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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…

Weekend wine: T.H. Carmenere 2015, Peumo

Weekend wine: T.H. Carmenere 2015, Peumo

Here’s a velvety-smooth wine to toast Chile’s Fiestas Patrias in style or bring comforting warmth to a cool evening. Carmenère has a special association with Chile, because back in 1994, when swathes of vines were discovered among what Chilean growers had thought were Merlot, it was a variety that had been almost forgotten. In fact, though you…

Weekend wine: Veramonte Red blend 2016

Weekend wine: Veramonte Red blend 2016

Looking for a comforting wine to cheer up a cool evening? A juicy red to go with steak or oven-roasted aubergine and pumpkin? Well Veramonte Red blend may well fit the bill. Nothing subtle and restrained here; this is a deep purple fruit-bomb of a wine, with exuberant sweet aromas of raspberries, blueberries, blackberries, plums and…

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: Lafken Gewürztraminer 2015

Weekend wine: Lafken Gewürztraminer 2015

“If you want your wine all polite and well-mannered, you shouldn’t really be drinking Gewürztraminer at all. The magic of Gewürztraminer only really shines out when its sumptuous, exotic perfumes make your head spin and your thoughts go giddy with desire.” I couldn’t agree more with this quote from Oz Clarke*. These days if…