When we planned a day of wine tasting in Lujan our goal was to taste a lot of wine. We achieved our goal and learned the meaning of the saying, “too much of a good thing.”
Lujan is only thirty minutes from Mendoza, or ninety minutes if you get lost, end up in a traffic jam, get lost again, then end up behind a horse.
Our appointment (all wineries require appointments) with Kaiken was at 9:30. We didn’t get there until 11:00 which is just as well. 9:30 am is a bit early for wine tasting, even for us. There was already a tour scheduled, but they were super nice to let us tag along.
The first taste was straight from the tank. If I knew how much wine was coming later in the day, I would have skipped this one.
The following tastes were really good and plentiful. Kaiken has some really great wines.
I must have already been tipsy at this point because I insisted we buy two Kaiken wine glasses. I’m sure two fragile wine glasses won’t be too hard to pack in our already stuffed suitcases.
By this point it was good we had already agreed that Jeff would be the designated driver all day. Jeff was completely sober before getting in the car, all day long. The same could not be said for me as a passenger.
Next stop was Ruca Malen for a luxurious five course meal. The lunch cost $100 US for both of us. In Argentina that is a lot of money and for us on this trip it’s a lot. We debated for days prior if we should do it or not.
You would think this was a government facility instead of a winery with the amount of security they had. A security guard had to radio someone to confirm our reservations before opening the gate.
Once we got there and saw the view, we didn’t have any doubts about lunch.
12 thoughts on “Lujan Wine tasting – overdoing it in Lujan”
Sheryl & Jeff,
We loved reading your blog tonight. What a hoot! Wish we were there!
Thanks. OMG that would have been so fun if you guys had been with us. We need to do some Woodinville tasting together this summer.
Girl! You’re gonna need to flush out that poor liver of yours when you get back! What a decadent way to spend a day. Good for you!
Once we’re back in Seattle it’s healthy eating only, but for now we’re still living it up a bit. 🙂
What a great day!! Just like training for a marathon, the more you eat/drink and drink/eat, the better you get at it, so that you can eat/drink and drink/eat even more and do it even better! You guys are on the best training program in the world.
We are getting pretty good at it, I have to admit. Practice does make perfect. 🙂
that reminds me of my 7 course lunch at the French Laundry in Napa valley. What a fun day.
When we were eating we were actually wondering if this is what the 7 course meals at French Laundry are like. If so, sign me up. Yum!
we didn’t have the ice course at the french laundry. try white truffle risotto.
Yeah, somehow white truffle risotto sounds better than orange flavored cup-of-ice.
You cracked me up at how progressively drunk you got. I can’t believe the bug story. Yikes! You must have been drunk. Oh, loved the purple teeth. I’m determined to invent something so we stop embarassing ourselves or at least give ourselves away as lushes. Cheers! By the way, I just sent you and email to go see the Go Go’s. Say YES!
You would think after all those wine parties at your house I would have learned to pace myself!!! I do love the go go’s, now can’t stop singing “Vacation.”