sparkling wine

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…

Sparkling wines for the festive season

Sparkling wines for the festive season

It’s that time of year again when we all get into a flurry of Christmas shopping, seasonal cooking and planning for the perfect Christmas and New Year celebrations. Sparkling wine for the festive season features high on the shopping list and there’s an ever bigger range to choose from. So here’s a handy guide…

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year

  It’s that manic, end-of-year period when we’re all running ourselves ragged finishing up work, cleaning the house, buying gifts and stocking up on food and drink like we’re expecting a siege …If you could do with a few last-minute ideas for wines for the festive season, feel free to check out the following articles or send me…

Sparkling wine tasting panel results

Sparkling wine tasting panel results

A group of 10 people of 6 different nationalities recently got together to blind taste 6 different Brut/Extra Brut wines retailing at under 10,000 Chilean pesos (£10 / US$15) and score them out of 10.  We then calculated the average score for each wine to determine their ranking. Here are the results: All photos courtesy of Alexandra…

How to choose sparkling wine (2)

How to choose sparkling wine (2)

When looking at the labels on sparkling wine bottles, you may see terms like in-bottle fermentation and traditional method and wonder what all the fuss is about. In fact, the way in which the still wine is made into sparkling wine influences the style, aromas and flavours of the wine and some argue even the size…

Chilean chips and sparkling wine

Chilean chips and sparkling wine

Feel like it’s time to relax and let the worries of the week wash away with good conversation, good wine and good food? Here is a nice, easy recipe if you are looking for inspiration. I love to use the fabulous purple, blue and stripey potatoes from Chiloé, an island just off the coast…