El Arte de Desenchufar

Desenchufar in Spanish, literally, means to unplug. A cell phone, a TV, our brain, or the art of disconnecting, for a little while, from life. In the past months, we had been running around like mad men busy with work, baby, and life so we decided it was high time for an escape to the dune-lined beaches of Uruguay. In actuality, besides the beaches, we were really craving Uruguay’s low-frequency...

Carmen Wines Celebrates the 20th Anniversary of the Rediscovery of Carmenère in Carmen’s Estate Vineyard

ST. HELENA, California (November 5, 2014) – Carmen, Chile’s oldest winery, is celebrating the 20th anniversary of the rediscovery of Carmenère, a varietal that has come to exemplify Chile’s proud wine heritage.  Thought to be extinct, the treasured grape was rediscovered on November 24, 1994 in one of Carmen’s estate vineyards.  The rediscovery of Carmenère has helped to define Chile’s...

Chile marks 2 decades of Carmenere wine

French wine expert Jean Michel Boursiquot made a discovery in November 1994 at the Viña Carmen vineyard in Chile’s Maipo Valley that broadened the horizon for the Andean country’s wines. As he strolled along Merlot grapevines Boursiquot found and examined one of the plants and he was certain: it was Carmenere, an old and almost disappeared strain originated in the wine-producingregion...

Guia Peñin evaluated 400 Chilean wines

Last month, Guia Peñin, the most important wine guide in Spain, evaluated more than 400 Chilean wines in one week at Puro Wine W in Chile. The best wines will be part of Peñín Guide to the Best Wines from Argentina, Chile, Spain and México 2015. Every year, there are more Chilean wine producers who send their best samples to be tested by Guía Peñín. Most wineries in Chile are located in the...

Recognition for Miguel Torres Rose Wines

Miguel Torres “Santa Digna Reserva” Cabernet Sauvignon Rose, with its cherry color and notes of plum and wild strawberry, has been internationally recognized for its great value to price relationship.  The 2013 harvest received Gran Gold in Sakura Japan Women’s Wine Awards, an international feminine competition that gathered more than 1900 wine samples tasted by 240 women who...

Top 6 wine recipes for Christmas

For your holiday celebrations, it may be a great idea to try new drink recipes. They are great alternatives to coffees, ciders and teas. 1. Hot Spiced Wine: a delicious spiced hot drink made with cinnamon, cardamom and black pepper. Great for a cold evening or as a digestif after having your nice holiday meal. 2. Mulled Wine: a traditional drink in many countries. It is also called “Glögg”...

Ingredient: Harina Tostada

On my weekend market trip to La Vega, I was pushing past the crowds jammed into the tight aisles lined with dried fruits, nuts, and ridiculous amounts of junk cereals like Fruit Loops when I sensed a toasty, nutty aroma in the air. Harina Tostada. Arriving to the corner, I saw the large, green machine, responsible for toasting the wheat berries to perfection, and after, grinding them into a soft flour....

Chilean Wines for the Holidays

With New Year’s Day right around the corner, it can be a bit bewildering picking the right bottle for the right time. Help is at hand though, and Chile can be your answer for the whole festive season! A bit of Chilean Sparkle Popping the cork on a bottle of bubbly is essential! There’s nothing quite like the click of glasses and the excited flow of sparkling wine to celebrate the end of a year,...

What’s the difference between Champagne and sparkling wine?

As a French Chablis is called “Chablis” when it’s produced in the Chablis region of France, sparkling wine — named so because of its effervescence (trapped carbon dioxide) — is called Champagne when it’s produced in the Champagne region in the classic methode champenoise tradition. Like Chablis, which in France is made from the chardonnay grape, the name Champagne...

Chilean Wines awarded by the Global Sauvignon Blanc Masters

The Global Sauvignon Blanc Masters is a competition created and run by The Drinks Business, and is an extension of its successful Global Masters series for major international varieties such as Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay and Pinot Noir. With Sauvignon Blanc entries from around the world, in total nearly 150 wines were judged blind by a group of Masters of Wine and senior buyers.  Sauvignon Blanc...

Emiliana’s Organic COYAM won Gold Medal in Concours Mondial de Bruxelles – Chile 2014

Coyam 2012 was awarded with gold medal in Concours Mondial de Bruxelles – Chile 2014. This is an international competition that recognizes the quality and diversity of wine regions in Chile. In the latest version of the Concours Mondial de Bruxelles-Chile 2014 (CMBChile), held between November 17th and November 23rd 2014 in the Cachapoal Valley, more than 250 samples from all the Chilean...

A “Wine Watch” Inspired by Bottles

Bottle Watch was designed by the London-based studio Industrial Facility for Italian accessories company Nava, and features a concave glass lens that is modelled on the base of an everyday drinks bottle. Instead of a bezel, the watch has sixty raised markers moulded into the tinted glass to indicate the minutes. The watch is available is four colors, which are named after the drinks bottles that...

Soccer, Wine & Killer Pasta in Apalta

In late June, we decided to ditch the smoggy air in Santiago and head south to the clean breezes of the Colchagua Valley for one of our last (adult) weekends as a couple Little One’s due date arrived. That Saturday in Colchagua was cold but clear, typical of central Mediterranean Chile in winter. We made record time driving, only two hours, on a nearly empty road. Between the cold and Chile playing...

Apaltagua 2013 Rose Carmenere

Price: $ 12 Rating: 3 out of 5 stars Color: Pale salmon pink Nose: Green leaf, red berries, and grapefruit peel Taste: Dry, light and zesty. Sharp acidity and smooth finish. Summary: A light and tangy wine that will go great with fish – salmon salad – sushi. Product of Chile’s Central Valley. Chilean Wine

Kuyen 2011

Price: $ 40 Rating: 4 out of 5 stars Color: Dark red with violet hues Nose: Intense black fruit, smoke, cedar, and vanilla Taste: Dry, dense and rich mouth feel, ripe black fruit, nice acidity, followed by a long finish. Summary: Lots going on in the nose and mouth. Superb accompaniment to meat dishes or on its own. […] Chilean Wine

Introducing Baby Micaela

Today marks two weeks since Micaela Lauren Ramírez Caskey arrived in our lives on July 22, 2014 at 12:50pm. It’s been simultaneously the fastest and longest two weeks of my life filled with more adrenaline, love, and emotions than I have ever experienced. How do I write about something like this and a little person I have only known outside my womb for half a month? Her arrival has changed everything...

Artsy, Boutique Lima a la Carte

Artsy, Boutique Lima a la Carte via Eat Wine by Liz Caskey Culinary & Wine Experiences: On Friday night, Santiago was overtaken by a thick, cold low-hanging fog that shrouded the city. It rolled in, unnoticed, like a sly fox. As I walked to the corner to buy a few staples for Saturday’s breakfast, I shivered in my light wool sweater. The afternoon had been nearly 65F and now the damp,...

Wine During Pregnancy

Wine During Pregnancy via Eat Wine by Liz Caskey Culinary & Wine Experiences: If you drink alcohol while pregnant, people often feel free to judge you. This topic has become a very relevant theme for me now that I am 24 weeks (six months) pregnant, given that my profession revolves around travel, food, and wine in South America. The morning I found out I was expecting, while on vacation...

William Cole Albamar 2013 Chardonnay

William Cole Albamar 2013 Chardonnay via Chilean Wine: Price: $12 Rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars Color: Pale yellow Nose: Tropical and stone fruit Taste: Dry with notes of honeydew melon and citrus fruit. Good fruit flavor with zingy acidity. Summary: Tasty chardonnay with a round palate that’s a people pleaser. Product of Chile’s Casablanca Valley. For more info: William Cole...

Long Weekend in San Pedro de Atacama

Long Weekend in San Pedro de Atacama via Eat Wine by Liz Caskey Culinary & Wine Experiences: Last Friday, we left big city life behind and jetted 2 hours north into the vast, arid Atacama Desert. We touched down in the desolate mining city of Calama. After rendezvousing with our driver, we drove past a “field” of new wind turbines that will provide clean electricity for the entire city....