Category Courtney in Chile

Meat and vegetables on the grill at Kingston Family Vineyards

Pisco Sours and Asados: Summer in Chile

The Pisco Sour Just about every craft cocktail lover we meet in the US attributes the pisco sour to Peru. But don’t tell Chileans that. The heart of the slushy cold beverage, pisco, is actually the national spirit of both countries, and there’s a long-standing rivalry between the nations over which country invented it — […]

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 […]

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 […]

Atacama: A Desert Oasis

If you’re a looking for a spectacular vacation destination where you can simultaneously recharge your batteries and explore an other-worldly natural habitat, we think the Atacama Desert is an excellent choice. Atacama is one of Chile’s “travel trifecta”, along with Patagonia and The Lake District, and is home to a natural marvel, the San Pedro oasis. Surrounded […]

Kingston Family Vineyards Blog-Torres del Paine by andrea frascari

Explore Patagonia

When choosing a name for his outdoor clothing business, Patagonia founder Yvon Chouinard wanted something that evoked a sense of someplace faraway – somewhere that was “not quite on the map.” With the immense popularity of his company’s products – which prominently feature Patagonia’s mountains on the logo – he quickly put the remote region […]

Vulcán Osorno over Lago Llanquihue by payayita

Seven Days in Chile’s Lake District

Over the years our family has had many opportunities to explore Chile – first as kids, later as young adults and now, as parents. Last year we had the good fortune to travel to the country’s three most popular destinations: The Lake District, Patagonia and The Atacama Desert. Our vacations were filled with many memorable adventures, amazing […]

A New Look for Kingston Wine Labels

Courtney Kingston is the president of Kingston Family Vineyards. While she usually lives in northern California, this year she, her husband Andy Pflaum, and their three daughters are living in Santiago, Chile. This past year was our 10th vintage at Kingston Family Vineyards.  We’ve been farming in the Casablanca Valley for five generations, and our […]