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Some Serious Tasting Chile: A Post A Week

WordPress.com Post a Day challenge

Post-a-Day Typewriter respectfully borrowed from The Daily Post (WordPress.com)

I began this blog with all the very best intentions. I have reams of tasting notes and stacks of restaurant receipts and notebooks full of scribbled comments and catalogs of photos all waiting to be written up and posted, but somehow, poor Tasting Chile has taken a back seat to everything else I do, so… the time has come! Things are gonna change around here!

WordPress.com threw down its Get Serious gauntlet and I’m rising to the challenge!I hereby pledge to a minimum of a Post a Week! I’d love to do more–and hopefully I will, but just to keep it realistic… you are my witnesses… A post a week about Food, Wine & Restaurants in Chile–with an occasional stroll over to some other part of the culinary world I happen to be wandering around in.

And in case you’re wondering, yes, that’s the same typewriter image I posted on my primary blog Cachando Chile (if you haven’t seen it, pop over and take a peek–it’s dedicated to all things Chilean and tends to get far more regular sprucings).

If you’d like to know more about the WordPress.com PostADay2011 and PostAWeek2011 challenge, check out the Challenge Intro and The Daily Post.

Here we go! First post coming up soon!

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De Martino 347 Vineyards Syrah 2007

By Margaret Snook, May 1, 2009

Viña De Martino 347 Vineyards Syrah 2007

Viña De Martino 347 Vineyards Syrah 2007

Viña De Martino’s 347 line is named in honor of the winery’s work done in 347 vineyards throughout the country.

This is my favorite of all of De Martino’s 347 line. Maybe it’s because of the 70% fruit from Choapa. To date, De Martino is the only winery putting the Choapa Denomination of Origin on their labels. No wineries proper have come forward yet, but De Martino is working with some producers who are picking some amazing fruit out of there.

What this wine’s got going for it is tons of blueberry and cranberry fruit backed up by a bit of dark chocolate and deliciously smooth tannins that are kept in shape by just the right measure of acidity to keep the juices flowing and leave you eager for another glass. This is the good stuff.

Denomination of Origin: Wine of Chile 70% Choapa / 30% Cachapoal)
Alcohol: 14%
Valley: “Wine of Chile”
Price: $3500
Sold (Chile): Wine Shops (Vinoteca, El Mundo del Vino)

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The Flavor of Chile

By Margaret Snook, November 24, 2008

I’ve been thinking about this for a long time… I work in Chile’s wine industry and do write about food and wine–mostly in Spanish–but there are always things that get left over, that need to be said, and nowhere to say them…So this is the result.

This is where I will write about restaurants, food products, wines, and the people who make them: all things epicurean a la Chilena.

This blog will tie in with my other blog “Cachando Chile,” which would be “Getting Chile” in English. That blog is about cultural aspects of living in Chile and specifically in Santiago. It includes food, but is aimed at cultural reflection rather than critiques or news, which will be found here.

I’m just getting geared up, so give me a little time, and I’ll make it worth your while!

As we say here in Chile: ¡Salud!

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