To summarize what my friend Beth already wrote...We found La Maison while researching Mendoza just a few weeks before we left for our vacation. We weren't sure what to expect since this part of our trip was the most rushed. But once I received my first email from Stephane I knew we had made the right choice. He was extremely friendly, sincere and funny! And I could tell he truly wanted to get to know us so he could give us a unique experience catered to our tastes. Did he ever! We arrived early in the morning on Thanksgiving day. It was also my friend's birthday. Knowing this he promptly drove us to different unique, beautiful, and totally mesmerizing vineyard/wineries. He knows many of the area's operators personally and because of this you don't blend in with the typical large tour groups. He is an expert in wines and will help you with any questions you have, especially when it comes to buying the best bottles for your value. We were blown away by the personal service he provided and the lunch he recommended was stunning. Stephane knows all of the best wines of the area (as I said he is an expert) but he also knows all of the best food (he was a 2-star Michelin chef in France). And because it was Thanksgiving and my friend's birthday he chose the perfect setting for our lunch. We had the best bottle of champagne to cheers the Holiday as we sat outside, overlooking sweeping grapevines, figs, walnuts, and olive trees. It was the perfect Thanksgiving meal. And that was only the first 5 hours! We had another boutique winery to visit and the highlight of our trip remaining - dinner. Since it was my friend's birthday Stephane convinced us to skip dinner at Francis Mallman's and have him cook a special dinner for us instead. Why not? We popped more champagne and sipped Alta Vista Alto 2007 (highly recommended if you don't mind nearly $100 bottle) as plate after plate of amazing gastronomic affair cleared our table. The food was specially catered to the three of us (best Salmon I've ever had) and we enjoyed a private dinner (from a private michelin chef) for the perfect birthday ending. And I forgot one thing! Since it was my friend's birthday I emailed Stephane if he could grab a gift basket with local items to surprise my friend when we arrived. He and his wife went above and beyond! The basket was beautiful and full of wine, chocolate, a picture frame, flowers, etc. So special! I can't believe they went to the trouble to find those items for us. That somehow topped all of the other amazing things listed above. The rooms are excellent, the house is beautiful (with great sunset views on the rooftop) and the owners are awesome. I couldn't ask for anything better. All of this cost a fraction of the price one pays in California! Very, very affordable and well worth more than the small amount of money you will pay. Stephane and Elisabet are amazing people and I highly recommend them! Salud!
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That is a nice review !!! Thank you so much. I enjoyed spend this time with you, share some nice sparkling wine, and was very proud to cook for you...
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