A FEW YEARS ago some Chinese oenologists with almost no Spanish arrived in one of Chile’s most prestigious wine regions, the Colchagua Valley, to buy a vineyard. They were from Cofco, a big state-owned Chinese food and drink manufacturer whose Great Wall wines are quaffed by the country’s aspirant middle classes.
These are heady days for Roman Catholics in Latin America. For the first time, one of their own is serving as pope, providing a visible reminder of the importance the region plays in the global church.
Bonhams has carried out an auction of pre-Hispanic artifacts despite the objections of the Mexican government.
Fanning out across the barren altiplano at 13,000 feet, this city is one of the fastest-growing in South America. It’s going up so quickly it looks like it’s still in sketchbook form, as if no one had time to add any color.
Argentina may be the nation that gave tango to the world but the dance has been at risk of a quiet future in its homeland.