jamie goode's wine blog: Chile day 1 - some r&r

Saturday, January 12, 2008

Chile day 1 - some r&r

Arrived in Santiago this morning at 10 am, after a comfortable flight with LAN from Madrid. Most of the judging team were travelling together, and the seven of us had a jolly time in the business class lounge at Madrid where there was a range of wines in a tasting cabinet to keep us entertained.

We got off the plane to encounter temperatures in the late 20s and a blazing sun set in an azure sky. The hotel, the Grand Hyatt, is stunning and luxurious (the view from where I'm sitting in the lobby is pictured above; the reason I'm in the lobby is because this is the only place that has wireless internet in the entire hotel). There was time for a swim in the pool, and then we headed off to the Santiago fish market, which is quite wonderful. We lunched at a fish restaurant there, where I had some enormous barnacles that only a few were prepared to try - they looked pretty gross but tasted nice.

An afternoon swim was followed by a quick shopping trip, and soon it will be time for some tea - we're going to a local restaurant where we'll meet some wines of Chile people. Tomorrow promises to be fun - a helicopter trip over the Andes is included in the agenda!



At 10:17 PM, Anonymous Kinley said...

Santiago fish market is quite something! When I was there, there were spider crabs about a meter in diameter, and barnacles the size of tennis balls. We bought and cooked some fish (of unknown species) and had it with a lovely bottle from Unduraga. Sadly, after 11 years, I've forgotten what wine it was. The fish tasted of beef!

At 12:12 AM, Anonymous Martin Jones said...

I wonder if your giant barnacles were a species of abalone - the Chilean ones grow to a great size according to wikipedia http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Abalone

I recall Rick Stein discussing ormers, an abalone relative found in the Channel Islands, and saying that they had to be cooked slowly for quite a while, when they beame almost tender with a taste like beef.

Did you blog this on your new gizmo, Jamie?

At 9:16 AM, Anonymous Robert said...

I had no idea "good reviews" cost so much!


At 4:16 PM, Anonymous keith prothero said...

I can see why you have given up the day job!!
Always great though to learn of your travel experiences.

At 7:16 PM, Blogger Ole Martin Skilleås said...

I forgot to say: "have a good trip!" as we parted on Wednesday, but I see it's off to a good start. So: "continue to have a good trip!". Tell me if you come across any Odfjell Vinyards wines!

At 11:26 PM, Blogger Jamie said...

Martin, they did taste meaty. And they were tender.

yes, this was done on the eeepc, which is the only machine I've brought with me

Ole, had one last night! I'll report - the notes aren't to hand now.

More later - beer beckons


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