Chilean Wine Appellations 101

August 29, 2013

We have been talking about Chile’s amazing wine diversity for a while now so I thought it was high time to do a short but sweet blog post outlining the major valleys in the Central Valley of Chile. The wine-growing region in Chile extends over 1,000 kilometers from the 30th to 38th latitudes. While certainly […]

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Racy Corn Soup with Ginger & Basil

May 24, 2013

We are officially in soup season. While the afternoons here in Santiago still reach the mid-60s, the mornings and nights are frigid and have taken a dip into the 30s-40s. I have put to good use my favorite new hat, a chullo, made from alpaca from Taquile Island in Lake Titicaca. I recently kicked off […]

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Three New (Awesome) Chilean White Wines

December 3, 2012

Chile is really carving a niche out for itself with its white wines. Every year, they just get better and better with Sauvignon Blanc blazing the path. Long gone is the style of the over-oaked, caramel-laden Chardonnay. That is so California. So 1990s. Chilean winemakers are seeking out new parcels close to the sea or […]

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Chilean Papayas & Sea Bass, Featuring a delicious Chardonnay

June 6, 2011

[vimeo] Today’s video uses indigenous Chilean ingredients now being exported to the US.  Chilean papayas are known as “carica candamarcensis,” or Mountain papayas, and have no resemblance to their tropical cousins. Similar in shape to a starfruit with a thin, yellow skin, these papayas are grown in the Northern arid areas near La Serena […]

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My Top Ten Chilean Chardonnays

June 16, 2009

I won’t lie. There was a time when I disliked Chardonnay. In fact, I belonged to that club, you know the one: ABC. Anything But Chardonnay. The mere thought of it conjured up notions of caramel-laden, barrel bombs with little acidity. Or pineapple sorbet slathered with burnt vanilla bean. Not appealing to my palate at […]

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