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Polkura Winery: A Worthy Gamble

Polkura Winery: A Worthy Gamble


Posted on Jan 1, 2020

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Sven Bruchfeld

We first encountered Polkura when Sven Bruchfeld, the winery’s founder, joined us and our group of wine travelers for lunch while we toured the wineries of Chile and Argentina. This particular lunch was the kick-off for our tour, and what a kick-off it was. On the edge of downtown Santiago is the incredible restaurant called Pinpilinpausha. Pinpilinpausha is the Basque word for butterfly. The restaurant was started in 1940 by the Sanz-Raab family of Spain. Their goal was to bring the style and flavours of Basque cooking to South America. For almost 80 years it has been one of Santiago’s, and in fact, one of Chile’s, top restaurants.

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Viña Viu Manent: Surprise, Surprise

Viña Viu Manent: Surprise, Surprise


Posted on Dec 18, 2019

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Malbec at Viu Manent.

Our first trip to Chile and Argentina was full of surprises. It’s no surprise to us that good quality wines are being produced in both countries that are terrific value. What was surprising is just how many wines are being made in both countries that are of excellent quality. Not surprisingly, we found some outstanding Malbec in Argentina. But to our great surprise Viu Manent in Chile is making its name with Malbec, a variety almost exclusively associated with its South American neighbor.

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Examples of Tête de Cuvée

This series of articles will focus on the top wines from a number of Champagne Houses. In Champagne these top wines are referred to as that house’s “Tête de Cuvée”. The Tête de Cuvée will be made from a strict selection of the best barrels from the best vineyard parcels. The Tête de Cuvée is very limited in production, but it is very important to the Champagne house as it represents the best of the best, the crowning achievement that defines what the house is capable of.

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The cellar at Cheval des Andes.

When the world’s leading luxury brand owner (LVMH) takes two of their top winery brands (Cheval Blanc and Terrazas de Los Andes) and backs them to create a new winery under the aegis of one of the world’s greatest living winemakers (Pierre Lurton of Cheval Blanc and Chateau d’Yqem), you know it is going to be something amazing. What you may not have guessed is just how amazing the wines from their project (Cheval des Andes) are.

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The wine lineup at Kingston.

In a country known for large production wineries, Chile’s Kingston Family Vineyards is a small producer proving that a focus on quality over quantity can always set you apart.

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Food & Wine Studio by Pilar Rodriguez

Food & Wine Studio by Pilar Rodriguez


Posted on Nov 20, 2019

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Food & Wine Studio by Pilar Rodriguez

We arrived at Food & Wine Studio by Pilar Rodriguez to a warm greeting before promptly being directed back to our van. “First things first,” says Pilar, “We need to go to the farm to get some ingredients.” And so begins our cooking class with the charming Chilean celebrity chef.

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