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Antique French Corkscrew with Mother-of-Pearl Handle, Circa 1900

Certainly not easy to use, but this antique French corkscrew is so lovely. I was visiting Veramonte in Casablanca (Chile), while on a press trip sponsored by Wines of Chile, and waiting for the winemaker when I encountered an impressive and eclectic collection of corkscrews. This beauty with the mother-of-pearl handle stood out. If you [More]

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Slide Show: Street Art and Graffiti in Valparaiso, Chile

Created with flickr slideshow.Part of the pleasure of going on a media trip, like the one I just returned from sponsored by Wines of Chile, is what you see and experience that has nothing to do with wine. Like life, wine is best appreciated when you have some context. I highly encourage you to wander [More]

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Casa Real: A Royally Aged Chilean Red Wine

How do Chilean red wines age? I must profess ignorance as the bulk of my experience revolves around wines crafted for enjoyment now, or big bruisers who need to take a long nap in the cellar. This situation, however, was recently remedied as I just tried a 1997 Santa Rita Casa Real Cabernet Sauvignon at [More]

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Your Roots Are Showing

Fascinating view of grape vine roots at Casa Silva in Chile’s Colchagua Valley. Taken while on a trip sponsored by Wines of Chile.

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Exploring Chile: Wine, Food, and Horseback Riding

Heading to Chile on a press trip sponsored by Wines of Chile. This photo is from 2009, when I was in Chile with my Mom. Apparently I will be riding a horse at some point, which is an activity I have not taken part in for 30+ years. If anyone has some advice, tips, or [More]

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Pairing Chilean Chardonnay with Salmon

I covered the Sauvignon Blancs from the Wines of Chile tasting last week, but I thought it was time to give Chardonnay its due. I enjoyed pairing Chilean Chardonnay with salmon; the richness of the fish went well with the oakiness of the three Chardonnays. While the Santa Rita and the Concha y Toro had [More]

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Sauvignon Blanc and Fish Tacos

I love Sauv Blanc with high acid, seafood-based dishes. I marinated halibut in lime juice and chile powder, pan-seared it, and served it with a jicama, cabbage, and radish slaw. I can’t say enough about Chilean Sauv Blanc; I had the Aresti. Other ones to look for are Viu Manent Secreto and Veramonte. I really [More]

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Chilean Sauvignon Blanc

PulpoOriginally uploaded by jamesonf I drank gallons of tasty, refreshing, non-green beany (like New Zealand SB) Sauvignon Blanc in Chile and it was a true delight. I’m ready to crown Chile as the home of the best Sauv Blanc for the money. It’s also fantastic with the local seafood, like this amazing braised octopus.

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