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Top wines from 2017

Top wines from 2017

With the excuse of studying for the WSET Diploma, I’ve tasted a greater variety of wines – both Chilean and foreign – this year than ever before.  The upside is my knowledge and appreciation of wine have expanded exponentially; the downside is that there has been a tectonic shift in my taste. I’m no…

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…

Vigno: the renaissance of Chilean Carignan

The story begins in 1939, when central Chile was hit by an earthquake measuring 8.3 on the Richter scale. Thousands of people died and many livelihoods were lost, including those involved in the local wine industry. As part of its plan to help farmers get back on their feet following this disaster, the Ministry…