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Santiago Photo Journal, Day 4

Our fourth day in Santiago started with a trip on the subway. I wish I had taken some photos or videos. For one segment of the trip, we were packed like sardines into the train. After switching onto a less-packed metro line, it was like being in an infomercial. Salesman after salesman walked by every few minutes giving their pitch for the product they were selling from earbuds to books. One man was selling mounting tape. He talked for about three or four minutes straight. I never knew there was so much to say about tape.

Finally, we arrived for a bike tour of a local vineyard right in Santiago city limits.

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The name of the winery is Cousiño Macul.

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Setting off into the vineyard…

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We learned about the history of the winery.

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We got to sample the grapes.

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Some of the vines were as old as 82 years.

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The vineyard was surrounded by the city on one side…

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…and the Andes Mountains on the other.

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We got to sample a rosé.

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And learn about the wine-making process.

¡Salud!

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Next was a tour of the facilities and their fermentation room.

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In their old bottling room they had a list of all the countries with whom they had distribution partnerships…

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…including one in Wisconsin.

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Then it was onto their candle-lit cellar.

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This is the family’s own personal collection.

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A chandelier lights the cellar.

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We sampled three more varieties of wine.

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We enjoyed the rest of the afternoon at our roof-top pool…

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…enjoying more wine.

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For dinner, it just so happened to be Santiago Dining Week.

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The restaurant was named The White Rabbit.

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I had a local microbrew made in Chile.

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My first course was mozzarella with caviar.

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Amanda’s first course was a quinoa salad with shrimp.

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My main course was shrimp and black beans.

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Amanda’s entree was lamb chops and potoatoes.

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