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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)…

Sparkling wines for the festive season

Sparkling wines for the festive season

It’s that time of year again when we all get into a flurry of Christmas shopping, seasonal cooking and planning for the perfect Christmas and New Year celebrations. Sparkling wine for the festive season features high on the shopping list and there’s an ever bigger range to choose from. So here’s a handy guide…

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…

Easy-drinking Chilean Pinot Noir

Easy-drinking Chilean Pinot Noir

Looking for a lighter wine that works as an appetiser or goes well with turkey, salmon or a cheese-based vegetarian dish? Chilean Pinot Noir could be a good option.  This is a wine people either love or hate – partly because it varies tremendously and there are some really awful PN wines out there – but…

Chardonnay tasting

Chardonnay tasting

An international group of women winelovers recently got together in two separate sessions in Santiago and Concón, Chile, to check out a range of Chardonnays and see how Chilean Chardonnays compare to those from other countries. These were the findings from our Chardonnay tasting: 1) Two wines from Chablis in Burgundy, which is famed for…

Sparkling wine tasting panel results

Sparkling wine tasting panel results

A group of 10 people of 6 different nationalities recently got together to blind taste 6 different Brut/Extra Brut wines retailing at under 10,000 Chilean pesos (£10 / US$15) and score them out of 10.  We then calculated the average score for each wine to determine their ranking. Here are the results: All photos courtesy of Alexandra…