Cuba

If you’re planning a Fly Fishing trip to Cuba, an island full of majestic yet voracious Tarpon, you may want to learn a little more about the history of this Caribbean paradise!

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Cuba was first discovered by Christopher Columbus on October 27th, 1492. For a man who had seen countless tropical islands, he was extremely impressed with Cuba and said ¨it is the most beautiful land human eyes have ever seen¨. After its discovery, the island was quickly colonized by the Spaniards, at the expense of the local aboriginal population, and by the sixteen hundreds, the first seven settlements: Baracoa, Bayamo, Trinidad, Sancti Spiritus, Puerto Principe and San Cristobal de la Habana had been founded.
By the nineteenth century, the Cuban population had become so distanced from their cousins in Spain that a movement began for independence from Europe.
The first war of independence began on October 1868 and was led by Carlos Manuel de Cespedes, ¨the father of the country¨. After ten years of fighting, the struggle ended in defeat.

The second attempt started on February 24th, 1895, and was led this time by Jose Marti who is considered the national hero of the country. He founded the Cuban Revolutionary Party and by 1898 victory was within sight. However, the US Government intervened, declared war on Spain, and after Spain was defeated kept the Cubans from attaining power.

The Republic was declared on May 20th, 1902, and was followed by a long period of economic and political dominance by the US that lasted until January 1st, 1959, when the Revolution finally triumphed. This was after several years of fighting in Sierra Maestra Mountains near Santiago and an underground struggle in the cities that finally toppled the Batista government on New Year’s Eve.

Fly Fishing in paradise!

Fly Fishing in paradise!

Now that you know a bit more… Don’t you wanna go? For more information about our tailor made Fly Fishing trips, please visit our website www.pointerflyfishing.com 

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Empanadas

If you come to Argentina for a fishing trip, you will not only enjoy the amazing experience, but also you will try all different kinds of Argentinian food!

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Yumm…

An “empanada” is a stuffed bread or pastry baked or fried in many countries as in Argentina.

“Empanadas” are made by folding dough or bread around stuffing, which usually consists of a variety of meat, cheese, vegetables, among others.

Argentine empanadas are often served at parties as a starter or main course, or in festivals. Shops specialize in freshly made empanadas, with many flavors and fillings.

The dough is usually of wheat flour and beef drippings with fillings differing from province to province; in some, it is mainly chicken; in others, beef (cubed or ground depending on the region) is used, perhaps spiced with cumin and paprika; others include onion, boiled egg, olives, or raisins. Empanadas can be baked (Salta-style) or fried (Tucuman-style). They may also contain ham, fish, humita (sweetcorn with white sauce) or spinach; a fruit filling is used to create a dessert empanada. Empanadas of the interior regions can be spiced with peppers.

In larger cities, empanadas are more commonly eaten as take-away food, sourced from restaurants specializing in this dish. They usually carry dozens of different varieties, which is not the case in northern provinces, where “empanadas” are usually made at home, with more traditional recipes.

Also popular are the so-called “arabian” empanadas, filled with beef, tomatoes, onion, and lemon juice.

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A Perfect Wine

LUIGI BOSCA – Malbec Reserve

Luigi Bosca Malbec is an intense purple colour wine, with distinct aromas of ripe red fruits, spices and black pepper. The intensity of the entry in the mouth is complemented with the softness and sweetness of tannins, respecting the characteristics of the grape variety in Argentina. A pure, full-bodied, well-structured red wine with character and all the juiciness typical of this variety. A long lingering and elegant finish.

Delicious!

Delicious!

“La Brigada Grill”

This is one of the best grills in Buenos Aires. It’s directed by Hugo Chavarrieta  who is considered one of the best “parrilleros” in the country, one of the greatest honors an Argentinean can hold. He has run this restaurant with his family for more than 20 years.

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Upon arrival, the order of each guest is taken along with their preferred beef temperature, although the host recommends having it rare. The beef cuts are brought to the table as soon as they are ready; nothing is prepared in advance and the beef comes seasoned with salt. Then, each guest can season their dish with chimichurri, if they like it, but ideally, before doing it, they should try the meat and savor it in its pure state, so they can see what people mean when they talk about great Argentine beef.

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So… What are you waiting for? Come to Argentina for some fly fishing action and we can arrange a night in Buenos Aires and go to this amazing restaurant.

“Chimichurri”

After a perfect day of fishing with friends, there’s nothing better than an exquisite meal at the field.

Our chef is the best in preparing our famous “chimichurri”.

Yummy!

Yummy!

It’s a condiment originally from Argentina. It’s mainly used in towns and rural areas since it enhances the flavor of bushmeat  like doves, pigeons, deer, ducks, etc.

Chimichurri is made from finely chopped parsley (an alternative version uses coriander), minced garlic, olive oil, paprika, salt and white or red wine vinegar.

Argentinian Barbecue

Argentinian Barbecue

With no exception , all our guests want to try this sauce. They try it with the barbecue or with delicious homemade bread that we have at the table at lunch. 90% of our clients eat the meat with a lot of “chimichurri” and half of them ask for the recipe!

Whoever wants to take home some chimichurri, we give you one that is dissected as a gift. You can prepare it at home with oil, water and salt.

Come to check our famous chimichurri and enjoy the best flyfishing options!

Don David Reserve Malbec

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Cold mornings and nights, and long hot days result in wines that are highly concentrated in color, aromas and flavors with a unique fruity character.

The winemaker goal is to produce elegant and complex wines in the range. 70% of the wines is aged in small barrels of both American and French oak for 12 months. 100% of the wine goes through malolactic fermentation spontaneously.

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Talking about this specific wine:

-Colour: vivacious red with violet sparkles. A noble tear indicates its firm structure.

-Aroma: plum jam and raisin combined with pipe tobacco, vanilla and toasted notes dominate the aromas.

-Taste: very well balanced with sweet and soft tannins. Fruity full of plumbs and chocolate notes. Pleasant finish.

So, what do you think about this wine? Have you ever tried it? I must say that I did and is really good. Specially combined with a good barbecue!

Algodon Mansion Hotel

The Mansion.

The Mansion.

Algodon Mansion is a luxury boutique hotel nestled in the heart of Buenos Aires’ most elegant residential neighborhood, Recoleta. Their luxury suites are exceptionally spacious and offer superior comforts in amenities.

THE SUITES

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One of the luxurious rooms.

Algodon Mansion’s spacious suites have been designed to meet the highest quality standards for service, technology, comfort, and sophisticated aesthetic appeal. Many of their larger suites include additional comforts such as separate living areas, cozy fireplaces and elegant wine-themed wet bars.

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RESTAURANT AND BAR

Algodon Club & Wine Bar is a favorite destination for neighborhood locals and international crowds alike. Their unique wine list exemplifies the Argentinean wine portfolio, with emphasis on the premium and icon vintages of our their private collection from Algodon Wine Estates in Mendoza.

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LE SPA

Enlighten your spirit and enliven your soul at their Buenos Aires spa in Recoleta. Le Spa features steam, sauna, and massage rooms where guests will be pampered with treatment options from an extensive menu. We strongly recommend you to make a reservation!

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ROOFTOP POOL

The rooftop’s open-air lounge invites afternoon tanning in the summer sun or twilight soirées on a warm moonlit Recoleta evening. Hidden away on the rooftop of our Buenos Aires mansion, their sky bar offers an enticing menu of drinks from around the world.

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Relax time!

Well, if you are thinking of coming to Argentina for some flyfishing, don’t miss the opportunity to stay in this wonderful hotel.

More info at http://www.algodonmansion.com

Michel Rolland

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Michel Rolland, 66 years old.

Michel Rolland is an influential Bordeaux-based oenologist, with hundreds of clients across 13 countries and influencing wine style around the world. He works with serious producers in just about every major wine-making region on the globe, including Argentina.

In 1988, Dany and Michel Rolland were asked to be consultants to one of the oldest families in the valley of Calchaqui. There they discovered Cafayate, a true paradise for viticulture in the north-west of Argentina and they fell in love with the country, its culture, traditions and its people.

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Calchaqui Valley.

These French wine consultants were convinced that unique, outstanding wines could be produced in this mountain region of the Andes foothills. Dany and Michel decided to put all their passion and savoir-faire to work with their Argentinean friends to produce the wine called Yacochuya.
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Yacochuya is a 100% Malbec wine that is aged 18 to 24 months in new French oak barrels.

-Color: deep garnet-red

-Nose: meaty, toasted oak, leather with hints of dried currant

-Palate: well crafted, great balance in the aromatic array which unwinds harmoniously right up to the finish, then the tannis appear before giving way to liquorice aromas that linger on a refreshing finish.

Have you try this wine before? I suggest you to pair Yacochuya with roasted lamb, or pasta with mushroom sausage.

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Clos de los Siete – Michel Rolland

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“Clos de los Siete” is a wine project conceived in 1998 by renown French winemakers Michel Rolland and Jean-Michel Arcaute. The idea was to produce a wine in the then largely untapped landscape of Tunuyan valley, south of Mendoza, Argentina. The name derives from the original seven wine industry investors who were first attached to the project. Their mission was to make wines in Argentina that rival some of the best in the world, without the use of fertilizers, pesticides and with traditional, time-tested methods. Since then, a collective of wine-making estates bearing the “Clos de los Siete” name have emerged and gained prominence.

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Opaque purple-colored, the wine coats the glass while offering up a superb bouquet of toasty oak, violets, mineral, black currant, blueberry, and black cherry. This is followed by a layered wine with gobs of ripe fruit, a plush texture, outstanding balance.

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As to foodpairing,we recommend to try this exquisite wine with roasted beef, lamb or barbecue.  Another possibility is spicy food and hard cheese.

Have you try this wine before? I did, and I must say it is perfect for a typical Argentine barbecue or “asado”. This is one of the most requested wines at our lodges!

You should be the next one!

POINTER FLYFISHING

The Benefits of Flying on a Private Jet

Considering Private Charter?

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Today I bring you one more fact proving that Pointer Fly Fishing is your best option for your fishing trip.

Over the years we’ve learned that some of our clients want a more luxurious and special stay; so, to fulfill their wishes we offer private jets for a fancy and private first class flight.

A Guide for First-time Flyers:

Over the years, the popularity of private air charter services has soared.  And once you’ve experienced a private charter flight, you’ll understand why!  While there are many reasons for the growing interest in charter air services, common motivations for flying private charter include the greater convenience, comfort, privacy — and productivity — that private charter flights provide, above and beyond what is provided by first- and business-class seats offered by commercial airlines.

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Indeed, some of the benefits for private air charter — such as schedule and productivity gains — can help to off-set the typically higher fees paid for private air charter flights.

And for luxury-seekers, of course there is nothing quite like the comfort and privacy of your own private flight!

We can offer you a Metroliner, a King Air 90 or a Piper Navajo.

Piper Navajo

Piper Navajo

Metroliner

Metroliner

King Air 90

King Air 90

There are many reasons to ask for this service and enjoy the benefits. Check it out:

-SAVING TIME: This is one of the most important reasons for using this service. You can get to the airport only a few minutes before your departure time, fly directly to your destination and avoid long queues waiting at the commercial airport.

-PRODUCTIVITY: Saving time provides a significantly more productive time. You and your team can take advantage of the travelling time discussing your hunting options or just catching up.

Clients and friends of Pointer Wingshooting

Clients and friends of Pointer Wingshooting

-CONVENIENCE: There are more airports that can be used for private jets (compared to commercial airports). This means that we can land closer to your lodge or final destination.

-FLEXIBILITY: Aircrafts can be available in a few hours after requested and can wait if you are delayed.

-QUALITY OF SERVICE: The private jet offers luxury facilities, lot of space, individual attention and besides, you can request (in advance) your favourite foods and drinks.

-PRIVACY: You can feel at home when travelling to your destination.

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-STRESS REDUCTION: You will be much more relaxed without long delays, transfers or lost luggage.

In-flight Entertainment, Catering and Other Amenities…

But your enjoyment doesn’t end with a comfortable flight.  These days, many private jets are equipped with DVD and CD players — and some even offer surround sound.  You’ll have a library of movies and music to choose from — or you can bring along your own.  Our flight planner will work with you to make sure you have the entertainment you desire.

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On request, catering services and a well-stocked bar can be planned ahead to meet all your in-flight dining and entertainment needs.  From healthy vegetarian meals to gourmet coffees, from in-flight snacks to warm rolls with dinner, from fresh fruit juices to premium wines and liquors, all your wishes can be fulfilled, no matter how extravagant.

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In most cases, catering is provided by top restaurants located within the vicinity of related airports – not by standard commercial airline food services – so food quality is far superior to commercial flight options.

For more information, please visit our website: www.pointerflyfishing.com or click here and complete our contact form.