Anuva Wines always sees a wide variety that come to enjoy the wines of Mendoza in Buenos Aires. In 2010, we saw wine tasters from over 50 countries, many coming with friends and family and many solo travelers as well. It is always a wonderful experience to watch the group dynamic evolve over the course of the tasting. While many begin the tasting quiet unsure of their opportunity to speak, after a short while, the tastings transform into a wonderful social event as well. While enjoying and learning about different wines from all over Argentina, clients tasting wine compare travel stories, personal experiences in Buenos Aires and share helpful hints on exploring the city.
More often than not, we also find people connecting by coincidentally knowing a friend or a family member of the other person from back home. After a “connecting the dots” exchange of information, it is quite common to hear “I know your brother’s wife from Portland!” or “I graduated from the same college a year after you!”. However, last weekend in our wine tasting room, I observed two family members, unknowingly tasting wine together, connecting after 30 years of separation.
We began the wine tasting with a group of 10 people and after introducing the first two wines, the conversation between the wine tastings began to pick up. This is my opportunity to step back and let the social component of the tastings develop. All of a sudden, I overheard from the table: “Ron, you are never going to believe this, do you know who I am? I am your Dad’s brother’s stepson”. The other wine tastings went silent and I observed a look of shock on the two faces of Ron and Terry. The faces of shock turned to laughter and amazement, followed by a big hug. The last time Ron and Terry has seen each other was at a family reunion in Texas over 30 years ago. Neither had recognized each other as the wine tasting began, but after a socializing exchange of names and backgrounds amongst the travelers, Ron had pieced together the match.
Just another day of tasting wine with Anuva!