Tag: chilean wines

3 red wines to try before the fall comes

 TAGS:I know it’s hot, my sunglasses, tank top, shorts and flip flops uniform confirms it to me, but when one is a confessed wine lover, which is really me, cannot help it. Every time I look at Uvinum virtual showcase or at the shelves of my favorite wine shops my brain starts sending me a lot of good signs.

And of course, even though I have already talked about cider, sangria, red wine with soda and cool summer drinks, and although I told you that you have to give rosé wine a chance on vacation and that the beer has won the gold medal on terraces and bars … I cannot resist to full bodied red wine. The flesh is weak.

Wine is something different. I know there are things like the typical Christmas soup or the vigil stew which are just eaten on a certain time of year which coincides with low temperatures in both cases. The two dishes are my favorites and every time they show up on the table I eat as much as I can and ask for one more again and again. But the rest of the year, other alternatives are just good enough to me. But with wine it does not happen, so I wanted to share with you three discoveries in wine that I will for sure try before fall comes:

 TAGS:Termanthia 2007Termanthia 2007

Numanthia Thermes winery is always perfect to me and although their wines are not the kind that you can have on the table every day, at least I cannot (but invitations are accepted), every time I try one of them they make me forget the rest of my indelible favorites. Numanthia and Termes were great and my goal is to try Thermantia 2007 before the summer ends.

 

 TAGS:Finca Villacreces 2006Finca Villacreces 2006

Finca Villacreces 2006: a red wine from Ribera del Duero that Peñín and Parker scored above 90 and that Uvinum have in its online store for less than twenty Euros. My next tapas dinner will have Iberian ham as main star, accompanied by aged cheese and this wine that for sure will not disappoint me. I will keep you informed.

 

 TAGS:Secreto Carmenere 2010Secreto Carmenere 2010

Secreto Carmenere 2010: Chilean wine about eight euros which seems exciting and opulent. The notes of bitter chocolate and mushrooms that are described in its tasting notes show it to me as an irresistible wine perfect to prolong the long summer nights. 

 

Chilean wines

 TAGS:The excellent price of Chilean wines and their high quality make them one of the most popular in Europe, especially in UK, their main export destination followed by the United States, where they don?t have so much importance, because Argentine wines will take the front for a small round reason called Malbec.

Chile exports three-quarters of its wine production, a fact that surprises with its excess especially when you consider that for example Spain or Australia (fourth largest exporter of wine) export around 50%, followed by Italy, which sends out about 40%, while France takes out of its borders only the 30%.

The main feature of the Chilean vines is the depth of their roots. Chile is one of the few countries which vines did not suffer Phylloxera attack between 1850 and 1870, when the disease ravaged Europe’s vineyards forcing the Europeans to go to look for the graft savior to America. Precisely because of this fact, today Chile is the only country that can boast of having the Carmenere grape variety (Almaviva, Escudo Rojo or Queulat), which became extinct in Europe after this period.

The lie of the land also has its point, as Chile’s special geographical conditions make it a unique spot in the world. You cannot find another place like that.

At North it borders on the arid Atacama desert, and at South on the immensity of glacial ice. At East borders the Andes and it is bounded by the Pacific Ocean to the West. Contrasts that contribute to create very special wines, such as Concha y Toro, which half a year ago was considered as the most admired wine in the world by Drinks International magazine, an English publication. Remember that the UK is the main destination for Chilean wines exports.

Its main wine regions show marked differences that offer a wide variety of wines, although of the five major wine regions existing, the first two are principally but not completely engaged with the cultivation of grapes for table wine and Pisco. They are Atacama region, which includes the Valley of Copiapo and Guasco Valley, and the wine region of Coquimbo, which includes the valleys of Elqui, Limari and Choapa.

The next three are the wine growing region of Aconcagua, which includes the valleys of Aconcagua, Casablanca and San Antonio, and the Lleyda, within the latter, the Central Valley wine region, comprising the valley of Marga – Marga, in addition Maipo, Rapel, Curicó and Maule wine region and the South, consisting primarily of the subregions of the Bio Bio and Araucania. The three areas with their sub-regions and areas are the main producers of wines with denomination of origin.

The grapes used in Chilean wines have a strong French influence: Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Carmenere, Syrah and Pinot Noir for red wines and Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, Semillon, Gewürztraminer, Viognier for the whites. This is not surprising when reviewing the history of Chile we look at Ochagavía Silvestre who in 1850 brought French stocks in Chile, where they were so well received and to where they have brought so much success. Today, decades after we can enjoy the result of that genius fusion.

Wanna try Chilena wines? Then you shouldn’t miss these:

 TAGS:Espiritu de Chile Gran Reserva Carmenere 2007Espiritu de Chile Gran Reserva Carmenere 2007

A great expression of the chilean Carmenere.

Buy Espiritu de Chile Gran Reserva Carmenere 2007 10,17?

 

 

 TAGS:Montes Sauvignon Blanc Reserva Casablanca Valley 2011Montes Sauvignon Blanc Reserva Casablanca Valley 2011

A good Sauvignon Blanc with a great price.

 TAGS:Buy Montes Sauvignon Blanc Reserva Casablanca Valley 2011 7,80?