Category: chile

Five Chardonnay from around the world

Exploring Chardonnay: A Global Comparison

 mywinepal  June 21, 2024  0 Comments on Exploring Chardonnay: A Global Comparison

When I was in University many years ago, I purchased a bottle of Maison Louis Latour Chardonnay, that was on their entry-level scale.  That wine sparked my interest in French wine.  In some “New World” regions, Chardonnay has been more recently planted, while other locations have had Chardonnay vines for over 100 years.  Over time, through the wine trade’s many…

Viña Chocalán Reserva Sauvignon Blanc 2021 and Reserva Cabernet Sauvignon 2020

A Chilean Red and White Wine by Vina Chocalan for Your Summer PleasurePR SAMPLE 

 mywinepal  June 10, 2024  0 Comments on A Chilean Red and White Wine by Vina Chocalan for Your Summer PleasurePR SAMPLE 

One of the newer winemaking families in Chile is the Toro family located in the Maipo and the San Antonio Valley.  They bought their first vineyard in 1998 and made their first wine in 2001 under the label Viña Chocalán. Chocalán is the indigenous word for the yellow blossoms from a shrub that blooms in the area. I received two…

Montes Purple Angel 2012

In Celebration of Carmenere Day on November 24

 mywinepal  November 24, 2023

The history of the Carmenère grape is a tale of rediscovery and revitalization, with its roots deeply intertwined with the viticultural landscapes of both France and Chile.  Carmenère faced near-extinction in France due to the phylloxera epidemic in the 19th century. Unbeknownst to many, some vines were transported to Chile before the devastation, where they thrived in the climate and…

Cigar Box Old Vine Pinot Noir 2022

Quick Review: Chile’s Cigar Box Old Vine Pinot Noir 2022PR SAMPLE 

 mywinepal  October 31, 2023

This is a new wine to me.  I am usually quite familiar with the wines of Chile.  Cigar Box Pinot Noir comes from the cooler Casablanca Valley, made by the Sur Andino winery.  The Casablanca Valley is located 75 km northwest of Santiago, Chile and is approximately at 33 degrees south latitude, which if it was in the northern hemisphere…

Sauvignon blanc grapes

How Well Do You Know Sauvignon Blanc New World Wine Regions? Take the Quiz.

 mywinepal  August 26, 2023

The Sauvignon Blanc grape traces its lineage to the historic vineyards of France’s Loire Valley, where it gained early recognition for its distinct aromatic profile and vibrant acidity. It is also one of two grapes, along with Semillon, which makes white Bordeaux blends. However, it was the New World wine regions that truly propelled Sauvignon Blanc to worldwide fame, reimagining…

Riesling grapes (Image courtesy Wikipedia)

Are You an Expert on Riesling Wines from Around the World? Try This Quiz.

 mywinepal  August 20, 2023

The Riesling grape, originating in the Rhine region of Germany, carries a legacy that spans centuries. Its journey across the world has resulted in an intriguing juxtaposition between Old World and New World expressions. In Germany and Alsace, the grape showcases its classic charm, producing wines with delicate floral aromas, racy acidity, and a pronounced mineral character. In contrast, New…

Cabernet Sauvignon wines from Napa Valley, Barossa Valley, Chile, and South Africa

How Well Do You Know Cabernet Sauvignon Wine Regions? Take the Quiz.

 mywinepal  August 12, 2023

Cabernet Sauvignon is the King of single-varietal red wines.  The robust body, coupled with its signature notes of black currant, black cherries, plum, and cedar, creates a sensory journey that is both powerful and refined. Its ability to age with grace only adds to its majesty, as tannins soften and intricate layers unfurl, revealing the true artistry of winemaking. It…

Marine Seon

Chatting With Marine Seon from Hacienda Araucano at VanWineFest 2023

 mywinepal  June 13, 2023

I had a lovely chat with Marine Séon, Export Sales Manager, from Hacienda Araucano from Chile at VanWineFest 2023.  The winery has a French influence with French owner François Lurton as well as being the winemaker.  Marine tells me a bit about the winery, which has organic and biodynamic vineyards, and the Sauvignon Blanc she poured for me from the…

Andres Izquierdo

Talk About Sibaris Wines with Andres Izquierdo from Vina Undurraga at VanWineFest 2023

 mywinepal  May 28, 2023

I had an excellent talk with Andres Izquierdo from Viña Undurraga in Chile at VanWineFest 2023.  He talked about the history of Viña Undurraga, which was established in 1885.  We then moved on to a discussion of the cool-climate region of Leyda Valley where their Sibaris Pinot Noir grapes were grown.  Do you know what Sibaris means?  Listen to Andres…

Jaime Merino from Vina Santa Ema

A Video Interview With Jaime Merino from Vina Santa Ema at VanWineFest 2023

 mywinepal  May 23, 2023

One of the things I enjoy doing is talking with winery principals at events like the Vancouver International Wine Festival.  This year I spoke with several winery principals from Chile, Argentina, and one from Uruguay.  Here is the first interview at did at VanWineFest 2023 with Jaime Merino the North America Sales Director of Vina Santa Ema from Chile.  Enjoy…