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Los Nichos: A Piece Of Pisco History That Still Stands

By Lauren Barragan

[Lauren Barragan]

[Lauren Barragan]

Amidst the gorgeous and tranquil backdrop of the Elqui Valley’s hills and clear blue skies rests a little town that lies untouched by modern time.  Pisco Elqui draws visitors to it by way of many things, but the greatest of these would probably be pisco.  It should come as no shock that given the name of the town, there would be an abundance of pisco to explore, as this is in fact the region of Chile where most pisco is made.

[photo: Piscotantalo]

Hans Hilburg Talking Pisco’s Identity Crisis

[photo: Piscotantalo]

[photo: Piscotantalo]

In an interview with Peru’s English-language cultural blog Peru This Week, Peruvian bartending pioneer Hans Hilburg talks about the past, present, and shaky future of Pisco.  “You can’t deny that there are good piscos, but 90% of pisco is bad, because there’s no oversight,” he says, saying that due to a lack of regulations, the Pisco industry is essentially suffering form fraud.  The future, and resurgence of a quality industry promoting legitimate beverages, lay in simplicity.  A return to cocktail making without all the tricks and modern techniques.  Perhaps the world’s gastronomy at large could take a cue from Hilburg.  [via Peru This Week]