Chile is one of the most unique countries in the world for making wine thanks to the diversity of its geography. Its sprawling coastline, rolling plains, mountainous regions, and glaciers that border its southern tip make Chile one of the most interesting places to make red, white, rosé, and even sparkling wine in the world.
With a global footprint that stretches from Burgundy to New Zealand, Pinot Noir is among the world’s most prized grape varieties. Despite the variety’s notoriously finicky reputation, winemakers are expanding their Pinot Noir plantings, bringing light reds to more tables worldwide. Historically, France, California, and Oregon tended to dominate conversations about Pinot Noir, while South […]
In typical stuck-up sommelier fashion, I’m always skeptical of big-name wineries. If a winery has gained acclaim among the masses, does it really produce high-quality wine, or has it drifted across the line into large-scale production devoid of character? Knowing the prevalence across the U.S. of Cousiño-Macul, one of the first Chilean producers embraced by American […]
Bordeaux, Napa Valley, Tuscany. These are undoubtedly the world’s best-known wine-growing regions. But look beyond the clichéd mainstays and you’ll see that one of the most exciting, diverse, and rapidly expanding grape-growing epicenters is actually below the equator. Way below. For years, Chile has provided the world with a wealth of Cabernet Sauvignons, Chardonnays, Merlots, […]
Ten years ago, if you traveled to any wine region and visited its cellars, you’d likely find a barrel hall stacked high with small oak barrels. Not anymore. Now you’ll find these small oak barrels, called barriques, alongside a variety of others. Even the most traditional cellars might also have a concrete egg or two, […]
Putting the “international” in international grape variety, Cabernet Sauvignon is found all over the world. Chilean Cabernet Sauvignon, however, manages to be entirely representative of both the grape and the region in which it is grown. First brought to the country from France in the 19th century, Cabernet Sauvignon can be bottled either as a […]
Sauvignon Blanc is one of the most distinctive wines around. Blind tastings can challenge even top wine pros but, if Sauvignon Blanc is in the glass, there’s a pretty good chance that you’ll be able to identify it by its sharp, grassy smell. Although Sauvignon Blanc is one of the world’s most common grapes, it […]
Chile’s geology and climate are perfect for making wine. With the ocean on one side and the Andes on the other, Chile’s vineyards get the benefit of salty winds and cooling airs, plus wide day-to-night fluctuations — perfect conditions for grape growing. And yet, up until the mid-’80s, the wine produced in Chile was by […]
You’re browsing the wine shelf at your local wine store. You pass bottles from France, Italy, California, Spain. You see the usuals, but you want something different, something special. If that’s the case, keep walking. Stop when you spot the Chilean section. Chilean wine, no matter what you think about the taste, is special.