From its unique blend of Spanish and European culture to its 2,700 mile coastline, Chile is truly one of a kind. Currently the fifth largest wine exporter in the world, Chile plays a pivotal role in the global wine community. With an ideal climate, described as a combination of California and France, what else would you expect? The blend of fine wines and seafood dishes has propelled Chile to become a culinary mecca that most have yet to discover… ¡Destinación Chile!
This fall Omni collaborates with the Wines of Chile to bring the flavors of Chile to Omni Hotels & Resorts across the United States. Executive Chefs studied Chilean culture, wines and culinary technique at the Culinary Institute of America to develop a complete pairings menu of appetizers, entrees, desserts and, of course, Chilean wines.
A Land of Extremes
Chile is bordered by the Andes to the east, the Pacific Ocean to the west, the Atacama Desert to the north and Patagonia to the south. These extreme natural boundaries isolate Chile from the rest of the world and protect from grape diseases, making it the ideal location to harvest.
Wines of Chile
Casillero del Diablo
After some of his wine went missing, politician and businessman Don Melchor spread a rumor that the devil lived in his cellar to prevent thieves from entering. The cellar earned the name Casillero del Diablo (the devil’s locker) and is now the home to Concha y Toro’s premium wines – Don Melchor.
With 140 years in winemaking, Santa Carolina is one of Chile’s oldest vineyards. In 1973 their cellars were declared a national monument, originally constructed using the technique of bricks joined with clay and egg white (“cal y canto”).
Clos Apalta Winery
Clos Apalta Winery was opened by Lapostolle in 1994 with the objective of creating world-class wines using French expertise accompanied by the superb terrain of Chile, and four of the winery’s six levels are cut directly into the granite of the hillside. The winery prides itself in its environmental and sustainability practices. The vineyard is 100% certified organic and its wine bottles are made with up to 60% recycled glass.
Chilean wine is distilled into high-proof spirit to create the amber-colored brandy, Pisco. It is unique to only Chile and Peru, which use very different practices for distilling their respective brandy. In Chile, Pisco is commonly used to make Piscola (Pisco mixed with cola) and cocktails such as the Pisco Sour.
Due to its long coastline and diverse climate, seafood and local produce are the main components of many Chilean dishes. Chilean cuisine is known for its variety of flavors, which stem from Spanish and European influence.
Chilean Olive Oil
If a region is ripe for winemaking, it’s also optimal for an olive harvest. Chile’s optimal Mediterranean climate allows olives to reach optimum maturity and results in a true Extra Virgin Olive Oil.
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