Mendoza is the grape capital of South America – and the food is just as good as the wine

(MIC – Out of Office) Visiting Mendoza, the wine capital of South America, is a sensory experience: The Andean region is pure eye candy, with hundreds of acres of vineyards tucked close to the mountains. Between a weak peso and increased international flights to Mendoza’s El Plumerillo International Airport, it’s an ideal time to visit Argentina’s glorious wine country. You’ll want […]

Colombia’s top sommelier Laura Hernández Espinosa on fermented fruit wine and a passion for pairings

(The World’s 50 Best) While a political science degree led Laura Hernández Espinosa to undertake diplomatic missions, her heart knew better and she ditched embassy life to fuse her real passions: social development and gastronomy. Since 2009, the head sommelier at Leo in Bogotá has also been executive director of FunLeo, a foundation set up by […]

10 of the best hotels near the sights in Argentina

(The Guardian) With the peso dropping 50% against the dollar, Argentina is affordable again, including characterful hotels and hostels in Mendoza, Patagonia, Buenos Aires and other hotspots. Hacienda de Molinos, Salta This 17th-century former governor’s residence is a comfortable stop-off on Ruta 40 through the Calchaquí valley in the rugged north-west. The hotel is reached […]

The grace and airs of Buenos Aires

(Turkish Airline’s inflight magazine) Where can you spend the morning browsing leather boutiques on South America’s most exclusive shopping avenue, catch a nail-biting polo match in the afternoon, and then devour a succulent rib-eye at a top steakhouse before relaxing in a stunning Belle Époque mansion? It could only be my city, Buenos Aires. Currently flying […]

Colombia’s coffee revolution

(Selector) As we survey María del Carmen Toro’s fertile coffee, banana and avocado farm, the sun has started to lower and mist is slowly gathering in the valley. “The conflict was intense here,” she recalls. “Bombs went off all the time and ‘they’d’ come here at 1am, demanding we prepare them food.” The ‘they’ to […]