Quilmes. "The flavour of Argentina" Brewed in Brazil. Quite a good general purpose beer. Not heavy, but fulfilling.
Cristal. Chilean. Weak as piss. Flavourless and structureless. Avoid.
Escudo. Chilean. A nice darkish lager. Complex flavours. A good dinner lager.
Cenuña. Bolivian. Crisp as, and flavoured like a Japanese beer eg Sapporo. Very refreshing.
Schop. Chilean. An average beer. Not much to write about, but not bad.
Schop Kunstmann Pale Ale. Chilean. A very nice drink. A very good example of a pale ale. (Kunstmann is of course a brewery set up by Germans in Valdivia, about eight hours south of Santiago. A whole bunch of Germans were imported to develop that part of the world in the early 20th century. Schop is another such brewery.)
A random Chilean Sauv Blanc, that I can´t remember the name of, was better than a random New Zealand Sauv blanc. But, then again, I find the NZ ones too strongly flavoured.
Santa Digna, Miguel Torres, Cab Sauv2004 reserva. A beautiful dry cab sauv. A great example of the excellent reds Chile is producing.
Concha y Toro, Casillero del Diablo, Carmenere 2005. I hadn´t even heard of this grape before. It is awesome. It´s like a Cab Franc Merlot, but more rich and complex. It just goes on and on with soft and dry thingies. No, not tissues. I was after that specific grape and didn´t realise that I´d bought a bottle of their Cab Sauv for my Canadian farewell, which was very nice too. The Carmenere was US$12 from a restuarant. I hope we start growing it in Oz.
Walking back from Barrio Bellavista with a bottle of 35 Sur 2001 Cab Sauv for A$7, a young local woman behind me started singing ¨You´re the Voice¨by John Farmham. The wine was really very nice. I drank it, alone in my hotel room whilst reading "Prince of Tides" by Pat Conroy. And do you know why? Because I am a man of culture and breeding. Oh, and because Maho had flown back home.
Bron: What´s your favourite day of the week?
H: I dunno. I´m trying to lose track of which is which. I´ll tell you which one I miss most.