Carménère wine

10 of Chile’s top red wine varieties

10 of Chile’s top red wine varieties

Chile is now the world’s fourth biggest exporter of bottled wine and its wine industry is more dynamic and varied than ever before. Winemakers are now producing dry and sweet, still and sparkling, white, rosé, red and even the odd amber-coloured wine from more than 70 different varieties. However, red wines are still very…

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…

Koyle wine tasting at Vinoteca

Koyle wine tasting at Vinoteca

Many Chilean winemakers may be hailing 2016 as a difficult year, but biodynamic winemaker Cristóbal Undurraga says it’s been a good year at Koyle. He believes that when plants and their environment are in balance, they cope well with whatever conditions nature may bring. Last week Cristóbal presented some of his wines, including the latest…

Chile-based British expat Guy Hooper

Chile-based British expat Guy Hooper

Many people have a lawn in their front garden. Chile-based British expat Guy Hooper decided to plant vines instead: 626 of them in a surprisingly compact area, all red varieties: Carménère, Malbec, Petit Verdot and Syrah. When I visited, most of the grapes were going through the magical process of véraison, where they change colour from…

Get set for Carménère Day

Get set for Carménère Day

This Monday, 23 November, is Carménère Day, which sounds like a great excuse for a party! So why not get ahead and celebrate the weekend with a glass or two of this very quaffable red? This deep-coloured red wine pairs well with any red meat dish, including casseroles and barbecues, as well as spicy food, like…

Pizza and Chilean Carménère wine

Pizza and Chilean Carménère wine

  Do you find that by the time Friday comes around, you are ready for some comfort food? Here is an easy solution for those with a breadmaker machine. This is neither pizza nor bread but somewhere inbetween. It’s delicious served as plain bread or smothered in ingredients and served pizza-style. Ingredients 1.5 cups…

Carménère: Chile’s miraculous red wine find

Carménère: Chile’s miraculous red wine find

Once upon a time, France was the undisputed king of the wine world and vast swathes of the country were planted with many different varieties of vines, including Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Merlot, Carménère, to name but a few. Then, in 1863, vines began to die, but nobody knew why. First one vineyard, then…