Category Archives: Chile

Ten Astounding Things We Learned About Chilean Wine

We recently traveled to diverse parts of Chile to learn what’s new in Chilean wine. We saw vineyards being planted in extreme locations, adventurous young winemakers experimenting with new grape varieties and winemaking techniques, and a Chilean wine industry that … Continue reading

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Twenty-Five Years of Concha y Toro’s Don Melchor Cabernet Sauvignon: 1988-2013

First made in 1987, Don Melchor is Chile’s original icon wine. We recently tasted several vintages between 1988 and 2013 as part of our research for Report #60 Chile’s Premium Wine Revolution.  The surprising results of the tasting are given at … Continue reading

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De Martino and Sadie Family: Old Vine Cinsault from Two Outstanding Winemakers in Chile and South Africa

In preparing our Chile and South Africa reports over the years, we’ve been privileged to meet and taste with Marcelo Retamal of Chile’s De Martino Winery and Eben Sadie of South Africa’s Sadie Family Winery. These outstanding winemakers seek out … Continue reading

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Viña Ventisquero: Wines from Chile’s New Wine Frontiers

Viña Ventisquero is one of Chile’s top wineries leading the search for new terroirs in the Atacama Desert and elsewhere. We recently sat down with Felipe Toso, Ventisquero’s lead winemaker, to taste several new releases at Washington DC’s Rural Society … Continue reading

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French-Trained Chilean Winemakers: New Releases from Antiyal, Apaltagua, Domus Aurea, Maquis

No country in the Americas has been so strongly influenced by French winemaking as Chile. Aspiring Chilean winemakers go to France to study enology or work the harvests. And French winemakers and winemaking consultants go to Chile to make wine. … Continue reading

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New Casa Silva Releases from Chile’s Colchagua Valley

The oldest winery in Chile’s Colchagua Valley, Viña Casa Silva is also one of its most innovative, especially when it comes to Chile’s signature grape Carménère. We visited Casa Silva while preparing our report on The Chilean Wine Revolution, so … Continue reading

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The Carménères of Chile’s Concha y Toro

Carménère is on a roll. It is now one of the most popular varieties in Chile with over 9 thousand hectares planted. In terms of its rapid growth, Carménère is beginning to resemble another Bordeaux varietal that does much better … Continue reading

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Chilean Carménère: Selections from Apaltagua, Calcu, and Maquis

It was only 20 years ago that Carménère was “discovered” by the French ampelographer Jean Michel Boursiquot. Today, Carménère is one of Chile’s signature varieties with 8827 hectares of vines. It produces both single varietal and red blends of distinction. … Continue reading

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Book Review: Wines of South America: The Essential Guide by Evan Goldstein

This book on South American wine (UC Press, 2014, $40) is a tour de force by Evan Goldstein.  It provides a comprehensive review of the grapes, growing regions, and important producers of the continent, from Venezuela’s Lake Maracaibo to Chile’s … Continue reading

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Loma Larga’s Cool Climate Wines from Chile’s Casablanca Valley

Located in Lo Ovalle, the coolest part of Chile’s Casablanca Valley just 15 miles from the ocean, Loma Larga has been the first winery in the valley to plant red varieties like Cabernet Franc, Malbec and Syrah, all self-rooted since … Continue reading

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