Archive for the ‘Chile’ Category

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One South American Company + Three Unique Malbecs = What Established Three Different Prices

Wines of the Week It’s pretty interesting when one starts a wine business. I’ve taken more than a few people through this process. First the owners have a few bottles to sell (between 200 to 500 cases). The price is set and off they go. As they grow, they’ve got this and that they need […]

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Roses to Write Home About

éé Wines of the Week Rosés, our most delicious wines for the spring and the summer season ahead, I love them… True confession: It wasn’t until I tasted Sutter Home’s White Zin that I finally got wine. Had I not been trying to love Merlots as my entry wine, I wouldn’t have needed something with […]

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Thanksgiving Wines ~ What Our Immigrant Forefather Would Have Brought, If Only…

If you’re of Native American descent, your forefathers arrived first on the North American continent. Once the Bering Strait had waters receding, people migrated from both Asia and Northeastern Europe. Who were the first ancient settlers to arrive and cultivate California, for instance?  The Central Pomo people, who immigrated to California more than 8,000 years […]

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Wines of the Week ~ Concha y Toro Gran Reserva Series

[Image from the Concha y Toro collection] From Concha y Toro’s Fine Wine Collection; the top of this line ~ The Gran Reserva Serie Riberas. The winemaker for this series is Mario Miranda, who has a degree in Agricultural Engineering with a mention in Enology from the Universidad de Talca. A true global winemaker, Mario’s […]

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Es Rosé, José… un Estelado de Chilé!

That’s what I’ve been saying all spring into summer, “It’s Rosé, José,” and this time it was an Estelado from Miguel Torres de Chilé! Olé! A list of what’s been pouring in, in an unprecedented amount… 2015 Masi Rosa dei Masi Rosato Delle Venezie 2015 The Seeker Rosé Côtes de Provence 2015 Alta Vista Rosé […]

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Wine of the Week ~ 2014 Reserva Casillero del Diablo Carménère

I love Carménère, especially when it comes from Chile.  Chile has over 460 years of wine heritage. When the Spanish arrived in sixteenth century, there was no phylloxera Chilean vine rootstock (at the time) grew own-rooted, which turned out to be a valuable genetic material. This allowed Carménère to thrive hidden among Merlot vines for […]

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Wine of the Week ~ 2015 Casillero del Diablo Chardonnay from Chile

Consistently tasty wine from Casillero del Diablo is something you can bank on as a great value, I don’t care what varietal grape it is. When it retails for $8 in the US (average, not the same pricing in PA or Puerto Rico, for instance), it’s an easy crowd pleaser.

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Wine of the Week ~ 2015 Casillero del Diablo Sauvignon Blanc from Chile

And you think that New Zealand has cornered the market on Sauvignon Blanc’s claw factor? Think again, friends. I just tasted a 2015 Casillero del Diablo Sauvignon Blanc from Chile, and it rivals anything I’ve tasted and really enjoyed from New Zealand, for instance. Also, I love the new bottles. Fun and so Millennial. Diablo… […]

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Wine of the Week ~ Super Bowl 50 Wines

Football fan or not, Super Bowl is a great excuse to party. And, since Super Bowl 50 is going to last for an entire day of celebrating, I’m moving away from just one wine for the wine of the week recommendation, into a couple of wines. If having wine rules with your crowd, I’ve got […]

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Don Melchor ~ A highly performing wine from Chile ~ Wine of the Week

When I look at its history, I see that Don Melchor is a high performance wine. Would I like to taste it? Indeed, bring it on. I received the 2011 Don Melchor Cabernet Sauvignon, Puente Alto Vineyard for review. This wine is kicking off my 2016 wine blog project… Wine of the Week. 2011 Don […]