Apr 04 2013
CLAS, Sister Cities, and Midtown Wine hosted a wine tasting on February 7, featuring wines from Argentina and Chile. Phil Rasico (Department of Spanish and Portuguese), Pablo Piccolo of Catena Wines, and Larry Soble of Global Vineyard Importers spoke on Argentine wines and winemaking. The event was last held in 2009, the year that Mendoza, Argentina’s Mayor Víctor Fayad and Nashville Mayor Karl Dean signed an official document making Nashville and Mendoza sister cities. Mendoza is home to over 1,000 wineries and is one of Argentina’s most important wine-producing regions, accounting for more than two-thirds of the country’s production.
Midtown Wine donated wine for the event, and food was provided by Sister Cities and CLAS. The Sister Cities organization promotes peace through mutual understanding, respect, and cooperation one person and one community at a time. The group coordinates exchanges for high school and college students between Nashville and Mendoza; students from Belmont University traveled to study and work with business school students at the Universidad Nacional de Cuyo in 2012.