By Pick Up The Fork

Oh, how I love Mendoza. It’s one of the only places on earth where it’s socially acceptable to drink wine before 10am. It’s also ideal for non-alcoholic reasons: the scenery is absolutely insane – think Andes mountains, an ideal climate, sunny weather, blue skies, friendly Mendocinos, rivers, vineyards, lots of green landscapes, sunrises, sunsets, stars, and, well… wine, wine, wine, and more wine. So, it was a no brainer when I had the chance to check out Casa de Uco, a new wine resort, hotel, spa, and restaurant that just opened up in Vista Flores, Valle de Uco. A few days in a Mendozan paradise luxury hotel filled with great food and wine? I guess I’ll take one for the team.

Walking into Casa de Uco and I immediately knew it would be a hard place to leave. Greeted by the ultra friendly staff, the floor to ceiling glass windows overlooked amazing views of a pool, pond, organic garden, 790 acres of vineyards — and I hadn’t even explored beyond the living room entrance yet... (Read More)

By Blue Sky Limit Blog

During my week in Mendoza, I’d come to the tough conclusion that this city of wine set among the high Andes would be my last stop in Argentina.  I’d originally hoped to revisit my former home, Buenos Aires, and spend time with my porteño friends, but after hearing horror stories about how dangerous the capital had become, I decided to save both time and money and head back to Chile to get to know Santiago.

I woke up early to leave for the bus terminal, where I’d bought a ticket for a 10AM departure.  I figured this would allow me to cross the border before it got too busy and arrive in Santiago before dusk.  As I was checking out of the hostel, the receptionist at Hostel Empedrado asked me if I had exchanged contact info with my Canadian friends, who had left earlier that morning.  I hadn’t, but, curious, I asked why.

As it turned out, they had accidentally... (Read More)