Hotel Casablanca,Spa & Wine
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Through our good friend Mel in California, we got an introduction to the folks at Kingston. We met Andy Pflaum, who is married to Courtney Kingston, 5th generation of the Kingston family on this property. When not attending to business on the ground in Chile, Courtney and Andy live in the San Francisco Bay area. This was an especially nice visit, because we had easy conversation (in english) with one of the main folks ... on ...
Driving up from the Valparaiso coast you peek over the hills and drop down into a valley studded with farms, an array of trees, and vineyards. This is the Valle de Casablanca, Chile's first cooler climate coastal wine region putting Sauvignon Blanc, C******nay, and Pinot Noir on the map.
Casas del Bosque was our first stop, a stand-out maker of crisp, pungent Sauvignon Blanc, among other wines. Their tasting room is off to the side, set up specifically for ...
The Valle de Casablanca is Chile's first cool-climate coastal wine region, grapevines only just planted in the mid-80s. The cool foggy mornings with afternoon sun is ideal for wines we love: Sauvignon Blanc, C******nay, and Pinot Noir. Other varieties are also found in the valley to a lessor extent. We stopped on our way to Valparaiso from Santiago (very convenient).
Our first visit was Emiliana Organic Vineyards, the first (and only) ...
... up we went for a walk around the area. There are so many colours in each building despite them being so run down or burnt down. We found a restaurant strip and were starving having not had any lunch so we stopped for a delicious pizza to share despite being the only customers in the restaurant. We continued our walk up and down the hills and many stairs before I hit a wall with the jetlag again and had to retire to bed around ...
... And what of the memories we impart unto the world? Do we do enough to impress upon others our good intentions, or is it better to simply act out our desires and force ourselves that way? And even then are you always remembered? Or only until the next one they will never forget? Think of these things in 2014 - are vanguards of the analog revolution delusional? Do vegabonds have a code of conduct? Who will take the leaves and grow them into trees? Are there two sides to ...