Living in California, we are positively spoiled when it comes to wine. We have a never ending selection of fine wines, so it never occurred to me to search out fine wines from Chile.
At least not until I started connecting with wine folk on Twitter. There, I ran into Robert Bralow, who works for the country of Chile. And to my surprise and delight, send me a wonderful sample pack of 6 different wines (one white and the balance luscious reds).
The first one we opened up was a 2006 Santa Carolina Reserva Carmenere. My husband got to it first and said, “You will never believe how good this is.”
And was he ever right!
This was unlike any Chilean wine we had ever had: Very earthy, smooth and oh so drinkable!
The next night we opened the 2006 Caliterra Tributo Single Vineyard Carmenere. This wine was unbelievable! It resembled a very full bodied Pinot with intense fruit and flavor that just exploded with each sip.
The remaining 4 bottles went down just as smoothly and not a headache to be had!
This article is my mea culpa to the winemakers of Chile. Their price point is very affordable (all the ones we tasted were under $20), and with the great assortment out there to choose from, I am confident you and I will easily find wines that capture our tastes.
Wine Tip: Searching for a specific bottle of wine and can’t seem to find it? Check out www.wine-searcher.com. I found that Caliterra Tributo and ordered 6 bottles!