Clericot in the Delta de la Plata


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Pronounced: Cla- re – co

In Buenos Aires, Argentina this is the white Sangria served along the Tigre River at the Restaurante  Gato Blanco, Restaurante of the White Cat, and yes there is a white cat that made it’s bed under my chair while we sat to eat lunch.  Clericot is not on the menu, but ordered by the locals to enjoy in the warm sun with great friends!   Gato Blanco has a grill large enough to feed a small army, and staff that are ready to serve.  A beautiful setting for our lunch on the Rio!

 Gato Blanco Restaurante =>


Lunch was a never-ending service of  traditional sausage, blood sausage, beef ribs, goat ribs and finally chicken.  And for those of us that like vegetables there was a serving of Lechuga (lettuce) and tomatoes.  A few of the boys considered french fries as vegetables but as for me I was happy to get some greens!  Our meal was paired perfectly with Elsa Cabernet Sauvignon and Elsa Chardonnay.

But as we ended our meal with Crepes dulce de leche I noticed some locals enjoying what we would call White Sangria.  I decided to make friends and was invited to share some of their Clerico!  Delicious!  I quickly ordered 2 pitchers for our table to enjoy.  The recipe for Clerico is quite simple:  Fill Bottom 1/3 of pitcher with Sliced Banana’s, Strawberries, Kiwis, honeydew Melon,  and Oranges.  Add 1/3 more of ice.  Pour Bottle of New Age White Wine and let Sit for 15 minutes to integrate flavors. Pour and Enjoy!  Don’t forget a toast and make sure you tap everyone’s glass! 

The Delta de la Plata is an amazing community of river bungalows that stretches across the islands and 5,000 waterways that make up an amazing 2100 km2 of Delta area.  It starts to split into several arms near the city of Diamoante, Province of Entre Rios and ends up flowing into the River de la Plata.  The main waterways that stretch through the Delta area are the Parana Guazu, Parana Mini, and Parana de las Palmas.   We toured the Tigre on the Sturla

Just 32 minutes from the heart of Buenos Aires there are approximately 3,000 residents living among the delta area.  Many of which just use their bungalow for holidays and weekends away from the city.  A quick escape also by others that choose to rent a home or just travel in for the day and enjoy the many restaurants.  The islands are also bustling with businesses that supply the cellulose paper and plywood industries.  

As we traveled among the waterways on our tour boat we were amazed at the beautiful trees, flowers and plants growing both in and out of the water.  It seemed so amazing after touring the tall concrete towers of Buenos Aires that the Delta flourished so much.  Our guide, Monica,  explained that this is where several of the wealthy inhabitants of Buenos Aires would come to spend their holidays and weekends, escaping the large city.  Only accessible by boat, all of their supplies are brought in through boat services. 

among the treasures of the Delta is the Museo Sarmiento.  In 1858, Domingo Faustino Sarmiento inspected the area while fulfilling his role as chief of the Department of Schools, the area was sparsely populated. Sarmiento fell in love with the delta and constructed the first of the typical wooden houses now seen throughout the delta, it is now encased in glass to protect it from the elements.  Sarmiento encouraging residents of Buenos Aires to purchase land and construct homes in the delta.    



Many aristocrats of Buenos Aires would even purchase entire islands.  And many constructed
 beautiful club houses on the riverfront to include sports and entertainment.  The Buenos Aires
Rowing Club, Club de Regatas La Marina, and Tigre Club – have entertainment and rowing competitions. 

A very unique part of the world I was lucky to visit.  I highly recommend visiting Argentina and not missing the Tigre of  the Delta de la Plata.


Chilean’s Wine Industry – A letter from Rene Merino – President Vinos de Chile A.G.


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(Courtesy of Vinos de Chile A.G.)

Santiago, March 3, 2010. In addition to emphasizing the overall strength of the Chilean wine industry’s material infrastructure and the fortitude of its people, Vinos de Chile, the association of Chilean wineries, has been able to verify the effects produced by the recent earthquake and its impact on the wine industry. We wish to express our deepest condolences for the suffering of many employees and their families who have been affected both personally and materially, although we are happy to report that we have no information about the loss of lives among our workers. The wine industry has been affected, but after several days of working to assess its impact, we have determined that the damage is, in fact, limited. We have been able to quantify the total loss of wine at approximately 125 million liters, including bulk, bottled, and aging wine. This figure is the equivalent of US$ 250 million, which represents a loss of just 12.5% when compared with the 2009 vintage of 1.01 billion liters. We are therefore certain that dispatches and compliance with commercial obligations will return to normal within a very short period of time and without major difficulties. The damage to infrastructure varies among the different wineries and has not, as yet, been fully measured. The wine grape vineyards have not been affected, and we are waiting for electricity to be restored in order to determine the extent of damage to irrigation systems. Routine work has been reestablished—or will be shortly. Bottling lines are in generally good working condition, as are the cellars, which have already being repaired. The harvest has begun, and volumes should not be affected by the earthquake. In fact, the first containers have already been dispatched, although the speed of transportation will depend upon the general functioning of the country’s overall infrastructure, such as highways and ports. The wineries are also focusing their efforts on attending to the morale and material needs of their employees. The wine industry will maintain the necessary contact with the authorities in order to ensure that the highways, ports, and basic services are restored to full working order as quickly as possible, and also to strengthen their support of the industry’s promotional efforts abroad and the development of the country’s image. We would like to thank the many and sincere outpouring of concern, and support that all of the wineries and the industry in general have received from the international community since the earthquake. We hope to continue to count on their solidarity and especially the understanding of our importers and distributors for unexpected delays which, in many cases, are beyond the control of the industry, and which the circumstances of the earthquake can bring. Our primary message is that we are working arduously to reestablish normality in the wine industry and to continue delivering the best of Chile to the rest of the world through our wines.

René Merino President Vinos de Chile A.G.

Taste of Hope Charity Event


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Taste of Hope – Benefiting City of Hope!

Biltmore Fashion Park
2502 E. Camelback Road Phoenix, AZ, 85018

PHONE:               602-340-0342         602-340-0342

February 18, 2010          Thursday, 7:00 PM – 10:00 PM


PRICE: $65 – $100 : $100 per couple, $80 per person at the door, $65 in advance per person

Enjoy wine and food samples from local eateries on the center lawn of Biltmore Fashion Park. Celebrate the medical research success City of Hope has accomplished with studies on cancer, diabetes and HIV/AIDS, as well as educational programs. Featured restaurants include Arizona Biltmore, BLT Steak, Christopher’s, CPK, Mabel’s, Nine 05, POSH, The Wrigley Mansion, Sam’s Café, SKYE, Steamers, True Food Kitchen and Zinc Bistro. Reservations are required and can be made online.

Quintessential will be there pouring wines – Stop in for a fabulous time – and a little bird told me the password for discount tickets at the door is “Hope”