On that stay in Buenos Aires, I'd return to our hotel, lovely Fierro in Palermo, and get up to our room where the large door windows would be wide open and a young Malbecc would be ready for the tasting. Later we'd descend to the their inimitable restaurant and proceed on a slow and languishing tasting journey until we were looking up and wondering which heaven we had entered. . .
An ebullient evening with my cousin who resides in Devoto, a distiguished suburb of Buenos Aires. Afterwards when they took us home after our late parillada at the local club, a downpour ensued unlike never seen before. We waited about an hour at a gas station which served as an island before we ventured forward towards our hotel. Malbec dreams, I suppose.
The sleuthing exploits of Judge Dee, a character based on a 7th-century Chinese official, are gripping new audiences as new generations of writers, movie directors and storytellers tell his tale and build on his legend.
Judge Dee was cracking tough cases for centuries in China before Sherlock Holmes even got a clue. But perhaps more importantly, his stories continue to inform ordinary Chinese people's understanding of justice and law.
One new Judge Dee tale just hit cinemas in Asia, in IMAX and 3-D. It's directed by veteran Hong Kong filmmaker Tsui Hark.
"The first rule of sleuthing," Dee explains in the film "is that you need a photographic memory. "The second is that you need to closely observe people's speech and facial expressions."
But unlike Holmes, Judge Dee also dabbles in the supernatural. He ventures into the spirit world in search of clues. He gleans information from dreams, and in Tsui's latest film, he battles a sea monster.
"This person is a real historical figure," Tsui said at a news briefing ahead of the film's premier in Beijing. "So we wanted to see how much we could exaggerate his persona, basing the story on the historical background, while creating a heroic figure from our mind's eye."