Category: Carmenere

The French Influence on the Southern Hemisphere

French Influence in Southern Hemisphere Wines

Winemaking has been around for hundreds of years.  We are very familiar with wines coming from Europe, in particular France, where we talk about Bordeaux, Burgundy, and Champagne.  We typically call Europe the “Old World” wine region, while wines made…

Heart of Wine Country Winter x6 Bottle Pack for the Holidays

Black Market, Crescent Hill, Blasted Church, Bonamici Cellars, Wild Goose, and Echo Bay wines

If you were wondering about getting a selection of wines for the holidays, here is an option for you from Martin Street Liquor Merchants who will ship the box of wines to you. ~~~ Martin Street Liquor Merchants is delighted to…

A Winery Walk & Talk with Christian Scagnetti at Moon Curser Vineyards

Christian showing stainless steel tanks with glycol jackets

Grape harvest time is special.  There is the beauty of the ripe grapes and the leaves of the vines starting to change colours and the sights, sounds and smells of the grapes as they are sorted, crushed, and pumped to…

Memories of Chilean Wine and Hospitality – A Visit to Wineries of the Maipo and the Colchagua Valleys

Ninquen Valley and Montgras vineyards

At this point of my trip to Chile I had visited wineries from the Aconcagua and the Casablanca Valleys.  Now I visited a few wineries closer to Santiago in the Maipo Valley, then headed south to the Colchagua Valley.   A…

Memories of Chilean Wine and Hospitality – Santiago, Valparaiso, and the Casablanca and Aconcagua Valleys

Santiago Metropolitan Park via the Funicular of Santiago

With the lockdown on travel due to COVID-19, I thought I’d look back at some of my trips to wine regions around the world.  One of my memorable trips was to Chile in October 2009 where I toured around Santiago,…

A Plethora of Wine Gems from the Vintage West Portfolio for You

Vintage West portfolio of wines

One of the perks of being a wine writer is an invitation to a portfolio tasting from a wine agent.  The agency can bring out winery principals in some cases, who you can have a chat to about their wines. …