Tannat – My New Wine

Uruguay is a little country but has some big wines being produced here.

I really like a hearty dry red wine and my first choice has always been Cabernet Sauvignon. But as I got older it started to cause stomach issues. So I gave it up and went to a nice Merlot – again, very nice but soon one glass effected my stomach.  Finally we found Shiraz and then Malbec…and as with the others one glass became an issue. So I stopped drinking red wine.  You know you just can’t give everything up just because you are getting older. For goodness sake one lousy glass of wine should not cause such a problem, but it did.

Even before we arrived in Montevideo Joe suggested I try Uruguayan Tannat. He had read many articles about this wine when he was doing his research on our making the move.  He wanted me to give it a try once we got here. Well so far so good.  It is the only red wine that I have had that does not require a long breathing process.  You open the bottle and it is ready to drink. No swirling, no waiting around for it to aerate and no special aeration spout – nothing, just open and enjoy. Don Pascual is a product of Uruguay and quite inexpensive at U$S 5.89 at the local supermarket. That is what I have tried and so far it has been a wonderful drink, very hearty but not harsh, has a wonderful fruity taste and packs a punch.  One glass is my limit.

Above is the supermarkets box Tannat. Nice especially for the low price of U$S 2.79 a liter.

We hope to take a tour through some of the vineyards in our area. There is a tour company located right in our soon to be new hometown of Atlantida. So I am excited about checking out what Uruguay has to offer.

 

Naval Museum

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A short walk from the apartment to the rambla we found the Navel Museum.  It was not open the day we walked by so I was able only to get some outside pictures.

What I like about this area is all the parks, playgrounds and open grassy areas for children and families to share. Not much is cordoned off you can bring the kids up onto some of the military equipment and let them have some fun.

Uruguay, well Montevideo in particular, seems to have a great respect for the outdoors. So many parks, so many green spaces, so many benches and playgrounds for everyone to enjoy.  The city fathers thought out the planning of the city to include many places where people can enjoy the outdoors.

Plaza Matriz, Ciudad Vieja, Montevideo

Another of our adventures took us to Plaza Matriz. You can see for yourself just how lovely this urban park is.

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montevideo-2-1-23 montevideo-2-1-10Large leafed out trees surround this beautiful central fountain with benches just waiting for weary adventurers like Joe and I.  The park surrounded by buildings on all sides, shopping and restaurants on the bottom floors and probably a mix of apartment and offices above.   montevideo-2-1-8The Cathedral faces the park on one side.montevideo-2-1-6Several vendors even had tables set up with a mix of new items and used items for sale.  One table was filled with what looked to be antique silver from flatware to tea and coffee pots.montevideo-2-1-5The city has closed some of the streets leading into the park, allowing for pedestrian traffic to roam freely.

montevideo-2-1-9And a busker was playing music for our enjoyment.  And, how great for us, it was in English.  See video below.