Attending the event at PURO CHILE was a fun evening and certainly reminded us of the incredible ordeal that gripped the world’s attention one year ago TODAY 13 OCTOBER 2011.
In 2010, rescuers in Chile raced to locate 33 miners trapped in the San José mine and lift them to safety through nearly half a mile of solid rock.
More than two months after the mine collapsed, the world watched as the men emerged one by one from a specially designed rescue capsule, looking healthy and joyous. This unlikely rescue is a tribute to the extraordinary teamwork of experts and officials from Chile and around the world.
Present and on display at PURO CHILE, was one the rescued capsules (that was on standby in case the original one malfunctioned). It was quite eerie to see it all shiny and clean, and at the same time remembering what it represented to the desperate trapped miners.
Guests were invited to climb inside and have their pictures taken, but somehow it just did not feel right, and nobody seemed to take the opportunity. Instead pictures were taken of guests standing beside it, thumbs up – in memory of their ordeal.
Here is the actual capsule – all bright and shiny. A tribute to Survival, Endurance and Hope.
Saveur Magazine and Puro Chile presented an opportunity to learn more about Chile as a travel destination, and the introduction to its wonderful wines. (Puro Chile 221 Centre Street, Soho, Manhatten New York, NY -Tel: 212-925-7876 )
Chile has a Mediterranean climate, dry and hot during the day, but cool at night. The consistent weather, irrigation from the Andes Mountains, and geographic isolation of the country’s wine growing valleys from pests and insects produces ripe, flavorful grapes year after year. Combine this with considerably lower land and labor costs (most of the grapes are hand-picked) than the French counterparts, you get wine that packs a punch to your palate.
We met exceedingly nice people who were warm and happy to tell us the differences between this Carmenere-Merlot blend and that 100% Carmenere wine. The wine store is smallish, but interesting and varied – from sparkling wines whites, roses, and reds to Chilean dessert wines and more expensive and collectible bottles (like that famous Clos Apalta from Casa Lapostolle….)
The wine racks are modern and sleek with rotating shelves and clear labels. The bright lighting emphasizes the rich array of jewel toned wine (from citrines to amber to deep red garnets) and causes the whole display to sparkle like modern stained glass. The fetching picture is accompanied by very reasonable prices, and delicious wine.
PURO CHILE Chef CAMILA MORENO did a sterling job supplying guests with delicious hors d’oeuvres with Chilean overtones., illustrating the amazing quality of Chilean food and pairing it with excellent Chilean wine. THANK YOU SAVEUR MAGAZINE AND PURO CHILE.
In memory of the rescued miners, their wonderful story of survival and endurance can be seen at the Smithsonian in Washintong DC.
The men say they simply did what they had to do to survive. “We followed orders and we respected everyone’s opinion so that nobody would feel like they were in desperation,” Rojas said in Spanish. “It was a terrible situation, but we controlled that and that’s why we are where we are.”
Rojas had three family members in the mine with him, and he’s perhaps best-known for proposing to his girlfriend immediately after being freed. The two are now married.
Urzúa and Rojas spoke at a workshop on leadership this past Tuesday, Oct. 11 (4:30-6 p.m.) at the Museum of Natural History’s Baird Auditorium.
Another special event Tuesday (7-9 p.m.) included a premiere of the documentary film “Chilean Mine Rescue” and an appearance from the filmakers and a Smithsonian Channel exec.
Both men said they hope their experience will show the world that in a dark place, it’s important to never stop searching for the light at the end of the tunnel — whether literally or figuratively.
The Boston.com featured a wonderful pictorial of their ordeal, survival and rescue.