Category Archives: Chile

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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Cabernet Franc Selections from Chile

Our recent tastings of five Chilean Cabernet Francs from producers in Casablanca and Colchagua suggests this variety is likely to become a more important part of Chile’s wine industry offerings in the near future. When we last travelled through Chile  for our Report … Continue reading

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Brazos Wine Imports: New Releases from Chile and Argentina

Last year we reported on our tasting of some terrific wines from Argentina being imported by a new U.S importer, Brazos Wine Imports.  Established in 2008 by two former wine distributors–Jonathan Chaplin (also, a sommelier) and Brian Ravitsky, Brazos Wine … Continue reading

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Chile’s Viña Apaltagua: New Releases

Viña Apaltagua makes some of Chile’s highest value wines, and  wines like its Signature Cabernet Sauvignon or Grial Carmenere show that it competes well at higher price levels, too.  We recently tasted Apaltagua’s newest releases.  For more on Apaltagua, see … Continue reading

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New Releases from William Cole Vineyards of Casablanca Valley

The William Cole Vineyards is a family-owned and managed winery started by Bill Cole. It has 129 hectares of vineyards in Chile’s cool climate Casablanca Valley, located just 45 kilometers from the Pacific.  Viviana Fonseca, a graduate of the University … Continue reading

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Viña Apaltagua: New Releases from Chile

Viña Apaltagua consistently delivers value for money, especially at the under $15 range. As readers of our last review of the Grial Carmenère know, it also makes wines of world class quality.  We review some of Apaltagua’s new releases below. … Continue reading

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Miguel Torres Santa Digna Estelado Rosé: Fair Trade Wine from Chile

Earlier this month we tasted a unique sparkling wine at the Wines of Chile Grand Tasting in New York. That wine is Fair Trade certified, made with the Western Hemisphere’s oldest wine grape, and developed specifically to aid small growers … Continue reading

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New Chilean Releases by Álvaro Espinoza: Antiyal, Kuyen, Coyam

When we last went to Chile we stopped by Antiyal, Álvaro Espinoza (pictured here) and Marina Ashton’s estate in Chile’s Upper Maipo Valley.  In the Chilean world of huge commercial wineries, Álvaro and Marina’s venture is unusual. Their estate is … Continue reading

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