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Simply defined, synergy means that the whole is greater than the individual parts. Enjoy a week-long tour of Argentina and experience our signature wine, Malbec, and Milonga - Tango’s most rustic expression. Your 7-day getaway includes Buenos Aires city tour with Tango lessons and an extended excursion to taste the wines of Mendoza region. A magnificent custom-tailored tour with our 1st Class touch to enhance your travel experience.
Available through September 30, 2009.
Milonga is a party, an event, a song, a poem and a musical genre. Milonga also refers to the lounge, bar, club, restaurant, etc, where people meet with the sole purpose of dancing tango.
The word first appeared at the end of the 19th century in Buenos Aires and referred initially to a certain musical rhythm considered to be the “grandfather of tango.” As a musical genre, milonga is believed to having been born from the fusion of the Spanish habanera and the candombe music of African origin. Like in so many other cultures, the singers would initially compete with one another improvising licentious lyrics and accompanied by simple instruments such the guitar.
Later on, new milonga instruments appeared, and the music became more complex. Tango resulted from the evolution and sophistication of the basic rhythm, namely the change from a 2/4 beat to a 4/4 beat. The tango originated from the milonga and as a result of the cultural mixture of immigrants arriving from Europe and Africa to Argentina at the end of the 19th century.
Milonguero/a refers to the person that attends milongas, a person whose life centers on tango and the philosophy of tango. When a tango dancer refers to another gentleman or lady dancer by milongero/a means that, in the speaker’s opinion that other person signifies the essence of tango.
The Milongas take place in the evening every night of the week. They rotate the place each day and there are some available to the public and some others that secretly post the location to a few and keep the club just to the milongueros.
The winemaking process involves many stages and countless variations that affect the finished product in significant ways. Grapes are grown in different ways, in different soils with different humidity before the process has even started. All of this adds up to a spectacularly complex equation.
When selecting a travel destination around great wine, ease your search by relying on a small set of simple relationships: special synergies in which a grape and a particular place work together to make something magically delicious: and one name should come to place: Mendoza’s Malbec! The clearest example of this phenomenon and synergy between the Malbec grape and the Mendoza region.
Interestingly, Malbec's origins lie in France, where the grape has been in conspicuous decline for more than a century. There however, it was sensitive to an array of maladies that affect grapes, including colure, frost damage, downy mildew and bunch rot. It was taken to South America in the early 19th century and found its true home in the front range of the Andes above Mendoza, where the grape ascended from good to truly great, making Malbec Argentina's best wine.
The combination of pure air, warm daytime temperatures and intense sunlight help with ripening, but thanks to the cool nights of the high-altitude setting, Malbec grapes retain sufficient acidity to remain balanced rather than jammy or raisiny in their ripeness.
The wines are big, robust, pure and deeply flavored, yet rounded and luxurious in texture. Their softness permits early enjoyment, but they also age well. Similarly, the wines are sufficiently rich, its fruit is as robust and dark and has firm tannins that help it pair beautifully with steak and most red meat dishes.