Casas del Bosque

Sweet wines 4 – Wines with botrytis or noble rot

Sweet wines 4 – Wines with botrytis or noble rot

In the last three posts, we’ve looked at some of the ways of making sweet wines, particularly by using extra-sweet grapes. There is one other type of very sweet grapes, which are used to make some of the world’s most sophisticated, complex and expensive wines. These are grapes affected by botrytis or noble rot. Botrytis cinerea is…

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…

Chilean Wine Day in Valparaíso Region

Chilean Wine Day in Valparaíso Region

Raise your glass because 4 September is Chilean National Wine Day and there are events all over Chile to celebrate. Here are some of the activities taking place in the Casablanca and Aconcagua Valleys. Tastings in Casablanca The Cafetería Entre Cepas on the main square in Casablanca (Plaza de Armas) is opening its doors…

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…

Tour review: Casas del Bosque

Tour review: Casas del Bosque

Casas del Bosque is well set up for tourism. There is a restaurant, shop, two outdoor seating areas, one of them a bar area beside the vines. There are bicycles available, or you can just do a tasting or go for a picnic.  They clearly work at coming up with seasonal attractions, for instance you can…