Food with wine

Fiestas patrias: choosing the right chorizo

Fiestas patrias: choosing the right chorizo

Chile’s Independence Day celebrations, the Fiestas Patrias, are fast approaching. This is Chile’s favourite celebration, several days when everyone eats, drinks and parties without restraint. Work for most people will grind to a halt this coming Friday, 15 September and by Friday evening, people up and down the country will have fired up their barbecues. A much-loved…

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…

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…

Cabernet Sauvignon is the wine of choice

Cabernet Sauvignon is the wine of choice

There is more Cabernet Sauvignon planted in the world than any other variety: 290,000 hectares in 2010. It’s the number one variety in Chile and, with over 40,000 hectares dedicated to this variety, Chile has the second largest area of Cabernet Sauvignon vineyards in the world, after France, the birthplace of this traditional grape.…

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…

Charming Porto

Charming Porto

Porto charmed me from the moment I landed in the modern airport and took the very smooth, modern metro to the city centre. It’s a matter-of-fact city that receives tourists with an urbane, friendly attitude, without being cloying, and goes calmly about its daily business. This is a place that seems comfortable with itself.…