Elqui Wines in "Great Wine News" magazine


Elqui Wines on Danish TV

Rex Pickett

  – Chilean film director Pablo Larrain

   It's been awhile since I've blogged.  I've been on the road, visiting a lot of wineries and wine regions, so forgive my absence and forgive the somewhat desultory nature of today's blog (1/10/'13).

   First off, I would be remiss if I didn't acknowledge the Academy Award nomination for Best Foreign Language Film for Chilean film director Pablo Larrain for his film, No.  I have not seen the film, but my friends inside the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences tell me that it's an important, scatchingly funny film about a sad chapter of Chile's past.  It's the third film in a trilogy for this young director and is a landmark movie because I believe that only one other film from Chile has ever been nominated for an Oscar before.  Unfortunately, Michael Haneke's Amour is a lock to win — as it garnered a total of 5 nominations all together — but what an achievement for Mr. Larrain and the country of Chile, which I'm proud to be traveling around in, researching a novel.  I've been to the Oscars, where we won for Best Adapted Screenplay for Sideways, and I'm behind a second Oscar when my ex-wife Barbara Schock won the 2000 Academy Award for Best Live Action Short, My Mother Dreams the Satan's Disciples in New York.  Congratulations to Mr. Larrain.

   But I digress.  I've spent the last week in Elqui Valley.  It is the northernmost wine region in all of Chile.  Unfortunately, I was saddled by more car problems — this time a loaner that had no A/C that I got just before going to southernmost tip of one of the hottest, dryest deserts in the middle of Chile's summer during a heat wave — and had to cancel some appointments.

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