Pinot Noir wine

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…

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…

Casablanca winery visits: Quintay

Casablanca winery visits: Quintay

Welcome to the latest in my series of Casablanca winery visits: Quintay is a small, state-of-the-art winery with a modern, sleek design. It offers a personalized approach to each customer with services ranging from a lunch and cocktail menu to tours of the winery, with a tasting of their Reserva and Gran Reserva lines, to tours on horseback or even tours…

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…

Grilled salmon with Chilote potatoes

Grilled salmon with Chilote potatoes

This meal uses all Chilean ingredients and really showcases some of the great flavours of Chile. It’s also pretty quick and easy to make, so why not give it a try? Grilled salmon fillets Ingredients 500g salmon fillets 3 garlic cloves, crushed Olive oil Sprigs of rosemary and bay leaves Salt and pepper Method…