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Monday Nov 27 – Santa Cruz Wineries

November 26, 2012

Today we wine tasted at two wineries and had a third for lunch. Not really, but it made for a wonderful day.

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Vina Montgras Hacienda

This winery was designed with Canadian engineering input. Also the winemaker had Canadian experience. We tried four wines, a Viognier, Merlot, Quatro (a blend of four grapes) and a Syrah. We purchased a bottle of the latter. It was just the two of us tasting in the courtyard of their main building.

The LCBO is a good customer here.


The View

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Premium Wine

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Bisquertt Winery

This winery was the summer home of one of Chile’s first presidents. Here we tried. Sauvignon Blanc, Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon, with chocolates between courses.

Both wineries charged 6000 pesos (about twelve US) for tasting, but they were generous pours.

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Main Dining Room

This house was built 160 years ago. The table is three inches of solid wood. The white plaster repairs on the walls are from the earthquake, just a few years ago.

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Tasting Setting

It was time for lunch at Rayuela restaurant, at Riu Manet winery.

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Lunch was set under shady trees, just outside the restaurant

They suggested Sauvignon Blanc for Julia’s fish and a Carminiere for my short ribs.

It was a wonderful day.

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