Puro Chile: Divine Wine Store

I was invited to an organic wine tasting at Puro Chile, and was delighted to discover New York’s first exclusively Chilean wine store on the corner of Grand and Centre Streets. The space was exquisitely designed, beautifully showcasing Chile’s eco-friendly wines on stainless steel shelves (photo left) and a sexy entry area/lounge (photo right). It was quite an elegant event, with exceptional food and wines. Chef Liz Caskey of Liz Caskey Culinary and Wine Experiences hosted the tasting, and demo’d a recipe for Tuna Ceviche. Her company specializes in tours to Latin America. I loved how it was served in little bowls, which tipped into your mouth allowing the bites of fish to slide in. Summer and ceviche go hand in hand, I highly recommend put this on the menu at your next get together. But, of course, first run down to the store and get some wines to accompany! See this link for more details and photos from the tasting.

1 1/2 pounds sashimi-grade fresh tuna
1/2 tablespoon brown sugar
3 tablespoons fresh lime juice
1 can (14 oz) unsweetened coconut milk
1 tablespoon freshly grated ginger
1/2 minced red onion (or shallot)
sea salt and black pepper
1-2 Chilean papayas (carica), finely chopped
4 tablespoons chopped cilantro
Red chili or sweet red pepper, slivered for garnish (optional)

Cut the tuna into 1/4-inch cubes.

In a bowl, whisk together the brown sugar and lime juice, until sugar is disolved. Add the coconut milk, ginger, and red onion. Toss in the tuna to coat, season with salt and pepper. Let stand for 30 minutes for flavors to meld. Fold in Chilean papaya. For cocktail parties, serve in Chinese porcelain spoons. Garnish with cilantro, and chili, if using.

Serves 4 as an appetizer, 16-20 as spoon “bites”. Serve with either a Pinot Noir or Chardonnay.

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