Author Archives: Kingston Family Vineyards

Our cellar master, Manu, inside the press cleaning out the skins from our freshly pressed Sauvignon Blanc

Our Best Vintage Yet: Patience Pays Off

As I write this post, Byron and I are flying south to join Amael and our crew for the 2017 harvest. This is Byron’s and my fifteenth vintage making handcrafted wines on our family’s century-old farm in Chile’s Casablanca Valley. It’s striking (and humbling) to look back and realize how far we’ve come. Fifteen years […]

A view over Santiago from Cerro San Cristobal

Santiago’s Imaginative Food Scene: Where to Eat Now

We’ve discovered that many travelers to Santiago expect a “South American” vibe similar to what you might find in Peru or Ecuador. Usually people are surprised to discover that the city feels more European than Latin American. Situated at the base of the dramatic Andes, one of Santiago’s most notable features is its penchant for […]

Our 2014 Bayo Oscuro and Lucero with our new release 2015 CJ's Barrel, Alazan and Tobiano Pinot Noir

Our 96 Point Fall Release

It’s been a busy few weeks leading up to today’s fall release but we’re pleased it is here and we can finally share our 2015 Alazan Pinot Noir (150 cases) and 2015 Tobiano Pinot Noir (275 cases) now available on our website.   Our Old Corral Club members have already received their early allocations, along […]

CJ Kingston's chicken recipe served with Cariblanco

CJ Kingston’s Chicken Recipe

On occasion we come across tasty family recipes from years past that show a piece of our family’s history.  The one below, which we’ve dubbed CJ’s Chicken, is the first of many we hope to share going forward. This particular recipe was a favorite of CJ Kingston II, (not to be confused with his namesake, Carl John […]

A skier skiing down at sunset at Ski Arpa Chile

Skiing the Chilean Way

In the past few years our family has been fortunate to travel to two of Chile’s remarkable ski areas – Portillo, the country’s oldest and best-known ski resort, and Farellones, a mountain village surrounded by three ski areas collectively known as Tres Valles. While we’re more than happy to take a few runs when we […]

Three cats on a hot tin roof

Cats on Hot Tin Roofs: A Visit to Valparaíso

When deciding which travel destinations to write about for this blog, we’ve chosen to focus on those that are uniquely Chilean and unlike anywhere else in the world. Valparaiso is one such place. With its brightly painted buildings, abundant street art, crazy steep hills, Bohemian vibe, wiring that would cause a U.S. building inspector to […]

Kingston Family Vineyards-Amael in the winery

Meet Our New Winemaker: Amael Orrego

Last July we welcomed a new winemaker, Amael Orrego, to head up our family’s winery in Chile. Amael joined us from Viñedos Emiliana, a well-respected organic winery located in nearby Colchagua, a few hours’ drive south of Santiago. Thanks to the introduction by a trusted friend and winemaker, our first meeting was over coffee where […]