Thursday, June 6, 2013

The Pisco: One of the favorite legacies from Peru to the world

Since the beginning of civilization there was no party without a good banquet and a shameful amount
of alcohol. The man discovered and developed the fermentation process of any fruit or vegetable from its sugar can form an alcoholic beverage. The Scots are proud of their whiskey, Cuban rum and its Russian boasts the power and flavor of the best vodka in the world. Peru, one of the cradles of the development of Latin America, could not fail to have their famous drink, derived from one of the most famous vine in the world: the Pisco.
In Peru and other countries, pisco is an appellation of origin that is reserved for the alcoholic beverage belonging to a variety of grape brandy produced in Peru since the late sixteenth century. Distillate is typical of this country, wine made from certain grapes fermented (Vitis vinifera), whose value has crossed its borders, as evidenced by the records of shipments made through the port of Pisco to Europe and other parts of Latin since the seventeenth century, such as England, Spain, Portugal, Guatemala, Panama, and the United States of America, from the mid-nineteenth century.
Products is one of the Peruvian flag and only occurs on the coast (to 2,000 m) in the departments of Lima, Ica, Arequipa, Moquegua and Tacna. Peru's pisco is made from pure grape juice and is completely different from the grape brandies made in other parts of the world. Johnny Schuler, pisco in history, says: "Peru is the only manufacturer that uses the juice and must, as all others use them to produce their wines, re-hydrate, ferment and distill the residual (marc, marc .) The Italian grappa, marc tzipouro Spanish or Greek, are made with skins. Herein lies the character of pisco in Peru. Their aromatic structure and complexity in the mouth.
features that differentiate it from other grape spirits world "
The birth of pisco
Initially, grape production was destined only to wine making, but gradually also made its way brandy. According to Peruvian historian Lorenzo Huertas, the grape brandy production in Peru would have begun in late sixteenth century
In the Archivo General de Indias is a request made by Jerome Loaysa and others to "people in the Pisco valley under certain conditions," which was approved by the Spanish Crown on February 10, 1575 and was the first time an official document that shows the name "Pisco"
Anecdotally, Emilio Romero Peruvian researcher notes that in 1580, Sir Francis Drake (English privateer known) entered the port of Pisco and demanded a ransom for the prisoners who took her, the villagers to complete the ransom was paid with 300 jars of liquor in the area.
The first identification of the place brandy - "Pisco brandy" - it would have been done in 1630 by the Spanish peninsular Francisco Lopez de Caravantes, to exhibit on their "Relationship" manuscript is preserved and is dated in 1630, that " Pisco Valley, remains the most abundant of excellent wines from all over Peru.

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