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Where there is wine there is love

Source: Punjas Wines & Spirits.
Thursday, February 08, 2018

I love wine because it is one of the last true things. In a world digitised to distraction, a world where you can't get out of your pajamas without your cell phone, wine remains utterly primary. Unrushed. The silent music of nature.

For eight thousand years, vines clutching the earth have thrust themselves upward toward the sun and given us juicy berries, and ultimately wine. In every sip taken in the present, we drink in the past — the moment in time when those berries were picked; a moment gone but recaptured — and so vivid that our bond with nature is welded deep. Wine matters because of this ineluctable connection.

Wine and food cradle us in our own communal humanity. Anthropologically, they are the pleasures that carried life forward and sustained us through the sometimes dark days of our own evolution.

Fiji has evolved vastly in her appreciation and love for wine. A small piece of paradise with wines from around the world. In my little wine appreciation article, I introduce Chile a wine region blessed with near perfect seclusion. The formidable natural boundaries exists an almost Eden-like environment for grapes.

The warm, dry, brightly sunny days recall the Mediterranean. And thanks to the country's physical isolation, there are very few vine diseases and pests, obviating the need for almost all sprays and chemical treatments. In short, grape-growing conditions are so ideal, the cost of vineyard land and labour is so reasonable, and serviceable wines are so easy to make that Chile has become one of the world's leading producers of value wines.

Fiji's premier distributor of beers, wines, and spirits, Punjas Wines & Spirits imports Cono Sur Wines - Awarded 2017 Chilean Wine Producer of the Year: Accoladed by IWSC (International Wines & Spirits Competition). Cono Sur Vineyards & Winery was founded in 1993, with the vision of producing premium, expressive and innovative wines that convey the spirit of the new world. The name refers to the company's geographic position, representing wines proudly made in South America's Southern Cone, on whose western edge lies Chile and its gifted wine valleys.

In 2010 the winery was the first winery in the world to receive the CarbonNeutral delivery Status. For Cono Sur, the commitment with the environment goes hand-in-hand with the production of high quality wines.

The range will be exclusively available at selective NEWWORLD IGA liquor stores nationally.

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