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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…

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…

Toast Chilean Wine Day with a glass of País wine

Toast Chilean Wine Day with a glass of País wine

4 September is Chilean National Wine Day and what better way to celebrate than with a glass of País wine, the country’s most traditional variety? This is the easy-to-grow, drought-resistant grape variety that centuries ago the Spanish missionaries took with them to new countries to ensure they had wine to celebrate Mass. In the…

Weekend wine: Wildmakers Sabatico 2014

Weekend wine: Wildmakers Sabatico 2014

Wildmakers Sabatico 2014 is a fresh and fruity eco-friendly red wine well worth checking out.  It’s a blend of Carignan and Grenache made by Catalan winemaker Luca Hogkinson and his Chilean partner, José Miguel Sotomayor. They call themselves Wildmakers because they aim to produce wines that are as natural as possible and that really express the grapes and…

Weekend wine: Huaso de Sauzal Garnacha 2013

Weekend wine: Huaso de Sauzal Garnacha 2013

It was such a lovely surprise that I had to share this wine with you. Grenache (Garnacha in Spanish) wines generally come from hot places like Spain, the Rhône and Australia. They can be high in alcohol, rather short on acidity and, as this is a thin-skinned variety, light on colour and tannins. All-in-all, there…