Valentine’s Day is just around the corner, which means it’s time to start figuring out how to mark the occasion. But this year, in place of the usual fancy dinner with wine, why not go right to the source of that aphrodisiac libation and spend Valentines in the heart of South American wine culture: Chile’s wine valleys.
January 15th marks the celebration of one of Chile’s most popular summer drinks: melon con vino, or melon with wine.
What better way to celebrate the holidays than trying your hand at making Chile’s traditional Yuletide beverage, cola de mono?
Deck the halls and light the lights, it’s that special time of year!
Countries around the world each have their own unique holiday traditions, and Chile knows exactly how to celebrate this joyous season. But you’ll find no White Christmases here (but lots of cheer!). With the holiday season taking place during the Southern Hemisphere’s summer, instead of chilly weather and warm fires, holiday revelers enjoy their shopping and festivities in warm, sunny weather, cooling off with trips to the beach or seasonal foods and beverages.
Today, we raise a glass to Chile’s flagship wine: Carménère.
This bold, complex red varietal, now a notable stand-alone wine but originally used for blends, is Chile’s version of Malbec; a high-quality, New World nectar of the gods that’s putting its parent country on the wine-world map.
In honor of World Carménère Day, we’re going back to the roots of this once-thought-extinct, Old to New World vine, exploring its distinctive taste and how it became a global ambassador for Chilean winemaking.
Chileans love a good party, and at no time is this more evident than when they celebrate Independence Day!
Falling on the 18 and 19 of September, Chile’s “Fiestas Patrias” is a national celebratory affair, a multi-day extravaganza of grand parades, traditional food and drinks, music, dance, and partying!
For traveling foodies, the pleasure of perusing a foreign menu, ordering from a street vendor's unusual snack selection, or savoring a new dish's unique flavors is the very heartbeat and reason for travel. Sharing meals is such an integral part of the travel experience that the very names of many countries evoke images of food almost immediately - just try whispering sweet nothings of "Italy, India, Japan, France, Vietnam, Peru, and Greece..." to a food traveler and challenge their mouth not to water! But how do travelers with dietary concerns fare when on the road?
For foodies, hearing of those who eat "because they have to" is a little, well, sad. With a planetful of colorful cuisine to sample in a lifetime, it's no wonder trying new foods features so highly on most travelers' to do lists. Chile doesn't disappoint. From the north's tropical fruits, to its central valleys' wine regions and the gamey creations dreamed up in Patagonian kitchens, discerning palates exploring Chile won't feel bland. In this month's Mixed Tape, Chilen food (plus options for vegetarians and hikers) is our focus. Grab a fork!