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Semana Del Chilcano Begins Tomorrow In Peru (ES)

By Patrick Hieger

[Semana del Chilcano]

[Semana del Chilcano]

More than 300 locales across Peru are participating.

Although it doesn’t take much convincing to get local Peruvians and visitors alike to take part in a Chilcano (or six)–the other famous Peruvian cocktail made from Pisco, ginger ale, a dash of bitters and a dash of lime–as of tomorrow they’ll have 300 more excuses across the entire country to enjoy the top summer cocktail.  Tomorrow in bars across Peru, the 6th annual Semana del Chilcano kicks off, this year dubbed ‘Chilcano Que Se Respeta,’ ensuring that everyone’s drink will only be made with the highest quality Pisco. It’s going to be a good week.

Santiago’s New CHPE Unites Chile And Peru Over Pisco

By Catie Brandl

[CHPE]

[CHPE]

Ask a Peruvian or a Chilean about the origins of Pisco and you’re bound to get two different answers.  In these two countries there is constant controversy over who started making this spirit, made from distilled grapes.  Not only the origins, but the discussion of “Who has better Pisco?” is continual.  Well, now you at least don’t have to worry about bickering. You can find out for yourself.

Feeling The Magic In The Stunning Elqui Valley, Chile

By Joanna Marracelli

[Laurent Lhomond]

[Laurent Lhomond]

Did you know there is a war going on?  Well, in Chile, the war against Peru is alive and well and it has been going on for 400 years!  Especially in the town of Pisco Elqui, when in 1936, the name was changed from La Union to Pisco Elqui just to prove how passionate the Chileans are about ‘their’ national beverage, pisco. Corner any Chilean and ask if pisco is Peruvian or Chilean and you will likely get a heated, passionate response that will naturally end in favor of Chile.  Both Peru and Chile lay claim to fame to this controversial beverage. So who wins?  The war rages on!

Despite the historical and nationalistic battle at play here, pisco remains a hapless bystander caught in the middle.  It really doesn’t matter because this innocent libation is equally as delicious (albeit different in taste) in Chile as it is in Peru. You won’t care much about the town’s name either once you get a glimpse of this spectacular, scenic valley.  The Elqui valley stretches inward from coastal La Serena until Alcohuaz.  Grapevines growing Muscat, Torontel or Pedro Jimenez cover the valley, allowing the vibrant green to pop against the arid, pink mountains. Known for its cosmic energies, frequent UFO sightings and spectacular night skies, the Elqui valley is a place you will want to return to again and again.

Breaking Down The Pisco Sour, From Chile To Peru

By Colin Bennett

[Diario 16]

[Diario 16]


I hate to call it an “icon”, but that’s really the best way to describe what the pisco sour means for drinks in both Chile and Peru. After all, it is by far the most pleasant and recognizable way to enjoy this distilled grape brandy. Chile’s piscola seems better fit for student parties in parks, but anything mixed solely with Coca Cola can hardly climb the latter into “cocteleria”. And only a few well elaborated labels are worthy of sipping on the rocks.
This is not an attempt to comment on the origins of pisco, nor on who makes a better pisco sour, nor who really “owns” the name. That would only detract from what is an awesome way to kick off a dinner, a party or close out a meeting.  A quick cruise through the nooks and crannies of the internet will yield three principal theories on the origin of the drink, and would suggest a truly Peruvian origin:

Here’s A List Of The World’s Top 10 Pisco Sours (ES)

By Patrick Hieger

[World's Best Bars / Lima London]

[World’s Best Bars / Lima London]

It seems as though Peru’s national spirit, Pisco, is no longer just for drinking in Peru.  In fact, in this new list as created by World’s Best Bars that counts down the top 10 Pisco sours in the world, only three are actually in Lima.  Heads may roll when this list gets tossed around, but then again, isn’t that what rankings are all about?  Lima London leads the pack, followed Gastón Acurio’s raved about Tanta, in Chicago.  London and New York City round out the top 5, and even Buenos Aires makes an appearance on the list.  It will be interesting to see the commentary this list yields in the days to come.

Parece que el spirit nacional de Peru, Pisco, ya no se toma exclusivamente en Peru.  De hecho, en esta nueva lista creada por World’s Best Bars que cuenta los 10 mejores Pisco sours del mundo, hay solamente tres en Lima.  Habrá un polémico cuando más gente ve esta lista, pero en realidad, por eso existen los rankings, verdad?  Lima London es el lider, con el nuevo querido Tanta, en Chicago, de Gastón Acurio.  Londres y New York City terminan los top 5, y también Buenos Aires aparece en la lista.  Será interesante ver el comentario que rinde esta lista en los días que vienen.

Wine Wednesday: Cata D’Or Chooses Chile’s Best

By Colin Bennett

[Cata d'Or]

[Cata d’Or]

Choosing from more than 600 different wine labels in a blind tasting, the 19th edition of the Cata d´Or Santiago de Chile Wine Awards offered its appraisal of Chile’s best wine and Pisco.  The awards included a “Gran Gold” award as the top honor along with a “Best in Show” category for each different grape variety. The Maule valley stood apart with two labels receiving the top label, along with the lesser known Cachapoal valley and Maipo.

The contest came after three days of blind tasting from a panel of international and national judges, including a special delegation from France. Other judges arrived from the United States, Canada, Indonesia, Japan, China, Brazil and the UK.  Organizers were happy to announce an alliance with the Municipality of Santiago, in a push to make Chile’s finest wines more visible both to international visitors arriving to Chile and the global market.

Día Del Pisco: Three Recommendations For A Proper Brindis

[Pisco Chile]

[Pisco Chile]

By Colin Bennett
Colin Bennett is the founder and owner of FoodyChile, a Santiago-based culinary-focused tour provider that gives insight into Chile’s growing gastronomy scene.  Originally from Iowa, he now resides in Santiago with his wife and young son.  When not giving tours, Colin takes advantage of the diverse landscape and wine regions that Chile has to offer.

May 15th is Chile’s “Dia del Pisco” and, while not a public holiday, it is a national day to recognize Chile’s national spirit. A large percentage of pisco is consumed in either a pisco sour to get a good meal started, or in the strong but always intoxicating piscola. A trip to the supermarket in Chile will reveal a number of staple brands, mostly owned by CCU’s pisco machine: Pisquera de Chile.

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.