Looking out my window on a cloudy, gloomy evening, I cheered myself up by reaching for a glass of Malbec. This rich, deep-colored wine from Argentina has the flavors of blackberry, plum, black cherry, and chocolate. Although Malbec grapes are difficult to grow in many areas, the grapes thrive in Argentina’s famous wine-growing Mendoza region, where the climate and soil are hospitable.

Wine’s not the only thing that’s hospitable about Mendoza where the Argentinian locals are warm and welcoming.  At the Casa de Uco Vineyards & Wine Resort you can experience sommelier-guided tastings and personal-chef barbecues, where your food will be freshly grilled and served on a cutting board, At The Vines Resort & Spa you can create your very own wine with a “personalized” label to take home with you.  If you prefer something more active than food, wine, and relaxation, the mountain landscape and vineyards provide a beautiful backdrop for hiking, biking, and horseback riding. Note: Mendoza is only a 90-minute flight from Buenos Aires. Cheers to a great trip!