Barcelo Colon Miramar
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... french oak barrels are used.
- Annual production is about 1 million bottles.
- Grant Phelps is their New Zealand born winemaker, who according to staff makes great wine but never says a word to them. (We know winemakers are busy!)
- Screw caps are used on Sauvignon Blanc and C******nay, which are meant to be enjoyed immediately.
- They use a 'centellino' to pour tastings of red wine. Similar function as a Vacu-vin but different.
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After some fairly taxing bus rides we arrived in Salinas which is situated on Ecuadores South coast. In our guide book Salinass is described as a wannabe Miami Beach and is the place where all the rich Ecuadorian kids come to party and is also a major holiday destination for middle aged Americans.
Miami beach it certainly waasn´t, but the water was crystal clear and the beach was nice, even if it did remind us a little of 1980´s Spain, ...
... in South America there was a huge fire on the news in Chile and apparently it was here in Valpariso. 3000 homes were lost and the area is still sorting itself out. We were shown at night along the skyline the area that was black where all the buildings had been burnt down compared to the areas with lots of lit buildings with lights shining. It's very humbling and good to see how the people have all come together to help each ...
On the 15th, I headed to the bohemian port city of Valparaiso ( 1.5 hr NW of Santiago) where graffiti is truly a form of street art. I had met a Brit (James) in the Santiago hostel so we came out to Valparaiso together, and since I had already booked a hostel, he showed up with me in the hopes of an empty bed. The girl who let us in seemed apprehensive about actually having room but let him ...
... city has been playing a joke on me! Like it wanted me to get a bit grumpy so it could surprise me with hills of colourful tins houses, and great street art. It even brought out the sunshine. Hence the sneaky! Even if I did have to hike up and down hills of cobblestone ...