Peru, Chile Still Sour Over Pisco

Peru, Chile Still Sour Over Pisco

SpoonFed: Via ABC News

A centuries-old spirit from South America is experiencing a renaissance in bars across America, reviving with it an equally old argument regarding its origin. Welcome to the pisco wars of 2013.

The birthplace of pisco — a grape brandy created by Spanish settlers during the 16th century — has long been a point of contention between Peru and Chile, which both lay claim to it.

“The Spanish brought to the territory of the Inca empire not only the art of winemaking, but also the art of distilling,” said Claudia Olmedo, a Chilean pisco sommelier. “In the northern, semi-arid region of Chile they found special conditions to produce the spirit, including the climate, artisan labor, clay to make containers, and, of course, copper to make the alembic pot stills.”

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