Miguel simply made our trip to Mendoza. By the end of our time with him my husband, Nick, and I felt like he was old friend. My only regret was that we did not stay longer. I found his information on Trip Advisor and he came highly recommended via Flyer Talk as well. He was extremely responsive via e-mail before we arrived and once we were there. We honestly felt like his services were worth way more than he charges. Our bus from Santiago got in an hour-and-a-half early and he was there within 15 minutes to pick up us and take us to the Park Hyatt Mendoza where we stayed. He recommended a top notch restaurant for us the first night (Siete Cocinas de Argentina). The only downside: it was one of the best meals of our vacation and I measured the other restaurants up against them. He promptly picked us up at 9 a.m. Saturday morning. I gave him free rein to plan our itinerary while we were there. He did not disappoint. We first visited Alta Vista where we had a lovely tour and got to pay a tad extra to sample their best wine. It was well worth it. Next, we were on to Lagarde where we had an incredibly knowledgeable guide and ran into a couple from our first tour. Each place Miguel took us he knew everyone there and it felt as if we were visiting friends. Even the drive to the wineries passed quickly as we chatted and learned about Miguel, who is a great storyteller. I forget the name of the third winery but it had fantastic olive oil and breathtaking views. Our last stop was one of the most special experiences of our lives. We headed to Chef Mun's restaurant at Casarena. It was early October and we literally had the restaurant to ourselves. We sat with breathtaking views, eating one of the best meals of our lives and having a blast chatting with Chef Mun, Carey, who runs the front of the house, and Miguel. Even when we overslept for our 6:55 a.m. flight, all our own fault, Miguel made a herculean effort to get us to the airport and took the whole thing personally when it was a mess entirely of our own making. The experience blew Napa Valley out of the water. I can't recommend Miguel enough.
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