Pisco maestro Don Claudio (Drive Day 166: Dec 12th, 2003)

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1212a.jpgDon Claudio too has driven the day’s journey south of Pisco to his ranch – just to meet us. He gives us a tour of the concrete fermentation tanks and the copper contraption called an alambique that distills the liquid. He is a gallant, gracious host with Italian origins who recovers from a pulled tooth by joining us in a taste sampling of his finest varieties.

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The sun sets over draping grape terraces and sand dunes and we decide that this is the most beautiful campground in South America.

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