San Antonio Valley

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…

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…

Anyone for Chilean Pinot Noir?

Anyone for Chilean Pinot Noir?

Boring and one-dimensional or sublime and velvety?  I have a confession to make: I used to think that Pinot Noir was dull; a strawberry-scented, flabby drink for lightweight wine consumers. I had to think again when I realised that some people really rave about it and that, in fact, it is used to make some of…

Chilean chips and sparkling wine

Chilean chips and sparkling wine

Feel like it’s time to relax and let the worries of the week wash away with good conversation, good wine and good food? Here is a nice, easy recipe if you are looking for inspiration. I love to use the fabulous purple, blue and stripey potatoes from Chiloé, an island just off the coast…

Casa Marín wine tasting

Casa Marín Cipreses Sauvignon Blanc 2014 Pale lemon-green, clean. Lovely nose of passion fruit, pineapple and pink grapefruit. Good acidity, light-bodied, nice and fruity with a citrus zing and a delectable minerality in the aftertaste.  This is a Sauvignon Blanc that can be enjoyed on its own but will also combine well with a…

Tour review: Casa Marín

Tour review: Casa Marín

Casa Marín is a small, family winery which produces some outstanding wines.  I liked the personalized feel of the tour and the opportunity to ask questions about the grape-growing process in particular. I was a little disappointed by the tasting session. Overall score out of  7/10.   Details: Cost $23,000 per person for the…