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Operation Chile – Day one “The Afternoon”

Grand Vinos De San Pedro
Located at the foot hill of the Andes, the landscape was breath taking, weather was chili and the hospitality was warm!
Here are the picture from the tasting, tour and awesome dinner.  The wine maker here also spoke with passion about Terror, representing the land and taking care of the varietals.

Try the Altair when you can, the wines here were great, the Altair. . .  Fantastic!

Thyme to hit some Vineyards!

 

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Operation Chile – Day One in the Chilean Wine Adventure

Having never been to South America I was looking forward to arriving in Chile very enthusiastically. Having long been a wine lover I was looking forward to arriving in Chile even more enthusiastically!

Chile is a long thin country in South America. It is about stretching 2,670 miles long but only 217 miles across.  Chile is a land of extremes. Bordered by the Andes Mountains, the Patagonian Ice Fields, and or course the Pacific Ocean cooled year round by the Humbold Current. A goliath border between the Chile and Argentina the snowcapped Andes tower above Chile shrouded in fog. Seasons change, snow and glaciers melt and as the winter passes they create rivers which travel all the way to the sea.  Some rivers still flow, others stopped hundreds or even thousands  of years ago creating fertile growing areas for a variety of grapes. Some grapes grow well in the volcanic soil of the Andes, others in the granite of the coastal areas or the alluvial soil in in between. Chilean wine makers are pushing the limits and trying to grow grapes in other non-traditional areas, working there soil, learning and focusing on the grape and the terroir.

Lunch Day one has brought us to an awesome winery in Isla De Maipo, the De Martino Winery.  Martino has a slogan, reinventing Chile.  After hearing the wine maker talk he is all about having the variety of grape speak for its self, allowing the flavor of the land and the grape shine through.  There wines were very good and really showcase where they are grown.  Truly appreciate there hospitality, wine and knowledge here at De Martino.

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A really nice first course prepared for us by the winery.  A traditional Chilean dish made with local fish and cheese.

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Local Beef and Potatoes with naturally with a red wine reduction!

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This is a  unique and a very old fashioned and traditional way to make wine.  They make two types of wine using this very natural technique.  The wine is fermented in these clay vessels called tinajas.  The tinajas are sealed with adobo.  The wine is natural and sulfate free and have a very unique flavor.  A picture of the bottle is below.  Cinsault is a traditional Chilean grape.  They also use Muscat.

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Barrels aging on a rainy day at the De Martino Winery

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Traditional oak barrels aging at the winery

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Many wine makers are going to a larger oak cask to limit the exposure to the wood.  Let the true flavors shine through.

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Table set to go!

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A job well done, by the time the afternoon was over we tasted 12 wines and have a full afternoon to go.  Not to mention the four more days of visiting wineries.  Its a tough life.  More on the rest of day, and week in posts to come soon.

Thyme for some wine

Jason

 

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A nice shout out on Starchefs!

A while back my good friend Jan Loov  and I had a chance to spend a afternoon with Antoinette Bruno and Will Blunt of Starchefs.com.   If you have not been on the website be sure to check it out, it is  a awesome resource for anyone who loves food and beverage.  To say starchefs.com is on the cutting edge of the industry is a understatement.  Guided by CEO and Editor and Chief Antoinette Bruno, Managing Editor Will Blunt and advised by a team of legendary chefs this site is a on line temple  of industry knowledge and creativity.

Yearly they host a international Chefs Congress which is a veritable magnet for the best Chefs and Beverage people in the industry.  I had a pleasure to go there twice once while I was with the French Room, when I  go to know Bruno Goussoult, and once while I was with Mandarin Oriental Las Vegas, as part of the Pierre Gagnaire camp.  I highly recommend a trip to this congress held yearly in New York City, well worth it, you will learn and absorb so much knowledge (also food and drinks).

Some years back, while at the French Room I had done a tasting for them and had some photos put on the site.  What a honor to do it again.

Jan and I were very honored to have some of our cuisine photographed by Antoinette and posted on the site.  Check it out!  Congrats Jan!

https://www.starchefs.com/cook/photos/director-food-and-beverage-jason-weaver-and-chef-jan-loov-texas-spice-omni-dallas-hotel-dalla

Thymes Change,

Jason