Surprisingly, we woke rested and were able to do both of the wine tours that we had scheduled in advance from California.
The first was Achaval Ferrer, a highly rated winery in Mendoza. The wines were very good; however their wines are out of our price range so it was truly a tasting of good quality wines from Mendoza.
The second tasting was late in the afternoon at Bodega Ruca Malen. This winery was a middle level producer and the wines showed it. They had a very inexpensive drinkable wine, Yauquén, that we will look for but overall the quality of the winery and the wines was about average. We had a very nice visit and tasting and were able to buy a couple of bottles to bring home.
We returned to the hotel around 6 o’clock. We were exhausted and didn’t feel up to a big fancy meal especially after 18 nights on Crystal Symphony, so we canceled our reservation at Restaurant 1884. We’d made it months in advance as we read it was very difficult to get in but the thought of another long elaborate meal just didn’t appeal to us.
We decided to eat at a very local spot. El Palenque, a local tavern, turned out to be a very special spot. So good, in fact, that we went back the next night.
As a bonus, there was a wonderful ice cream spot where we indulged in a Double Dulce de Leche cone.