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These South American Pinot Noirs Have Sonoma-Style Complexity at Half the Price

These South American Pinot Noirs Have Sonoma-Style Complexity at Half the Price

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 […]

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Cousiño-Macul ‘Finis Terrae’ 2012

Cousiño-Macul ‘Finis Terrae’ 2012

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 […]

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Tasting The Unexpected: Why Wine Professionals Can’t Get Enough of Chilean Wine

Tasting The Unexpected: Why Wine Professionals Can’t Get Enough of Chilean Wine

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, […]

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Winemakers Need to Think Big Instead of Chasing Trends in the Cellar

Winemakers Need to Think Big Instead of Chasing Trends in the Cellar

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, […]

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An Illustrated Guide to Cabernet Sauvignon From Chile

An Illustrated Guide to Cabernet Sauvignon From Chile

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 […]

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Review: Viña Leyda ‘Garuma’ Reserva Sauvignon Blanc 2015

Review: Viña Leyda ‘Garuma’ Reserva Sauvignon Blanc 2015

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 […]

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Is Chile’s Troubled Past the Reason Its Wine’s Future Is So Bright?

Is Chile’s Troubled Past the Reason Its Wine’s Future Is So Bright?

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 […]

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Flank Steak With Pebre Sauce And Chilean Cabernet Sauvignon [Video]

Flank Steak With Pebre Sauce And Chilean Cabernet Sauvignon [Video]

Flank steak is not only one of the cheaper cuts of beef; it’s also one of the simplest to make absolutely delicious. In this recipe, we’re heading to Chile to get inspired by their fantastic wines and cuisine. We wanted to create a steak that would be right at home either in a hip restaurant in Santiago […]

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