After our blending session with Susana Balbo, our group was whisked about 20 minutes away from DDP to this beautiful home overlooking a serene little “lake”. What was in store for us this evening?
A little socializing, followed by empanadas and argentine vino under the veranda, followed by a glorious dinner, followed by dancing! As you can see from the number of wine glasses laid out on our table, there was also going to be some pretty serious wine tasting / drinking too.
But prior to all of this, we took the opportunity to unwind a bit, relax, and have a snack or two with a cup of tea or a sip of mate. Pretty funny..I guess this is how wine people “unwind” before gearing up to taste more wine!
Lest we got too comfortable sipping assorted stimulants, about 45 minutes later our group was instructed to meet out back behind the casa and under the veranda for a glass of 2009 Crios Rose de Malbec and 2008 Crios Chardonnay.
And of course, Empanadas! All baked to perfection with some serious high heat.
The sun slowly set as our group enjoyed an empanada or two (or three) and sipped on Susana’s delicious white and pink wines. Good food, good wine, good company.
And then..to the table! Here is the view from my seat as I sat down to dinner that evening. Magical.
To accompany our superb dinner that evening, Susana offered the following selection of wines for us to enjoy. Clicking on each wine will provide you with additional info on each wine.
Note: This wine has not yet been released for the US market, however I have provided a link with information on the 2006 vintage in order to give you an idea.
Just when we thought the evening couldn’t get any better than this, guess what? It did. Turn up the music and roll out the carpet for a fantastic live performance of classic Argentine dancing! Here, Susana and her son Jose Lovaglio (a UC Davis wine grad and up and coming Argentine winemaker in his own right) take in the performance.
This brief re-cap of the evening’s performance includes several various styles of traditional dance. In particular, the last segment in which the three male dancers perform together is called the Malambo.
The Malambo is traditionally a dance performed only by men. Developed in the 17th century, it involves highly stylized and very rhythmic “tap” dancing to music that contains no lyrics. Most often gaucho (or cowboy) boots are worn, and the very complex footwork involved often include movements like the “cepillada” or brushing the floor with the sole of the foot, as well as the “repique”, a strike to the floor using the back part of the boot.
Thank you Susana for hosting such an educational and inspiring day!