There is nothing sadder or scarier than riot cops, but modern day, post-Shining Path Peru is full of them. It is also full of guardedly optimistic locals who believe the best days are ahead. We meet four of them at a lunch we’ve been invited to by the friends of a friend back in Maryland. And they insist that we sample their cousin Don Claudio’s pisco. Which soothes Peru’s rough edges and refocuses the mind on finer things. Like the ranch where he grows the grapes. Another invite we cannot refuse, so we leave Lima behind and begin the long drive south to Pisco.
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