Dear Cachando Chile Readers…
I will be pretty much off-line for the next few days as I take some time to visit the wineries in the areas most affected by Chile’s recent earthquake.
As many of you know, I work in Chile’s wine industry, writing about and translating for many of the country’s wineries. As I’m sure most of you also know, many of the wineries south of Santiago were badly affected by the recent earthquake. Fortunately, this tragedy happened at the best least worst time of the year, just prior to harvest, when most of the previous season’s wine had been sold but the harvest had not yet begun. In other words, precisely at the moment when there was the least amount of wine in the cellars to be lost. There has been material damage to the bodegas–most of which is insured–although the hardest hit were the workers, many of whom lost their homes on Saturday–and still showed up for work on Monday. These are Chile’s true heroes. These are the people who show the true Chilean spirit, those with an attitude that says, “Damn that sucked, now where do I start cleaning up?”
I will spend the next several days beginning a project that will certainly go on for months to come, in which I–and others–will interview the people of Chile’s wine country and publish their stories and photographs on the Wines of Chile web site. You too will also be hearing plenty in the days and weeks to come.
I will post from the field if and when I can, but will certainly be tweeting about the experience in the Colchagua, Curicó, and Maule Valley wine regions. Wish me luck and let’s all hope the rain holds off for another month. Too many people are still out there sleeping in tents.