Saturday, February 27, 2010

Puro Chile

I've been wanting to write this post for weeks now and just never gotten around to it, so when I woke up this morning and read the horrible news about the 8.8 quake that has just hit Chile this seemed like the right thing to write about today.

A couple of weeks ago I was walking down Center street and noticed this large (ish) store called Puro Chile it's an odd high bred type store with a very stylish wine store adjacent to it (separated by a glass wall). In addition to having a lot of tourist information they have large shelves stocked with Chilean olive and avocado oil, preserves and other traditional food stuffs.

The wine store is very modern and sleek with an exhaustive selection of Chilean wine (it also has a separate entrance). The thing that most struck me about Puro Chile is how it's so much more then just a specialty shop, it's really a cultural center of sorts with lots of information about all things Chilean, whether it's about planning a trip or learning more about carmenere grapes.

It may be a small gesture, but I'm heading out now to buy some Chilean wine for dinner and would certainly encourage you to stop in as I'm sure they will have lots of information on how to offer aid in the days and weeks to come.

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