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Posted by winetastesveryfine, Aug 24, 2014.

Glad to be on the forum! I am a wine lover now living in Lima, Peru. Looking forward to expand my knowledge and learn as much as possible in here :)

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Reply by EMark, Aug 25, 2014.

We're very pleased to have you join, WTVF.  Why don't you tell us a bit more about yourself.

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Reply by Really Big Al, Aug 25, 2014.

And did you feel that earthquake yesterday, the one that was a 6.9?  It was a bit south of you.  We thought California had it bad....

'The 6.9-magnitude earthquake hit a mountainous area 43 kilometers (27 miles) east-northeast of Tambo at a depth of 101 kilometers (63 miles), according to the U.S. Geological Survey.'

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Reply by outthere, Aug 25, 2014.

California has it good. Earthquakes are our way of keeping the tourist traffic in check.

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Reply by Yossel, Aug 25, 2014.

Dear WINETASTESVERYFINE:

I like your moniker.  I was told as a young man that wine improves with age.  Now that I am 75, I assure you it tastes better than ever.

As I understand it, the original "Americans" crossed the ice bridge from Asia and then raced down to Peru, only to fill in the gap left behind much later.  I do believe that research, given the quality, character, resilience, physiognomy, history and genetics of the Peruvian people.  I congratulate you on enduring despite the odds of church, state, medicine, and so-called modernity.  But what I want to know is how's your wine, especially your whites and roses, which are the real tests of viticulture?

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Reply by gregt, Aug 26, 2014.

California has it good. Earthquakes are our way of keeping the tourist traffic in check.

Yep. Once those septic tanks shake loose, just call it a "mud slide".

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Reply by winetastesveryfine, Aug 26, 2014.

@emark: So I currently study business in college, taking a little course on wine tasting which gives me extra credits haha

I am lately loving Chilean wine, especially Cabernet Sauvignon by Concha y Toro. And also like Malbec Argentinian wine. Lucky to have those South American wines easily here in Peru

@Really Big Al: thankfully earthquake epicenter was kind of far from Lima, so it was a shaky fun movement for us :)

@Yossel: Thank you sir! I also find that theory of Peruvian people very plausible. Here in Peru, vineyards are used for both wine and pisco. Pisco is made from different varieties of grape, like Quebranta. Wine here competes strongly with Chilean wine, I think both excel at producing Cabernet Sauvignon. I am still kind of new to this and learning more about it though.

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Reply by Ricardo De Apariencias, Mar 7.

Just remember what the chronicles of the conquistadores said....the first grapes to arrive in Chile come from Peruvian soil. If Peruvian pisco is much better than Chilean pisco why is it that their wine is better than ours? At the end of the day, the quality of the grape is what makes the quality of the spirit/wine...

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Reply by gregt, Mar 8.

Well Ricardo - it's not that Peru can't produce good wine, it's just that it doesn't.

Since there wasn't a huge wine drinking culture, they used the grapes to produce Pisco. Same thing in Spain of course - the most widely planted grape in the world was in Spain and was used for brandy. The main difference is that in addition to that, Spain had a few thousand years of wine-making in various regions. So Chile passed Peru in wine production and in fact, I think for a time Peru was importing wine from Chile.

But Chile itself has only recently emerged as a significant player in the world of wine in the "modern" or post WW2 age and you're right that at the end of the day it is the quality of the grape that matters. But it's also the quality of the wine making. And Peru is still developing expertise in wine making. But surely Peru has the land and the potential to make outstanding wines. I haven't had many and I am very interested in trying more.

I just hope they don't devote themselves to making more Cabernet and Chardonnay, although that seems inevitable.


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