Diary Entry #28 - Giant pink balloons & Urban Uco 2011 Malbec Tempranillo

The special guest of the evening is Urban Uco. It’s a 50/50 blend of malbec and tempranillo grapes. This wine is from the Uco Valley in Argentina. The Uco Valley is one of the sub-regions in the Mendoza region. In fact, I just learnt that the Uco Valley is home to some very outstanding wines and is becoming a well known region by it's own rights. It has a very distinct growing climate and is home to some of the top producers. 

The Uco sits at a higher altitude located at the base of the Andes. Because of this higher altitude, the grapes are exposed to high daytime temperatures and much cooler evening/night time temperatures. This causes the grapes to produce balanced sugars and acidity that you wouldn’t get in other regions.

The colour of this wine is a nice bright ruby cherry colour. On the nose I get blueberries, violet. I really enjoyed the palate of this wine and found it surprisingly chewy. And my chewy I mean that it's got a lot of depth and complexity to it. There are medium tannins that I can feel gripping on my gums and tongue (kind of like what happens when you drink straight black tea). The flavour of this wine lingers extremely long (you will hear wino's refer to this as the 'length' of the wine - this wine has great length!). The flavour of this wine is full of blueberries and blackberries.

When I was doing a bit of research on this wine, I found that the labels I found online were different than on the bottle I had, even though it was the same vintage. So it turns out this vintage has 2 different labels. The one that you see that I have in the video is what you will see here in BC. In the USA and perhaps other countries, you might see the other label - which I did put a picture of in my video. This other label is a picture of a girl in an art gallery looking at some paintings on the wall. Immediately this other label reminded me of one of the most cool experiences I've ever had.

About a year and a half ago, I went to this art show. I had no idea what to really expect, but it sounded like a fun event so my friend and I went. It was held at a private art gallery here in Vancouver. The first part of the exhibit was the cool part. You had to walk through a room of floor to ceiling giant pink balloons. There was no way around this, it was the only way to access the rest of the gallery. So my friend and I entered into this room with all these giant balloons and couldn't see where we were going. At one point we even lost each other because there were so many balloons. We had to make our way to a staircase that was on the other end of the room and emerge out of the balloon room that way. It was by far the coolest experience I've had in a long time and I wish there was always a room with giant pink balloons that I could walk through whenever I wanted to. I felt like a little kid again and I think that was what made it so wonderful. 

I've included a clip of this balloon experience at the very end of the wine video so you can get a bit of an idea of what it was like.

What have been some of the coolest and most memorable experiences that you have had? I would love to hear about them.  

Thanks for watching and stay tuned for another video in 2 weeks!


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