It's been awhile since I last posted. What can I say, sometimes I get distracted. But with the new year and summer vacation out of the way, I hope to get back into a fairly regular routine of blogging. I'll be serving up a modest posting of a few short paragraphs and pics this time around, as a way to ease back into things. Plus, with some luck this will prove to be something of a segue into next month's offering.
About this time last year we took a train to the town of Buin, south of Santiago and in the middle of Chile's heartland of vineyards. Steeped in wine culture as Chile increasingly is, the time of the grape harvest is marked by festivities all around Chile's wine producing areas. Buin is no exception, and being conveniently located on the rail line in close proximity to Santiago, it was a natural choice for our first harvest festival, known in Spanish as the vendimia.
In the background of this photo can be seen the stage, idle at the moment of shooting. Soon thereafter however it became the scene of some good-natured stomping performed by young foreign women from the crowd, persuaded to come on stage and get leg-deep into shallow basins full of grapes.
I have to say, unfortunately, that I was unimpressed by all of vineyards save one, Viña Richards. If I remember correctly we had a Pinot Noir and a Sauvignon Blanc from them, and both were, in a word, tasty. It's rare to find Pinot Noir in Chile, which was enough for us to gravitate towards it once we noticed it.
We concluded our evening with a sleepy train ride back to Santiago's nicely appointed Estación Central, which connects conveniently to a subway train taking us within two blocks of our apartment. A fine way to travel, and best of all, the conductor is our designated driver.
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