Chile! You had an earthquake, now I'm drinking your wine. Just doing my bit. When I say 'now', of course, I mean last night, if you read this daily. In case your new and don't know this, I don't write this live as you are reading it. I write it before. Anyway, for the moment Friday night is wine night at It Is What It Is towers, and last night it was a 2009 Merlot from Chile. It was nice enough. Smooth, Damson & Bitter Chocolate it said on it, under 'Taste Guide'. I'm not getting that, it tastes like wine to me. Now I come to think of it I'm not sure that Friday is wine night. I got the idea on Monday night, when I had a bottle of wine that had been hanging around for months, because I needed it. But I didn't need it tonight, and it wasn't as nice. We'll see. I'm not sure if it's better to only drink booze when you 'need' it or not. It might be worse. Anyway, let's look at Chile.
What you probably know about Chile is what I know, which is that it's very long and thin. It really is an extraordinary shape. I'm guessing that the country as it is didn't exist until some Spaniards went over an nicked it all or something - let's see... yes. The Northern bit was part of the Incan empire. The Mapuches lived in the rest of it. Then the Spanish came. That's just how it is, and how it was then. Wrong to just the Spanish now, and hard to judge people of the past generally. Well, past a certain point. Hitler, now he was a bad egg. But further back, generally it's hard to judge. Oedipus, now he was a perv, but he was fictional, so it's okay to judge him.
Anyway, they've had an earthquake, and if you want to buy some of their wine I'm sure that wouldn't do them any harm. Apparently Chilean Merlot might not be pure Merlot, but have an indeterminate amout of Carménère in it. You've probably not heard of Carménère because it's now pretty much extinct in France and they only found out that some of Chilean Merlot was actually Carménère when boffins examined it with their boffin ways. If you're some sort of wine fetishist that might sell you on it. It might have tempted me if I'd known, not because I'm a big winehead, which I'm not, but because I particularly like Merlot. But it's not very satisfying that way drinking something so indeterminate. To properly compare I'd want an actual bottle of Carménère. If I could be bothered, which I can't.
that's all from me for now
see you around
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