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One Breathtaking Meal in Mendoza

Mendoza, Argentina. There are so many esteemed wineries in Mendoza, how is a girl to choose? Well if mere tasting is a bit too academic for you, then what about a boozy lunch at the attractive Bodega Ruca Malen? Not only will you sample a handsome variety of the winery’s finest, but each glass will be perfectly paired to compliment each course of your meticulously executed meal: the delicate floral notes of the Torrontés highlighting the freshness of the trout and the snappy tartness of the apple, the intense tannins of the Ruca Malen Reserva softened by the sweet beet root and creamy ricotta. What’s more, as you peer out over the lifted rim of your glass, you’ll be treated to a captivating show: emerald green vines softly fluttering in the wind and snow peaked Andes sparkling in the distance. The experience is real a feast for the senses. Now, if only a postprandial foot massage could be worked into the mix!

View out to the Andes from Bodega Ruca Malen

Small Uco Valley trout salad with Granny Smith apple and azahar crème

Paired with Yauquén Torrontés 2011. Grapes from Salta.

Grapevine leaf small rolls, sautéed tenderloin and Argentinean cereal with olive oil infusion, cinnamon and sun dried tomato. Served on a lime stone.

Paired with Yauquén Cabernet Sauvignon 2010.

Roasted beetroot and fresh ricotta malfattis with a smoky thyme cream

Paired with Ruca Malen Reserva de Bodega 2009 (40% Cabernet Sauvignon, 28% Syrah, 22% Malbec, 10% Petit Verdot). 

Grilled Beef tenderloin medallion with smoked tomatoes, anco pumpkin croquette and sputa-sliced potatoes with onion chimichurri.

Paired with Ruca Malen Malbec 2009 and with Kinien Cabernet Sauvignon 2008.

Citric fruits bavaroise with orange peels and seasonal fruits

Paired with Ruca Malen Brut (75% Pinot Noir, 25 % Chardonnay). 

Wine pairings, Bodega Ruca Malen

Practical Info: Guided visits of the Bodega Ruca Malen winery run from 10 to 11am and 3 to 4pm, Monday to Friday, and from 10 to 11 am on Saturdays. A fixed five-course lunch menu with Ruca Malen wine pairings  is available throughout the week with prior reservation at 12:30 pm or 1 pm. For more information and for reservations consult the Bodega Ruca Malen website.

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2 Comments Post a comment
  1. Kristina Frey #

    My mouth is watering right now, especially for that beetroot-ricotta-thyme-cream dish. What a divine looking meal in such a beautiful locale!

    April 18, 2012
    • Sophie #

      It was amazing. Still dreaming about it!

      April 23, 2012

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