A Hot August Night….Sizzles with the tastes of South America

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This is what happened when we gathered a small group of people to an Italian restaurant to enjoy the cuisine of South America paired with Chilean wines. An amazing time with our Ambassador, Javier Guinzazu.

Javier and David

David and Javier

From a young age, Javier always had a passion for wine.  Having parents from the premier wine producing region of Argentina, Mendoza became the setting for his early education.  His family vineyards, which are still run by his father today, were regularly visited as a child and helped teach him the intrinsic values terroir and careful vineyard practices.  This unique heritage fueled his fervor for wine and inspired him to one day work closely with wines from South America.  He has spent the last five years dedicated to several wineries from Chile and Argentina, working in different facets  to help promote the most authentic wines from various regions.

He is currently specializing in the wines of Chile and helping to spread the excitement over emerging regions like Casablanca and Leyda Valleys, and seemingly obscure varietals like Carmenere and Sauvignon Gris. Chilean wine is mostly known for its value, but variety and quality that are now coming out of the region are incredible.

 

Halibut and Shrimp Ceviche

Halibut and Shrimp Ceviche

Chilean Sea bass

Chilean Sea Bass

Churrasco Beef Sandwich

Churrasco Beef Sandwich

 

Before I did this wine dinner I was not very knowledgable about food and wines from Chile. My focus primarily has been on Italian food and wine. For me it was exciting to research and then cook the fabulous cuisuine of the foods from Chile. Even though the foods are different from the Italian regions, their are some similarities. The Spanish have had some great influence as well. The Spanish came to Chile in 1541 and they brought grapes, olives, walnuts, chestnuts, rice, wheat, citrus fruits, sugar, garlic, and spices. They also brought chicken, beef, sheep, pigs, rabbits, milk, cheeses, and sausages.

Before I did this wine dinner I was not very knowledgable about food and wines from Chile. My focus primarily has been on Italian food and wine. For me it was exciting to research and then cook the fabulous cuisine of the foods from Chile. Even though the foods are different from the Italian regions, their are some similarities. The Spanish have had some great influence as well. The Spanish came to Chile in 1541 and they brought grapes, olives, walnuts, chestnuts, rice, wheat, citrus fruits, sugar, garlic, and spices. They also brought chicken, beef, sheep, pigs, rabbits, milk, cheeses, and sausages.

Ultimately for me what it comes down to is having the opportunity to share and to experience the culture of food and wine of different countries with my customers who have now become my friends.

Ciao for now

Maria and Alexia

Maria and Alexia

Cheers

Cheers

Vego and Jorge

Vego and Jorge

 

 

 

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