Colchagua Valley

Weekend wine: Sierras de Bellavista Pinot Noir

Weekend wine: Sierras de Bellavista Pinot Noir

Imagine it’s a cool spring evening and you’re sitting outdoors watching the sun sink into the Pacific Ocean…What kind of wine would you choose for this special moment? For something a little different, how about the raspberry- and toffee-scented Sierras de Bellavista Pinot Noir? It’s a refreshing, light-bodied red with plenty of personality from a small…

Fiestas patrias: BBB Chilean Cabernet Sauvignon

Fiestas patrias: BBB Chilean Cabernet Sauvignon

For anyone looking for a good-value red wine to raise a glass or two to celebrate Chile’s Independence Day on 18 September, here are some suggestions. For this tasting, we deliberately selected BBB Chilean Cabernet Sauvignon wines. (BBB is a much-loved Chilean term denoting “bueno, bonito y barato” – good, attractive and cheap).  All six wines…

Sweet wines 2 – Late Harvest Wines

Sweet wines 2 – Late Harvest Wines

In the last post we looked at how sophisticated and versatile sweet wines can be, combining with different types of food and making for a delicious aperitif or after-dinner drink. Many sweet wines are made with grapes that are much sweeter than normal. In fact, they are so sweet that the fermentation stops naturally before…

Chilean Sauvignon Blanc Tasting Results

Chilean Sauvignon Blanc Tasting Results

Not for nothing is Sauvignon Blanc one of the world’s favourite white wine varieties. For many people this aromatic wine with its zesty acidity is the drink of choice to accompany salads, fish and shellfish dishes or as an appetizer. And let’s face it, what could be more refreshing than watching the sun go…

Mid-price Chilean Cabernet Sauvignon

Mid-price Chilean Cabernet Sauvignon

Are you looking for a good-quality, affordable Cabernet Sauvignon? Wondering how to choose from among the barrage of Chilean reds lining the shelves in supermarkets and wine stores?  In preparation for Chile’s national holiday on 18 September, a group of 8 people recently got together to blind taste 6 Chilean Cabernet Sauvignon wines that…

Budget Chilean Cabernet Sauvignon

Budget Chilean Cabernet Sauvignon

18 September – Chilean independence day – is one of the most important dates in the Chilean calendar. The national mood always lightens with the arrival of September and the first signs of spring – longer days, warmer weather and the gardens bursting into flower.  And so the people of Chile start stocking up on…