Sunday, May 31, 2009

Tour de Vino

The winner of the Tour de Vino doesn't get a yellow jersey, just purple teeth. And everyone's a winner.
We mounted our steel horses equipped with only a map and the desire to drink a lot of wine. Our epic quest took us to bodegas all over Maipu, a small town in the Mendoza region. Each vineyard we pedaled to was unique, some practicing techniques that haven't changed in a hundred years and others using the latest technology. We sampled Malbecs, Cabernets, Syrahs, and Tempranillos, practicing our wine vocabulary between glasses. We set out to visit all the wineries but by the third vineyard realized that slow and steady wins the race. After several bodegas, we required food to soak up the wine and went to a secluded restaurant called Almacen del Sur. There we ate an array of delicious picadas accompanied by, of course, a bottle of Malbec. In our wine stupor, complete with giggles and a lot of biking with no hands, we slacked on our camera duties for the final wineries. Later, as the sun set, we returned our bikes with smiles on our faces and bellies full of wine.

6 comments:

Bergs in the Burbs said...

Temple...this is AWESOME! I love reading about your travels. (And I really love the sign with the arrows pointing.) "Don't go this way," HA!

Bett Addams Williams said...

fun to see what you two were up to yesterday!!! we had giggles with breakfast over your giggly wine tour! Good to the last drop!

Jackie said...

This is what I love to see! I wish I could have been a part of this adventure (well all of them but definitely this one!)

Julia said...

How fabulous!!!! Love the pic of Clay riding his bike with no hands. How brave!

foster said...

I especially like the yellow grape vines shot and of course the beautiful wine drinkers. What an education!

The Moore People said...

Sounds like my kind of day! Wish we could have done that with you!!! Miss you and love you!