More Stunning Hand of God Vineyards Photos!

October 23, 2009 by

Makes you want to hop a flight to Mendoza doesn’t it?




Gorgeous New Photo from the Winery

October 19, 2009 by

This breathtaking black and white shot of Hand of Gods Vineyards was taken by a recent visitor. Could Mendoza be more beautiful? We don’t think so…


Argentina Qualifies for World Cup!

October 15, 2009 by

Argentina’s 1-0 win over Uruguay on Wednesday qualified it for another World Cup. If Argentina had lost, it would have missed its first World Cup since 1970. Bravo Argentina!

New Private Label from Argentina

October 14, 2009 by

According to Sommelier India, one of our neighbors in Mendoza is launching his own private label. Read below about Mike Barrow and Costaflores Organic Vineyard’s new endeavor:

FineWinesnMore launches Private label from Argentina

Mike Barrow, the winemaker from the Costaflores Organic Vineyard in Mendoza Argentina, is the newest member of the FineWinesnMore wine family, reports Craig Wedge, adding, “I have never known a winemaker that doesn’t have a story to tell, yet Mike is one of those who puts a different spin on his views of the world, and fortunately for India, a uniquely different spin on his wines.”

Cradled against the “spine of the world”, the Andes range in South America, this carefully nurtured, organically certified vineyard, embraces the finest attributes of the ancient philosophy of viticultural balance and harmony.

A very special offering from this small producer has been specifically developed for the India landscape in conjunction with FineWinesnMore, its Indian wine partner. Sporting the very different moniker of MTB, Mike Tango Bravo (wherein hangs another tale), the 08 Torrontes and the 07 Malbec/ Petit Verdot blend, essentially sum up why Argentina is fast becoming the wine hotspot of the New World. Read the rest of this entry »

This Just In!! Tasting with Santiago Achaval – 9/23 Seattle

September 22, 2009 by

Don’t miss a chance to meet the the head vintner for Achaval Ferrer and Hand of God Vineyards.  Please join us at The Local Vine to taste Malbecs from the winery chosen as 2009’s Winery of the Year by Wine & Spirits.  One of the hottest wines around, they have raised the bar for Argentinian wines. The winemaker will be at The Local Vine to lead this tasting of wines from his Mendoza, Argentinian winery.

Local Vine Winemaker Tasting: Achaval Ferrer- September 23rd 5:00 – 7:00

2520 Second Avenue / Seattle, WA 98121 / 206.441.6000

Santiago Achaval is widely recognized as one of Argentina’s premier vintners under his Achaval-Ferrer label. Achaval-Ferrer boasts four of the five highest rated wines in Argentine history, as judged by Wine Spectator, and the highest rated Argentine wine to date according to Robert Parker.

In addition to the Achaval-Ferrer label, Santiago is head wine maker for the new brand, Hand of God Wines. Hand of God (Mano de Dios in Spanish), a boutique winery in the Uco Valley, Argentina. Planting was done in 2007 and fruit will be ready for harvest in 2010. Hand of God will be the only other Santiago Achaval wines available on the market. We are eagerly awaiting their first release.

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Argentina is on Fire!

September 16, 2009 by


On September 1st,  Santiago was a featured guest on the “International Market for Argentine Wine and Export Trends” conference call hosted by the Vines of Mendoza.  Other participants included Laura Catena, Tony Correia and Barbara Insel. Overall the panelists are bullish on the future of Argentine wine.  Santiago Achával said “Argentina is on fire”, a sentiment strongly reiterated by Laura Catena who says “the strength of Argentina is terroir and that Argentines continue to make really great value wines at every price point that can be comparable to American wines at $200 and $1000 wines from France”. You can listen to or download a recording of the conference call by visiting the Vine of Mendoza site.

Budget Pairings

September 8, 2009 by

Budget is a nasty little word I’ve been hearing a lot of recently.  But after reading this inspiring post, I’ve taken heart that a crunched budget doesn’t necaserally mean you have to serve dinner sans vino.  Next time my fridge looks disparigingly empty i think i’ll give their PB & honey paired with a cold glass of Viognier … proof you can enjoy your meal on any bugdet.


Dinner with Santiago Achaval

September 8, 2009 by

If you happen to be in the Menlo Park, CA area on the 25th of this month, please check out this dinner event hosted by K&L Wine Merchants.  You’ll have a chance to meet the maker, taste wines from his Achaval Ferrer brand and get a hint of what the future wines of Hand of God vineyards are shooting for.  More details here.


Interview with Jon Staenberg, Vineyard Owner

August 25, 2009 by

Jon recently sat down with the  Omaha Wine Examiner’s Kevin Lynch for a chat about wine, sports, Omaha and the good life.


Omahan Jon Staenberg Husker fan, venture capitalist and his Hand of God Winery

August 25, 9:17 AM – Omaha Wine Examiner – Kevin Lynch

There seems to be a comparatively high number of successful people from Omaha relative to the rest of the country. Without any accurate way to measure the likelihood of success residents of one city will achieve versus another, we can safely say that Omahans stand a 83.6% higher chance of achieving their goals than the residents of other cities. Proof of this is Omaha-born Jon Staenberg. After getting a start at Microsoft, Staenberg has gone on to become a partner at Rustic Canyon Partners, a venture capital firm based in Seattle. He is also founder of, Chief Stub Collector at Staenberg’s Stubs where he is amassing the world’s largest collection of sports ticket stubs. And, he is the president/founder of Hand of God Wines in Mendoza, Argentina.

Hand of God Wines (Mano de Dios in Spanish) is a boutique winery located in the Uco Valley in the shadow of the Andes Mountains. Staenberg and one of South America’s preeminent winemakers Santiago Achaval, have teamed up to produce Malbec wines. The name of the winery comes from the controversial goal Diego Maradona scored on English goalkeeper Peter Shilton in the 1986 World Cup match. The goal, scored in the first six minutes of the second half, was the result of “un poco con la cabeza de Maradona y otro poco con la mano de Dios” (A little with the head of Maradona and a little with the hand of God.)

Argentina’s Mendoza region is the ideal home for the Malbec grape. With its desert climate, rocky soil, and pure Andes mountain irrigation water this grape, largely ignored in its native France, has become an international varietal sensation.

Recently the Omaha Wine Examiner had chance to ask now Seattle resident and entrepreneur Jon Staenberg a few questions about wine, Hand of God Winery and Omaha.


Viognier Bicyclette Recipe

August 25, 2009 by


Wondering what to do with the last little bit of a nice bottle of Viognier? Check out this simple and tasty cocktail that will strech the balance.

Viognier Bicyclette

Adapted  from the  Avenue Restaurant in New York City.


2 ounces Campari
11/2 ounces Viognier wine
1 ounce chilled club soda
1 lemon wheel


1. Fill a pint glass with ice. Add all of the remaining ingredients except the lemon wheel and stir well. Strain into an cocktail shell or white wine glass and garnish with the lemon wheel.