American Airlines First Class from Orlando (MCO) to Miami (MIA) and American Airlines Business Class from Miami (MIA) to Buenos Aires (EZE)
Aerolineas Argentinas from Buenos Aires (AEP) to Mendoza (MDZ)
Park Hyatt Mendoza
Masters of Food & Wine, Day 1: American Airlines Cocktail Reception
Masters of Food & Wine, Day 2: La Alboroza, Zuccardi Winery, Trapiche Winery
Masters of Food & Wine, Day 3: Catena Zapata, Rutini Wines, Terrazas de los Andes
Aerolineas Argentinas from Mendoza (MDZ) to Buenos Aires (AEP)
American Airlines Business Class from Buenos Aires (EZE) to Miami (MIA) and American Airlines First Class from Miami (MIA) to Orlando (MCO)
(Full disclosure: Park Hyatt and American Airlines, sponsors of the Masters of Food & Wine Event, comped my airfare, hotel, and admission to the events)
Day three started bright and early at 8AM with a drive to Catena Zapata. It was a beautiful day and I was excited that our hour-long bus ride was bringing us closer to the mountains, which made for a very picturesque ride (though the bus seats were especially comfortable, so I had a hard time staying awake).
Catena Zapata was absolutely stunning, given the Mayan-inspired building with the mountains and vineyards in the backdrop.
We were greeted by their winemakers and marketing folks with a champagne reception, as they explained a bit about the history of the winery.
One of the nice things about the Mayan temple design is that there’s an observation deck at the very top. When we finally made it up there I had one of those moments where you forget about everything else in the world, forget about all the bad stuff going on, forget about any stress, and just take in the world for how beautiful it is. Ah, life is good.
Our tour continued downstairs, where we also had some wine tasting.
After about two hours at Catena Zapata it was time to go to Rutini Wines for lunch and a tour, which was about 45 minutes away. The view from Rutini Wines was equally beautiful, though the building itself was a bit more “industrial.”
We were lucky enough to actually be the first ones to ever get a tour of the winery, since it was the first time they opened to the public.
After a tour it was time for lunch. This lunch was different (in a cool way), in that we were having lunch in the actual “facilities,” giving it a more industrial feel.
The chef today was Brazilian and the pasty chef was Argentinian.
Chocolate cake soakes in Rutini Dulce Encabezado de Malbec
Light pistaccio cream, poached apricot
Spiced cocoa syrup
After a fancy three hour meal it was time to head back to the hotel, though only for about 30 minutes before it was time to hit the next winery. Dinner would be at Terrazas de los Andes, which was about an hour drive from the hotel.
They set up a tent just for the dinner. I couldn’t help but feel like I was at a wedding.
Tonight’s chef was Argentinian and pastry chef was American. I spent quite a bit of time googling this meal to figure out just what it was!
After the first course the owner of the winery and chef were on stage to introduce themselves.
There was even entertainment with the main course, in the form of tango.
To finish off the evening everyone working in the kitchen was brought out for a round of applause.
After a most enjoyable two days, as exhausting and calorie-filled as they were, I was looking forward to a half decent night of sleep before flying back to the US.