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[image: Vinos de Chile]

Chile’s Gala de Vinos 2013 November 29 and 30

[image: Vinos de Chile]

[image: Vinos de Chile]

Last year marked the 20th anniversary of Chile’s annual Gala de Vinos event, but that doesn’t mean that this year’s event will be any less spetacular.  With more than 30 different wineries, gourmet products, and a handful of restaurants on hand, the annual event promises to be as lively and delicious as ever.  On November 29 and 30, Santiago’s Casas de lo Matta will be full of some of the best wines that Chile has to offer, including selections from Miguel Torres,  Concha y Toro, Montes, and many more.  Sponsored by Wines of Chile, Chile’s international wine promotion board, you can rest assured that this will be the best year-end wine event in the entire country.  And you’ll probably leave with a proper buzz.

Entry to the event is $12.000 CLP, which will get you a tasting glass and access to all of the wineries on hand.  The gourmet products, with selections from La Preferida, Twinnings, Fuchs, INACAP and more are included in the price.  The restaurants on hand will have their own prices for food.  The event will take place each night from 8 pm to midnight.  Casas de la Matta is located at Av Pdte Kennedy 9350, Vitacura.  Salud!

[image: El Comercio]

Pisco Is Officially Peruvian As Declared By The European Commission

[image: El Comercio]

[image: El Comercio]

As a disclaimer to this post we would simply like to come out and say, don’t shoot the messenger.  Peru’s El Comercio reported yesterday that after a fairly lengthy process, the European Commission has officially come out and declared that Pisco, both the city and the drink, have a national origin that is entirely Peruvian.  What this means for Peru and its fermented grape beverage is that, on an international level, it will now lay sole claim to the drink’s origins.  Basically like a D.O. for wines and wine regions, there can no longer be a dispute as to whether or not Pisco is Peruvian.

So what about Chile, the other country that produces the beverage on a high-end, world class level?  Well, they can still use the term, the name pisco, but only in reference to the beverage itself, as a spirit.  This all basically comes at a point when national identity in South America is developing through cuisine, spirits, wine, and so on.  Chile is already embedded in the process of creating their own ‘Sello de Orígen’ products, a term, like a D.O., that basically gives Chile claim to products that only grow in, or originate within their borders.  Peru is calling them ‘Productos de Bandera,’ though it basically means the same thing.

Is this going to affect you drinking pisco?  No.  At least not here in South America.  Chile’s not going to slow their production, and neither will Peru.  It means higher quality standards and more name recognition for international buyers.  So go pour yourself a pisco sour.  Peru will thank you for it.  [via El Comercio]

[image: Florería Atlántico]

Buenos Aires’ Florería Atlántico Gets Lat Am’s Best On 50 Best Bars List

[image: Florería Atlántico]

[image: Florería Atlántico]

Yesterday in London, the list of the world’s 50 Best Bars was revealed.  Including bars from London to New York, Melbourne to Frankfurt, and even Moscow, the awards will undoubtedly mean great things for those names on the list.  For the Latin America / Caribbean region, there were only two bars chosen, Florería Atlántico in Buenos Aires and La Capilla in Mexico, leaving the former as the regional winner.  Known not just for its delicious cocktails but its eclectic food as well, the port city speakeasy is a favorite amongst Porteños and travelers in the know as well.  They also hold an occasional DJ night, giving the bar even more atmosphere than it already has.

About Florería Atlántico, the 50 Best Bars awards had this to say:

Everything about the place has been carefully considered and nods to its environment and heritage, but around it are sparks of modern design and a healthy dose of contemporary thought in the drinks menu. Consequently, this was a unanimous winner in the vote for best Latin bar.

Amen.  [via The World’s 50 Best Bars]

[image: Planeta Joy]

Sparkling Nights Buenos Aires

Love sparkling wines? Been craving a little bubbly or a just a decadent night out on the town? Well then get ready Buenos Aires, because the fifth edition of Planeta Joy’s Sparkling Nights is just around the corner. From the same magazine that brings you the monthly Buenos Aires market comes three nights of more than 25 different bodegas from all over Argentina.

[image: Fiesta de la Naciones]

Gourmet Festivals This Weekend In Chile

[image: Fiesta de la Naciones]

[image: Fiesta de la Naciones]

Just in case you’re in Chile, need an excuse to get out of the house, drink beer, and buy handmade crafts and foods, we wanted to give you a couple of options.  Spring is in full effect in Chile and the plethora of festivals that keep popping up are out to prove just that.  Whether you’re in Santiago or on the coast, Chile’s got just the festival for you.

Valpobier, www.valpobier.cl

For three days Valparaiso will be overtaken by more than 50 hand-crafted, artisan beers, live music, and food.  The event, which starts at 2 pm from October 11 to 13, will take place at the Tornamesa del Muelle Barón.  Not just for adults, the event is family-friendly and costs just $3.500 CLP to get in.  Breweries like Granizo, Mestizo, and Promaucaes will be on hand to serve up their brews, and there will be activities for the whole family.  What better way to kick off the spring than by heading to the coast?

 

Fiesta de las Naciones, www.fiestadelasnaciones.cl

At the end of October, Malloco, which sits about 30 miles west of Santiago, will be overrun by the famous Oktoberfest festival, which lasts nine days.  To get festival-goers, beer drinkers and thrill-seekers in the mood, the same organizers have put together the Fiesta de las Naciones, a three-day event full of beer, food, crafts, and much, much more.  Restaurants representing cuisine from all over the world will be on hand, and Santiago’s own Zapata Imports, amongst others, will be out slinging cold beers to help wash down all the delicious food.  Entry to the event is pro-rated to $6.000 CLP for all three days, and is just $4.000 CLP for an individual day pass, with discounts for seniors and children.  The event will run October 11 to 13, from 12:30pm to 8pm each day.  For directions, visit their map.  Salud!

[image: Loom]

Santiago’s Newest Microbrewery, Loom

By: Lauren Barragan

With winter days slowly coming to an end and the promise of consistent sunshine in Santiago’s horizon, there’s only one thing that comes to mind…a nice cold beer on a warm sunny day. Native Chileno, Jaime Ojeda, couldn’t have planned a better time to unveil his contribution to the rising beer scene that is happening in Santiago right now. Last Sunday, September 29, he and his good friend and brewing partner in crime, Charles Le May, held an event to share their hopped-up creations with friends and other local beer enthusiasts. The turn out was great, the beer even better. Held in the midst of what looks like a pretty standard industrial area in Macul, you would never know you were steps away from such a genuinely authentic group of beer lovers, so welcoming and humble in their more than capable brewing skills.

Loom, as the mini-micro brewery will be known, offered four hand-crafted beers to the public. Each one, a different style, showing off the skill these guys have, that range across the spectrum. The ‘Gringa Loca’, their American Pale Ale, was crisp, floral, and definitely a Sunday sipping beer to be enjoyed under the sun. The ‘Stinky Brunette’, seemed to play as Loca’s arch nemesis, bearing all the qualities a brown ale should, with medium body and rich caramel flavor that seemed to be the perfect chaser to the empanadas de pino being served. Third on the list was Loom’s ‘Mounstrosa IPA’ weighing in at 7.0% and true to form, showed the most promising IBU’s of Santiago’s Indian Pale Ales. And last but certainly not least, ‘Tyson Stout’, an oatmeal stout that had all the molasses and chocolaty goodness to stand in as desert on its own.

Loom, at least the idea of its’ emergence, has been in the works for about a year now. Jaime shared a little bit of his history that led him to the brewing life, which really blossomed while he lived in West Dundee, Illinois. He was a beer and spirit enthusiast wanting to learn as much as possible and found an opportunity working at a brewpub, bartending and eventually assisting in the brewing production. He shared that he and Charles are looking to bring American style beers to Santiago, making them as authentic as possible and accessible for the locals. Eventually they hope to do barrel aging and experiment with aging beer in pisco barrels, something Chile certainly has no shortage of.

For now, Jaime and Charles are still in the experimentation stages with the variety of styles they are playing around with. But if their premier was anything to go by, it seems that just about anything they touch has potential to turn gold.   Hmm….perhaps a good name for their next label….King Midas. If anyone could pull it off I am sure they could.  Loom is located in Macul, Santiago at Exequiel Fernandez 2321.

[photo: Lauren Barragan]

[photo: Lauren Barragan]

[photo: Lauren Barragan]

[photo: Lauren Barragan]

[photo: Lauren Barragan]

[photo: Lauren Barragan]

[photo: Lauren Barragan]

[photo: Lauren Barragan]

[photo: Lauren Barragan]

[photo: Lauren Barragan]

[image: Feria de Vinos]

19th Annual Feria De Vinos In Santiago, October 9 – 11

[image: Feria de Vinos]

[image: Feria de Vinos]

Wine lovers, take heed.  Next week, from October 9 to 11, Santiago’s Hotel Plaza San Francisco will once again host the Feria de Vinos, this year in its 19th edition.  A compendium of the best wines that Chile’s wineries has to offer, this is the wine event of the year.  And what’s better?  There will also be plenty of pisco and food provided by the hotel’s award-winning restaurant, The Bristol.

Chef Axel Manriquez,  famed Bristol chef and lover of local Chilean ingredients, will be cooking up foods inspired by Isla de Pascua, this years invited guest of honor.  More than 60 wineries and pisco producers will be on hand to offer guests a taste of the finest that Chile has to offer.  There will be live music, folklore and even dancing.

Entry to the event is $16.900 CLP, which includes unlimited tastings of the wines on hand, a glass, entry to various chats, as well as premium cocktails.  Discounts are also available for advance purchase of entry for all three days of the event.  There will also be free buses to and from the event for ticketholders.  For more information on transportation, click here.

Don’t want to miss out on the biggest wine event in Chile this year?  Then make sure you get your tickets.  We’ll be there.  Salud!  [via Feria de Vinos]

[image: Uncle Fletch]

Santiago, Uncle Fletch Opens Tomorrow

[image: Uncle Fletch]
[image: Uncle Fletch]

 

Burger lovers, beer drinkers, Texans, ex-pats, and, hell, anybody else, get excited.  Uncle Fletch is moving into Santiago and he’s bringing burgers and beers with him.  The latest project from the folks that brought you Bocanaríz, Cuerovaca, and Le Fournil, Uncle Fletch is set to become the new hot item in Bellavista.

Uncle Fletch will open tomorrow, October 1, 2013, and will be located in Bellavista at Dardignac 192.  They will feature 16 different burgers on their menu, including the original recipe from the man himself, Fletcher Davis, a.k.a. Uncle Fletch.  Fletcher Davis originally introduced the hamburger to the world at the 1904 St. Louis World’s Fair.   And, if that’s not enough, they’ll have eight beers on draft and over 50 beers in bottles from around the world.  Nothing confirmed yet, but given that Uncle Fletch hailed from Paris, Texas, we’re hoping that Shiner beer will play a key role in the beer program.

For more information, you can head to their Facebook page, which is already growing in numbers despite their not even being open yet.  We’ll offer you more information as we get it, but rest assured that we’ll be there opening day for a proper, Texas-style burger.  You should be to!  [via Uncle Fletch]