Seth Resnick loves wine. So does Greg Gorman. The two of them have taught me most of what I know about wine. Through them I’ve come to appreciate wine in new ways and with a new depth of understanding. They know that if they drink wine with me, I’m going to ask a lot of questions, to learn as much from them as I can and to appreciate the wine I’m drinking with them even more.
On many of our Digital Photo Destinations workshop adventures, Seth and I share wine with our participants. On our 2013 Antarctica South Of The Circle Voyage we bought enough wine for the entire group to try a new wine at the start of each evening meal. As we embarked from Argentina, we selected only Argentinian wines, mostly reds, found at our favorite wine store in Ushuaia – Quelhue. Something that we looked forward to each night the wine started conversations, lifted spirits, and strengthened our community.
Here’s a list of the seven best wines we had during our voyage; each ranked on a scale of 1-10 (10 highest). You might enjoy them too. I use the iPhone app Wine Notes to record my impressions and usually include a picture of the person I drink the wine with along with the label in each entry as part of this journal. These are my only opinions (with input from Seth). Be mindful that I like my wines like I like my people, with character.
9.1 Malbec Achaval Ferrer / Finca Bella Vista
A truly elegant wine from old vines in volcanic soil riddled with complex flavors that are so beautifully blended they are hard to separate and keep changing from beginning to end and through its extremely long finish. It’s often appropriately referred to as a “chimera”.
8.9 Cabernet Sauvignon Luigi Bosca 2010
Big, bold, full-bodied. Beautifully balanced structure with a great beginning, middle and end, with a long finish. Red fruits, cherry dominant with hints of chocolate, coffee, and cinnamon and distinctive earth flavors.
8.8 Malbec Tapiz Black Tears 2008
Smooth full body with great mouthfeel (maybe a touch chewy) and solid structure and tannins. Big berry flavors, currant dominant. Complex layers. You can taste that it came from volcanic soil.
8.4 Tannat Quara 2009
Really big, complex, and earthy (especially on the nose). Fast, but lingers long with hints of cinnamon and tobacco. It’s unusual to find this grape on it’s own instead of blended.
8.4 Cabernet / Malbec D V Catena 2010
Red fruits (cherry, raspberry, strawberry) with a hints of mint and eucalyptus. The smoky earth flavors from ashy volcanic soil gives it rich character.
8.4 Cabernet Sauvignon Gascon / Finca Escorihuela
Gascon Reserva 2009
Elegant, rich, full, classic cabernet that doesn’t hide the earth it was grown in.
8.3 Malbec Tomero Gran Reserva 2008
A classic Malbec in every sense.
Wine is just one of the things that makes our workshops unique.
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Seth Resnick loves wine. When he and I formed Digital Photo Destinations, I knew there’d be a significant budget allocated for wine and thus I’d learn a lot more about it. I’ve learned everything I know about wine from Seth Resnick, Greg Gorman, and George Jardine, and through their appreciation of it gained a much greater appreciation for it myself.
When we arrived at Quelhue wine shop in Ushuaia for the fourth time, a big smile came across the manager / vintner Mercedes’ face. Our other visits were notable for their excess. During this visit, she pulled out a sheet of photographs of our previous visits.
Seth found many of the region’s well-known Malbecs and even more amazing Tempranillos, as well as a good reserve section of wines from the region. I like my wine like I like my people, full of character. I bought some relatively inexpensive varietals – Carmenere, Tannat, Caladoc, Bonarda, etc. Plus, my favorite scotch, Caol Isla.
Amazing adventures with fabulous friends always go better with fine spirits.
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