Costa Rica, photography, lifestyle, wine and food... not necessarily in that order!
The 'Mercado de San Miguel'
Whenever I travel, one of the things I really like to do is visit the places the locals go to eat and drink, more in line with the local stuff and away from the myriad "tourist traps" you find at any destination.
2008: Vintage of Angels
While I have to admit that I have never been a hardcore fan of the Chilean wine in general, I have always had a healthy respect for the premium range of produce from the non-industrial, premium line of wines the country has to offer. One particular producer, Montes S.A., grants us something akin to the Super Tuscans, a Super Carménère: Purple Angel, 2008 vintage.
Malbec from the Land of Dreams
In the central area of the arid, southern reaches of Argentina, there is a rare oasis: the Río Negro Valley. An ideal place for growing grapes of great concentration, given the low humidity which goes all year round (to a 30% max!) and barely 7 inches of rain a year. Sounds hard and uninviting, yet its nickname would never give that away: "Land of Dreams." That is the nickname it goes by at Bodega Noemía.