Fiestas Patrias

Weekend wine: T.H. Carmenere 2015, Peumo

Weekend wine: T.H. Carmenere 2015, Peumo

Here’s a velvety-smooth wine to toast Chile’s Fiestas Patrias in style or bring comforting warmth to a cool evening. Carmenère has a special association with Chile, because back in 1994, when swathes of vines were discovered among what Chilean growers had thought were Merlot, it was a variety that had been almost forgotten. In fact, though you…

Fiestas patrias: BBB Chilean Cabernet Sauvignon

Fiestas patrias: BBB Chilean Cabernet Sauvignon

For anyone looking for a good-value red wine to raise a glass or two to celebrate Chile’s Independence Day on 18 September, here are some suggestions. For this tasting, we deliberately selected BBB Chilean Cabernet Sauvignon wines. (BBB is a much-loved Chilean term denoting “bueno, bonito y barato” – good, attractive and cheap).  All six wines…

Chilean Holiday Special: Wine

Chilean Holiday Special: Wine

First things first, what is the big deal with 18th September in Chile? For anyone new to Chile, the Fiestas Patrías come as quite a surprise. This is the biggest holiday in the Chilean calendar – apart from New Year – and many people use it as an excuse to take up to a week’s…

Chile holiday special: Cherimoya alegre

Chile holiday special: Cherimoya alegre

What a wonderful fruit this is!  Get one at its peak of ripeness and it is truly divine.  This simple dessert could win any taste competition against much more elaborate confections. Ingredients 1 large cherimoya 2 oranges Preparation Peel the cherimoya. Remove the seeds. I do this with my fingers but you can also…