Carignan wine

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…

Fine Chilean wine for a special occasion?

Fine Chilean wine for a special occasion?

Looking to splash out on a fine Chilean wine for a special occasion?  I recently went along to a premium winetasting event organized by Vinoteca at the Sheraton Miramar in Viña del Mar. The following wines were among the highlights. De Martino Limárvida 2011, Maule Valley. (Retails in Chile at $17,000) Old vine Malbec from…

Talking volcanic wine with Ben Gordon

Talking volcanic wine with Ben Gordon

The setting sun was casting an orange glow as I met with Ben Gordon outside a café in the Las Condes business district of Santiago. An affable British expat, he has been Managing Director of Bodega Volcanes de Chile since January and I asked him how it was going. “Really well so far,” he…

Carne Mechada: Braised stuffed beef in tomato sauce

You know those dishes so ingrained into local culinary culture that everyone will swear that their own recipe is the right one, such as paella in Spain or pumpkin pie in the States? Well, here in Chile, one such dish is Carne Mechada, a piece of stewing beef stuffed with vegetables and slowly braised…