Known as the gateway to Torres del Paine National Park, the town of Puerto Natales may seen by many as a quick stopover before heading off into the surrounding wilderness in search of adventure and natural wonder, but taking a few days to explore the town and its immediate surroundings offers a glimpse into the diverse and fascinating history and culture of this part of Patagonia.
There’s nothing better than a full mug of heartwarming mulled wine on a cold, wintry night, and so, in honor of March 3rd - National Mulled Wine Day - we’re breaking out Chile’s take on this classic blend of warm wine, citrusy fruit, and delectable spices: navegado.
When visiting Patagonia, especially during the breezy spring and summer months of November through March, while traipsing along the well-worn trails you’ll probably encounter deep-blue, almost purple berries dangling from small bushes huddled under trees and other shrubs. While they could easily be mistaken for blueberries, don’t be deceived: these are Calafate berries, indigenous to the region, deeply rooted in Patagonian folklore, and delightfully yummy to snack on.
Cultures and countries all over the world have each added their own unique twist to one of the most common and enoyable meals of all time: the sandwich. The medianoche, the Philly, the banh mi, the doner kebab, the croque monsieur...a good “sammie” transcends borders and connects people all over the world, because who doesn’t love a good sandwich?
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.