Saturday, March 10, 2007

Devil Drink Update

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.


worldpeace and a speedboat said...

I hope we start growing it in Oz.

consider it your mission... I could just see you as the owner of a boutique winery... have some fashionable tiny cows or milk goats as well. I'll look after them for you. and organic veg too. so very hippppp!

at least you know all your friends would patronise your establishment - at least as much as we patronise you.

ohhh boom TISH!

Fyodor said...

I'm amazed you could still spell after all that lot. "Kunstmann" is a curly one at the best of times.

The Devil Drink said...

Only one white wine here? Your mission, should you choose to accept it, is to find the expatriate Rieslings those Germans make as well.
"Concha y Toro"
Toro you know, but I'll let you imagine what concha is Spanish slang for.
"I drank it, alone in my hotel room whilst reading "Prince of Tides" by Pat Conroy. And do you know why?"
I know why, it's because drinking solo is second only to good masturbation as a means of spending quality time with someone you love. Prince of Tides? Hey, no judgement here.
BTW, I've emailed you, Batman.

anti ob said...

Oh yes Speedy, very hipp... only you left the 'y' off the end. Still, maybe its a solution for what to do with the last of the drought-reduced livestock, now that they're too thin to sell for sausage:

Minature cows! The Sydney nightclubs will be full of them in a couple of weeks. Be the first to get the newest hip accessory - buy yours today!