South America

These South American Pinot Noirs Have Sonoma-Style Complexity at Half the Price

These South American Pinot Noirs Have Sonoma-Style Complexity at Half the Price

With a global footprint that stretches from Burgundy to New Zealand, Pinot Noir is among the world’s most prized grape varieties. Despite the variety’s notoriously finicky reputation, winemakers are expanding their Pinot Noir plantings, bringing light reds to more tables worldwide. Historically, France, California, and Oregon tended to dominate conversations about Pinot Noir, while South […]

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Feuding Distillers Could Be the Best Thing to Happen to South American Spirits

Feuding Distillers Could Be the Best Thing to Happen to South American Spirits

I was about five minutes into my tour of Casa Real, a family-owned distillery in Bolivia’s Tarija Valley, when I casually observed that its signature spirit, singani, sounded a lot like pisco. Both are made by distilling white wine, and both result in an alcohol suitable for sipping or mixing.

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‘Speakeasy’ Bars Are Killing It in Countries That Never Had Prohibition

‘Speakeasy’ Bars Are Killing It in Countries That Never Had Prohibition

The Butcher, a bustling joint at the Albert Cuyp street market in Amsterdam’s De Pijp, is packed in evenings with locals biting into babaganoush burgers. A select few walk straight past the parade of prime Aberdeen Angus beef to TBA, a speakeasy accessed by a daily-changing password.

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Is Chile’s Troubled Past the Reason Its Wine’s Future Is So Bright?

Is Chile’s Troubled Past the Reason Its Wine’s Future Is So Bright?

Chile’s geology and climate are perfect for making wine. With the ocean on one side and the Andes on the other, Chile’s vineyards get the benefit of salty winds and cooling airs, plus wide day-to-night fluctuations — perfect conditions for grape growing. And yet, up until the mid-’80s, the wine produced in Chile was by […]

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