chile

Here’s Your Visual Guide to Chilean Wine [INFOGRAPHIC]

Here’s Your Visual Guide to Chilean Wine [INFOGRAPHIC]

If you’re seeing more Chilean wines on the store shelves, you’re not imagining it: Chilean wine is having a moment. Exports have quadrupled in the last decade and the planted area has nearly doubled to a staggering 130,000 hectares under vine. Today, Chile has an estimated 8,000 producers creating masterpieces with their top four grapes: […]

Continue Reading

Tags: , , , , , , ,

Albamar Chardonnay 2017, Casablanca Valley, Chile

Albamar Chardonnay 2017, Casablanca Valley, Chile

For the most part, Chardonnay is aged in oak barrels, the wood providing a level of interest and complexity that usually doesn’t exist in unoaked Chardonnays. The danger, of course, is that the oak can take over the wine with overpowering notes of butterscotch, vanilla, and other flavors that the wood can impart, especially new […]

Continue Reading

Tags: ,

Style Guide: The World’s Best Places for Growing Cabernet Sauvignon

Style Guide: The World’s Best Places for Growing Cabernet Sauvignon

Cabernet Sauvignon is an international success story, planted in almost every wine region worldwide. Its widespread popularity is a result of the grape’s remarkable versatility. One of the nine noble red varieties, Cabernet Sauvignon is equally impressive in blends and single varietal wines, and produces remarkable wines across all price points. The Bordeaux-native variety was […]

Continue Reading

Tags: , , , , , ,

Here’s Everything You Need to Know About Chilean Wine

Here’s Everything You Need to Know About Chilean Wine

Chile may be a New World country, but don’t call its wine industry young. While there has been an explosion of quality Chilean wine appearing stateside over the past 30 years, its first grapevines were planted as early as the 1500s. European immigrants brought more varieties, particularly from Bordeaux, to Chile in the 1800s. Until […]

Continue Reading

Tags: , , , , , , , , ,

A Complete Introduction to the Wines of Chile: MAP

A Complete Introduction to the Wines of Chile: MAP

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.

Continue Reading

Tags: , , , , , , , ,

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 […]

Continue Reading

Tags: , , ,

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 […]

Continue Reading

Tags: , , ,

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, […]

Continue Reading

Tags: , , , , , , , ,