My fortune from February 26, 2013 (Yes, I believe!)
My fortune from February 26, 2013 (Yes, I believe!)

It’s hard to believe that it’s been over a year ago when my then world began to crash and burn, having both lost a career and a long-term relationship out of the blue. I vowed to use travel as my solace towards leading a purposeful life and to fight my sorrow and loss with new experiences.

I began my literal and figurative journey, which has not been without bumps in the road, but overall has been more than imagined in many ways. I have discovered support from sources I didn’t know I had and unexpected doors of opportunity have been opened. I am truly thankful for those who have offered me comfort, employment, friendship during the most challenging period of my life.

In late August, I was sitting in a chair getting a pedicure when an e-mail came through from Uncorking Argentina inviting me to travel to Mendoza, Argentina as part of a FAM journalists’ and travel professionals’ tour because of my writing for Plum Deluxe. It was surreal. I never imagined in my wildest dreams I would ever visit Argentina or anywhere in South America. Even though I had to provide my own airfare, I knew inside that I had to seize the opportunity. I applied and was accepted.

Next week I begin this amazing trip. Since so many of you have supported me in so many ways, I wanted to share the itinerary with you. I hope you will stay tuned, as I will be bringing you along with me in my heart and soul.

On Tuesday, October 8th, 

Our driver is going to be waiting for you at the airport.

Carolyn and Molly are going to meet you at Cordillera, Vinos y Fuegos Resto for the tasting class at 5:30 pm.

(Address: Belgrano 1028, Mendoza City)-

After the tasting class you are going to enjoy a great cooking class at the same place. (My first cooking class!)

On Wednesday, October 9th,

Our driver and Molly are going to pick you up from the NH Hotel at 9 am. Start your wine tour in Lujan de Cuyo area.

First visit and taste at Domaine St Diego Winery, continue to Renacer Winery for more wines, finally enjoy a great wine pairing lunch at Casarena Winery.

Back to the hotel in the afternoon.

On Thursday, October 10th,

Our mountain guide and Molly are going to pick you up from the NH Hotel at 8:30 am. They are going to take you to Potrerillos area.

There you are going to have the option to have a great trekking or horseback riding experience.

After that relish with a traditional asado lunch.

Back to the hotel in the afternoon.

*I will be tasting and tweeting live for #MerlotMe and #VAWineChat with wines from Boxwood Winery*

On Friday, October 11th,

Our driver and Molly are going to pick you up from the NH Hotel at 10:15 am. Start your wine tour in Valle de Uco area.

First visit and taste at Pulenta Estate Winery, continue to La Azul Winery where you are going to have a great wine pairing lunch, later enjoy visiting and tasting at Gimenez Riili Winery.

After that, the “The Vines” people are going to be happy to show you their great project.

Check in at Alpasion Lodge.

You are going to have dinner at Alpasion that night.

On Saturday, October 12th,

Check out and meet our driver at 9 am.

He is going to take you to meet Carolyn and Molly at Maria Antonieta Resto. There you are going to have a farewell snack before part of the group has the transfer out to the airport.

10 thoughts on “Mendoza, Argentina, here I come!

  1. Beth,

    This is totally amazing. I can feel your excitement! I guess things really do happen for a reason. So happy that you have braved the unknown and gone for it! Look out world C’est Beth!

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