Antioxidants and Chilean Wine

Map of Chile  Wikimedia-Commons

Map of Chile
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Antioxidants and Chilean Wine

Everyone is health conscious these days, especially baby boomers who, like myself, consume nutritional supplements loaded with antioxidants, but one of my favorite combinations is red wine – that is anitoxidants and Chilean wine.

Okay, I don’t drink wine everyday or even every other day, but I occasionally imbibe in a nice red.  Antioxidants in Chilean wine are an excellence source, since Chile has some of the finest wines in the world.  Besides, Chile is a world class wine producer both in quantity and quality.

The Chilean wine industry

Chile, by the end of the 1990′s, had established itself as a major wine exporter and in many ways I believe you could say it is the “Sonoma” and “Napa” valley of South America.  The Chilean wine industry has a powerful presence and influence throughout the world for many reasons, but a significant one is the Chilean government that works hard to promote the country’s international wine business.

Cabernet Sauvignon from Chilean Central Valley  Author Agne27 Wikimedia Commons

Cabernet Sauvignon from Chilean Central Valley
Author Agne27 Wikimedia Commons

My first introduction to the country of Chile was through some Chilean wines I found at my local grocery store during the early 1990’s.  I was working my way through some reds and came across several that I thought had great value – i.e. price and taste.  Of course, let’s not forget that there are excellent quality wines all over South America namely Argentina, Uruguay, Peru, Columbia, Brazil and the list continues.

However, when it comes to world exposure to South American wines, Chile has taken the lead with its exports.  It’s a well organized wine business machine.

Chilean Wine Cellar at Viña Cousiño Macúl Chileak Flickr Wikimedia Commons

Chilean Wine Cellar at Viña Cousiño Macúl Chileak Flickr Wikimedia Commons

Do your research and go

There are three major websites dedicated to Chilean wine – WinesofChile, ChileanWineLovers, and WineSourceChile.  There is plenty to learn from these websites and they are filled with lists of Chilean wineries, tours, and festivals.  It makes a nice source for planning your first visit or return vacation to Chile.

An organized wine tour would be a great start.  Chile’s wine harvest can span 5 months of the year from January to May.  So, there is plenty of time to plan your trip to enjoy the harvest, and participate in the many festivals and activities.  The wine festivals are numerous. Just take your pick of the hundreds of wineries both large and small.  I like to visit the smaller family owned ones to get that personal touch and I always have plenty of questions to ask.

View of Chilean vineyards in foothills of Andes Puente Alto Chile

View of Chilean vineyards in foothills of Andes Puente Alto Chile
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There are a number of blogs dedicated to Chilean wines that are too many to mention here.  Although the blog, ChileanWine, written by a native Chilean who now lives in California, seems to be an interesting one.  The number of sites to buy Chilean wine is legion as well as the number of sites dedicated to Chilean wine festivals.

And it’s not just native Chileans making wine.  Many folks from around the world have relocated to Chile to buy a vineyard and create their own label.  For an overall review of wine in Chile you may want to start with Wikipedia.

Enjoy it when you can

Now, alcohol is not supposed to be good for the brain.  But if you think about it, if we eliminate all things that may have a tendency to be “bad” for us, what’s the point in living as a human being on this beautiful planet?  It’s important to take a chance or two every once in a while to keep the chi flowing.  Sample what the earth has to offer – in moderation of course.  As poet and musician Bob Marley used to sing, “Don’t worry be happy.”  Here’s another cool version of the song by “Culture Machine” right here.

Chilean vineyard in Andes foothills Originally posted by Beatrice Murch in Flickr Wikimedia Commons

Chilean vineyard in Andes foothills Originally posted by Beatrice Murch in Flickr Wikimedia Commons

It appears to be common knowledge that tannins in red wine have an antioxidant benefit, but quite frankly so do fresh veggies so it really comes to down to a matter of personal choice.  Antioxidants and Chilean wine are a nice mix.  Some folks say all wine has good antioxidant effects, who knows?  Just enjoy it when you can.

Yes, it’s a bit Epicurean but again, let’s not take the fun out of life.  None of us will live forever.  We baby boomers always want to keep our options open – always.  Nothing wrong with that, it’s just that some things you can’t option out.  Well, that possibility sells a lot snake oil, right?

Panoramic View of Viña Santa Cruz Colchagua Valley Chilean Central Valley by Author Elemaki Wikimedia Commons

Panoramic View of Viña Santa Cruz Colchagua Valley Chilean Central Valley by Elemaki Wikimedia Commons

Let me disclose that I am not nor do I consider myself an expert on wine.  I know what I like and to me that’s what’s good (subjective) about the whole subject.  Every once in while I find a wine I really like that the “experts” agree is also a fine one.  It’s just nice to know that antioxidants and Chilean wine go together to make the wine tasting a plus.

I would love to hear from you about your experience in Chile, whether it’s touring wineries or whatever.  So if you would like to share something, just make a comment on this blog or email me at info@hispanicglobe.com.

If you would like to know more about Chile, check your email for the next Hispanicus newsletter where we will focus on that country.  If you haven’t subscribed to our free newsletter yet, you can do so here.

In the meantime, raise your glass and . . . ¡Salud!

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