Casablanca Valley

Celebrating Chilean sparkling wines

Celebrating Chilean sparkling wines

Every year, we get a group of people together to nobly taste their way through a selection of Chilean sparkling wines to choose the ones they like the most. This year 10 people of 4 different nationalities rose to the challenge and checked out 6 premium, in-bottle fermented sparkling wines (3 white, 3 rosé)…

Vinoteca walkaround tasting

Vinoteca walkaround tasting

The golden glow of the late afternoon sun and deep blue backdrop of the Pacific Ocean provided an inviting ambience for the Vinoteca walkaround tasting Noche de Copas at the Sheraton Miramar in Viña del Mar on Friday. Summer-clad locals and tourists strolled from stand to stand, tasting a broad range of wines. The…

Sauvignon Blanc wine in the spotlight

Sauvignon Blanc wine in the spotlight

Aren’t these big, juicy clusters of Sauvignon Blanc grapes beautiful? Can you believe that they are the raw material for one of the world’s favourite white wines? In fact, Sauvignon Blanc wine is second only to Chardonnay in terms of global white wine popularity. No surprise then that, according to the OIV, it’s the…

Weekend wine: Ritual Sauvignon Blanc 2015

Weekend wine: Ritual Sauvignon Blanc 2015

Looking for a refreshing white wine for the weekend? An appetiser to welcome the weekend or an accompaniment for fish or salad perhaps? Well, Ritual Sauvignon Blanc is a crisp, fresh and fruity wine with plenty of personality and more body and complexity than many other Sauvignon Blanc wines. A nice way to wind…

Weekend wine: Veramonte Red blend 2016

Weekend wine: Veramonte Red blend 2016

Looking for a comforting wine to cheer up a cool evening? A juicy red to go with steak or oven-roasted aubergine and pumpkin? Well Veramonte Red blend may well fit the bill. Nothing subtle and restrained here; this is a deep purple fruit-bomb of a wine, with exuberant sweet aromas of raspberries, blueberries, blackberries, plums and…

Weekend wine: Loma Larga Cabernet Franc 2014

Weekend wine: Loma Larga Cabernet Franc 2014

Looking for a wine with some oomph for the weekend? Well, here’s one I can wholeheartedly recommend: Loma Larga Cabernet Franc 2014.  I must confess that Cabernet Franc has become one of my favourite varieties of late. It may be more subtle than its flashy offspring Cabernet Sauvignon but it’s beautifully aromatic and quite versatile.…

The rich fruitiness of Malbec wine

The rich fruitiness of Malbec wine

It may be a traditional French variety, but it is Argentina that has really put Malbec wine on the shopping list of red wine lovers in recent years. Malbec has come into its own in the warm climate of Argentina, where it can ripen fully, making richly comforting, fruity red wines that pair well…