alcoholic flavor.

 

3. Yerba Mate, a tea-like substance is most certainly the most popular beverage here in Argentina. The yerba mate is actually a plant and they dry the leaves and crush them up into a loose tea. In order to drink mate, you use a hollowed out gourd and a special filtered bombilla (straw). After putting the tea in the mate with the straw you then pour hot water from a thermos over portions of the yerba and sip it through the metal straw. Warning, this beverage is highly caffeinated and awesomely addictive but totally good for your health! When it gets hot outside you can switch from using hot water to using cold water, orange juice or lemonade.

 

Celebrating the Red Moon in the Southern Hemisphere

I’m sure you all heard about the red moon lunar eclipse last Monday.  But if you were passed out by 3:45am and missed the show, like myself, don’t worry there’s good news. We get three more chances!

The lunar eclipse that took place on April 14th-15th was the first of a lunar eclipse tetrad, which is fancy word for a group of 4 lunar eclipses.  Roughly every six months for the next 2 years we will get to see this cool space magic… so mark your calendars now and start getting ready if you need some mental preparation to be awake by 3:45am!

The next three lunar eclipses will take place on:

-October 8th, 2014

-April 4th, 2015

-September 28th, 2015

The good news is we will be able to see at least part of it in Argentina because it will be nighttime.  Don’t plan a trip to Europe, Africa or Central Asisa if you are really excited about this event or else you will miss it! And if you miss any of these blood moons you’ll have to wait until 2032 to see the next one.  So unless you are an extremely patient person, or you don’t really care about space stuff, you probably shouldn’t miss it.

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Now some of you non-astromony folks might be wondering, what exactly is a lunar eclipse? Here’s a little stargazing 101.  This phenomenon only occurs when there is a full moon, and the sun, the Earth and the moon are all aligned with the Earth in the middle.  In the eclipse the moon passes directly behind the Earth, blocking itself from the sun’s light.  It kind of looks like the lunar cycle sped up into about 3 hours, and then turned red.

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What is so special about these four lunar eclipses is the fact that they are also red, or “blood” moons. Last week it didn’t show up as deep red as people were hoping, but more of an orange-reddish color.  The color has to do with light from the sun shining through the earth’s atmosphere and reflecting upon the moon.  It’s basically the same as when the sky turns red during a sunrise or sunset.  And if the atmosphere is especially dusty, say for example right after a volcanic eruption, the moon would look very dark red in color.

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(photo credit: Zach Epstein http://bgr.com/2014/04/22/blood-moon-photo-gif-eclipse/)

A lunar eclipse is unlike a solar eclipse in many ways.  First of all, the lunar eclipse can be seen from any part of the Earth that is on the nighttime side, whereas the solar eclipse can only be viewed from a very small area. A solar eclipse happens when a full moon passes between the Earth and the sun.  And this event usually only takes a few minutes, while the lunar eclipse can last a few hours.  The lunar eclipse is also safe to see without special eye protection.

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(solar eclipse)

For me, one of the most exciting parts of a lunar eclipse is the opportunity to watch it among hippie festivals with drum circles and full moon dancing.  I don’t know about other parts of the world but Buenos Aires sure knows how to welcome in the “Luna llena” (full moon).  Every month people gather at the Planetarium, in the forests of Palermo, to celebrate the full moon.  This past Monday was particularly exciting due to the lunar eclipse and the red moon.  Fire dancers, drummers and curious star-gazers flocked to the park to see this incredible site.  The Planetarium was open and let people line up to see the eclipse through their giant telescopes.  The lunar eclipse caught me by surprise last week and I wasn’t prepared to take on the Luna Llena party in all its glory.  But I know where I’ll be this year on October 8th!

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A Special Day for Argentina

Today is a very special day in Argentina…any ideas why???

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It’s World Malbec Day!! That’s right, today is the one day a year we get to relinquish all life duties and drink Malbec all day long!

Ok, ok, I wish.  But it is a day meant for celebrating the existence of this beloved red wine…or better said, “vino tinto.”   And this is the vino tinto that put Argentina on the wine world map.

Today is the day to pay our respects to the French agronomist Michel Pouget, who came to Argentina (under the president’s request) in 1853 to develop the country’s wine industry.  Along with him, Pouget brought Malbec vines from their birthplace of Cohors, France.  The vines took to the dry, sunny climate of Mendoza and became a malbec unlike any before.  Dark plum colors, wonderful aromas of blackberry and a mouthful of silky tannins.  Mmmm the magical combination.

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World Malbec day is gaining recognition.  On it’s birthday in 2011 it was celebrated in 36 countries and this year it’s reached over 50! The World is on to this Malbec, and it’s wanting more.  It’s time to share the love Argentina!

So I plan to celebrate my Malbec Day by going to some of my favorite wine bars in the city, and asking for their best recommendations.  Here’s my list of favorite spots:

Quaint little French wine and cheese bar.  Very tiny, lovely to sit outside on a nice evening.  International selection of wine (which is surprising difficult to come by in this city) and the most delectable arrays of meats and cheeses.

Another pleasant little bar in the lovely neighborhood of Villa Crespo.  La Cava is great for a relaxing evening enjoying their tasty, and extensive, wine list.   Some nights they have live music.

A wine shop and restaurant that has it’s very own wine tastings.  You can taste three wines at a time and although they do not offer food pairings you can order food, and their food is delicious. Their very knowledgeable sommeliers can always help you pick some great tasting choices.

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And you can always eclebrate your Malbec Day at a Buenos Aires Wine Tasting 🙂 There’s plenty of Malbec here! But whatever you do, make sure to let your Malbec know how special it is.