Category: Carmenere

Warm Up This Winter With A Nice Wine

Some Winter Wine suggestions.
With winter’s grip still upon us, it is comforting to know that there are wines ideal for chilly weather. Fuller in body with more complexity and structure, winter wines are better to serve with the cold-weather meals.

Snow Phoenix: A Cascade of Tastes

A review of Tierra Salvaje Carmenere 2010 and the Glenfiddich Snow Phoenix.
Carmenere is Chile's signature red wine varietal. Brought to South America from France's Bordeaux region (where it was used primarily as a blending grape), Carmenere was first planted near Santiago in the 1800s where it was believed to be a clone of merlot.

South America Valleys Produce High Quality Wines

A review of several recent releases from South America.
The valleys east and west of the Andes Mountains are a treasure trove for lovers of high-quality, value-priced wines. While both areas have produced wines for centuries, investment and extensive modernization have led to vastly improved quality during the past several decades.

Chile Nearly Perfect For Wine Making

A look at Chilean wines.
Chile's 13 different wine regions benefit from the Andres Mountains in the east and the cooling ocean breezes coming inland from the west. Each district has a distinctive geology and micro-climate. The northernmost Elqui Valley, at 6,500 feet above sea level, has long hot sunny days, while the southernmost Bio

High Quality, Affordable Prices Make Chilean Wine An Excellent Choice

Some Chilean wine recommendations.
Boasting breathtaking scenery and friendly people, Chile is a visitor's paradise. Long and thin, it is more than 2,700 miles long and at most, only 150 miles wide. Its climate varies from desert in the north to snow in the south. In between are some of the world's most eye-catching grape

Wine Writer’s Tour Reveals Choice Chilean Vineyards

Wine recommendations from my recent visit to Chile.
One of the nicest people to share a bottle of wine with is Alfredo Bartholomaus, founder of Billington Imports. His generous nature and depth of knowledge impressed everyone on a recent wine writer's trip he led to Argentina and Chile. The gregarious poetry lover with a warm