Marshall and I wanted to treat the group to a memorable celebration dinner and, wow, did Pepe set us up right! He talked to his friend, a former guide on Aconcagua, and arranged to have him host the DNA group at his property just outside of Mendoza. As we drove in through olive and peach trees we were greeted to an amazing spread of appetizers set out underneath the stars near his log home. Everyone was in awe of the hand-built adobe wine cellar, grill, and oven. The antique wagon, comfortable furniture and log chairs, pet dogs, and his family all greeted us and added to the ambiance. The long table, complete with chair covers set with – of course – wine glasses, awaited.
The table, awaiting the DNA climbers and local guides (Pepe, Weynie, and Fernando) set next to the log home of a former Aconcagua guide that hosted our celebration dinner.
The hand-built adobe wine cellar was built around/incorporated one of the still growing and producing olive trees on the property, and the stump of another tree served to store and present some of the bottles of Mendoza-area wines that were enjoyed by the group. On the left hand side, a wooden box filled with salt, is used to ripen some of the black olives grown on the property.
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