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Virtual Vines

I bottled my first wine today, a lush carmenere from Chile’s Casablanca Valley. Well, virtually, anyway. My vineyard adventure was part of a fun new Facebook game from Wines of Chile called Terroir Hunting. You log on, plant your grapes, harvest, ferment, age and sell them. Just like the real deal. Except the real deal…

Carignan makes a comeback

Green, rough, bitter—for a hard-working grape, carignan shoulders an awful lot of insults. And it’s true the prolific variety, traditionally used in reds from France’s Languedoc region, has produced a lot of undistinguished wine. But lately, carignan has been coming in for artisanal treatment, notably at the hands of winemakers in Chile who are keeping…

Ten Things to Know Before You go to Chile

Ten things to know before you go to Chile 1. Passport. Here’s the link to the U.S. government page. 2. As always, pack as lightly as possible. If you can get everything into a carry-on and shoulder bag, do. Think black knit and roll everything up, stuffing underwear into shoes and then putting shoes in a bag…

Wine at the bottom of the world

In ancient times, map-makers wrote “Finis Terrae,” world’s end, on the spot now known as Chile. With the Earth being flat, clearly this was where the unwary traveler would go a step too far and fall off. Luckily, nothing like that has happened to me, yet, although there have been some rather complicated turns involving…