Chicken Run Organic Chardonnay

Lazy Saturdays are good for trips to the local farmers market and porchin’. For those of you that are not native Texans, porchin’ is a favorite past time when the weather is mild. I often spend entire weekends porchin’ with wine and a good book. It is very relaxing to hang out on the patio, listen to the birds, and disconnect.

This particular Saturday left me with a dozen farm fresh eggs, a bottle of Chicken Run, and lovely weather. I made up a salad nicoise for lunch and proceeded to enjoy a few glasses of the 2011 Chicken Run Chardonnay.

What prompted me to buy a wine called Chicken Run? Well, (1) it is a Chilean wine and due to my recent trip to Chile I was intrigued; (2) I thought the name was amusing; (3) It was on sale. What the hell, right?

Chicken Run was a light and refreshing patio wine. Not too heavy on the tongue and lovely with a salad! It was tart and crisp with notes of green apple and lemon. You can find Chicken Run at the HEB Volente location. It was perfect for a weekend of porchin’.

Austin transplants—get out there and enjoy some porchin’ before it gets too hot!

Food of Chile

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I love food just as much as I love wine. The food in Chile is fresh, creative, and satisfying. You can’t beat food in a fresh food culture. It is very different. I admit I enjoy a box of Kraft Mac-n-Chz from time to time (hey, everyone has a weakness), but eating fresh food is eating well.

I had everything from Chilean sea bass (or as a collegue described “just plain ‘ol sea bass”), squid, rock fish, salmon, grouper, crab, and lobster. It was all fantastic!  If you ever find yourself in South America and are looking for good food–go to Chile!

WineDownAustin goes to Chile–Savinya at Hotel Del Mar

I shamelessly admit I found my very favorite restaurant in the whole world (and I’ve been a lot of places). Savinya restaurant is in the Hotel Del Mar located in Vina del Mar. I loved it so much I ate there 3 times!

Food-Amazing

Wine and Pisco sours-Amazing

View–Perfect

I’ll let the food pics do the writing for me 🙂

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WineDownAustin goes to Chile–Emiliana Organic Wine Bar

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Chile is a wonderfully diverse country with excellent wine. During a visit to the ceros located outside Valparasio, I stumbled into the Emiliana Organic wine bar and restaurant. It was a hot day as Chile is at the end of summer and a glass of white wine sounded very refreshing.

I ordered the only white wine offered by the glass which was the 2011 Emiliana Reserve Chardonnay. The chardonnay was produced in the Casablanca Valley near Vina del Mar.  The wine was full, smooth, with grapefruit, lime, and pineapple notes. It was perfect for a hot day and I enjoyed several glasses with lunch.

The restaurant served a wide array of lunch entrees, but I couldn’t get enough of the seafood in Chile. It was so fresh and always excellent. I ordered the grilled rockfish on top of potato gnocchi with pesto sauce and topped with organic greens and grilled tomatoes. My friend ordered the homemade multi-colored pasta with organic vegetables. Both dishes were so good we ate ALL of it!

We enjoyed the experience so much that we sat on the patio for another glass of wine to finish out the beautiful afternoon. I am already planning out wine tours for future visits!

Winery Information:

Emiliana was the first organic vineyard in Chile offering sustainable vineyard management, efficient energy use, recycling, and managing industrial waste water. Emiliana believes in sustainability and social responsibility within the community. They are certified by the IMO which ensures the companies operate in accordance with good labor practices. The Fair for Life certification guarantees that human rights are respected in all stages of production and that working conditions are suitable and fair. Emiliana also offers organic gardens, scholarships and training programs, and housing programs for employees.