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Carménère – The Newfound Chilean Grape!

Within my first 24 hours of arriving in Santiago, I was exposed to a new grape that I had never sampled before. Carménère captivated me instantly due to the unique origins it possessed from France. Originally from the Médoc Region of Bordeaux, France, Carménère, became almost extinct in France after the Phylloxera Plague in 1867. However, due to the similarity that Carménère possessed to Merlot, many wine growers who imported grapes from Bordeaux to Chile in the 19th century confused the two grapes. As a result, both grape varieties were planted around Santiago.

Due to the limited rainfall in Santiago, Merlot (Carménère in disguise) thrived and became a powerhouse for Chilean wine growers. When wine growers were trying to figure out why their "Merlot" grapes were slightly modified, researchers began to test the grapes. It was not until 1994 that a researcher discovered that the Chileans had accidentally preserved Carménère from the Phylloxera Plague in France for over a century! History aside, for those of you that have the ability to appreciate a red grape, I highly recommend that you find Carménère in your local grocery store wherever you reside. The wine is absolutely incredible and I find myself periodically laughing at its mysterious history! Cheers!


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Hello Readers! For those of you who don’t already know me, my name is Jacquelyn Vadnais and it is a pleasure to meet you! Per the request of many friends, I am finally taking their advice and blogging about my international experiences. To give a background of myself, I just recently finished a JD/MBA from Suffolk University in Boston and have decided to pack my bags and emigrate to Latin America immediately!Many people have asked me why on earth I decided to move to Latin America after finishing such a prestigious program, however, once you get to know me you will see that I am truly world traveler at heart who gets such joy from experiencing fantastic cultures around the world. This is the reason that I have traveled to 50 countries (and counting!) in my life and have lived in 10 (and also counting!)I plan on giving my readers a first-hand guide on how to travel beyond the guidebook and truly experience where you are visiting and/or living for a time through the lens of a local. Based on my experiences with international culture, world heritage sites, delicious global cuisine, and diverse wines, I plan on sharing with you a piece of my unique adventures. These adventures have truly provided me with an invaluable world class education that is arguably equally as essential as the education that I received in the classroom.



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