Price: Around $6 Color: Pale yellow-green Nose: Tropical and citrus fruit Taste: Light with crisp acidic bite with a subtle grassy character. Summary: A pleasant accompaniment to seafood and fish at a very good price. A good comparable Chilean Sauvignon in this price range would be Vinas Chilenas Sauvignon Blanc available at Trader Joe’s.
Price: Around $17 Color: Deep ruby red Nose: Blackberries, vanilla and strawberry, very nice. Taste: Round, with red fruit flavor. Flavorful with all components in balance. A silky long finish. Summary: This Cab hails from Chile’s Maipo valley. Where most of Chile’s best Cabs originate from. With every Maipo cab I try, I find a [...]
Price: Around $20 Color: Deep dark red Nose: Strawberries and black cherries Taste: Mouth filling and dense. Rich and jammy. Tannins present but sublime. Lots of interesting things going on in the flavor department. All good. Long on the finish. Summary: This blend consists of Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Syrah, Petit Verdot, and Carmenere, [...]
Price: Around $7 Color: Deep Red-Violet Nose: Blackberries, rhubarb, and cherries Taste: Dense and peppery. Dark chocolate flavors. Soft on the pallate. Summary: Nothing too spectacular going on here for the money, but its pleasant tasting and fairly balanced. Serve along with cheeses, spicy dishes, and always good along pastas or pizzas. This wine originates [...]
Well, how about if we start with these few. This is not a complete nor definitive list of the best Chilean wines. But it contains some of Chile’s most recognized and prized wines.
What’s the best Chilean wine? Well, as you know wine tasting is a very subjective thing, and there are way too many wines that can fit the criteria depending on who you ask. The following compilation of Chilean wines, is a list which consists of some of the more “numerously” prized Chilean wines in the [...]
Price: Around $12 Color: Violet Red Nose: Blackberries and oak Taste: Good fruit flavor. Tannins are soft, but present. Medium body with a clean and long finish. Summary: Took some time but eventually this wine opened up. Absolutely let this wine breathe before drinking, its a bit tightly wound in the bottle. This wine originates [...]
Price: Around $7 Color: Dark red Nose: Blackberries and oak Taste: Medium bodied. Tannins are not there at all. A bit too much oak on the palate. Summary: This is a table wine, and an ok one at that. For the price, I recommend going with a Gato Negro or one of Trader Joe’s [...]
Price: Around $7 Color: Pale yellow Nose: Grapefruit Taste: Dry, young fruit with a not so pleasant acidity. Summary: I found this wine to be a bit abrasive. Feels underripe all around. This will be useful in my kitchen for cooking. Good dry body will be great for sauteeing and deglazing…but not drinking.
Price: Around $10 Color: Dark red-violet Nose: Floral, menthol, and strawberries Taste: Good acidity with smooth tannins. Good fruit flavor. Round in mouth. Smooth finish. Summary: I tasted this wine twice, first at room temperature and later after cooling for an hour. Without a doubt, the cooling really brings this wine together. At room [...]
Price: Around $9 Color: Clear pale yellow Nose: Citrus fruit and green apple Taste: Medium bodied with a nice crisp fruit flavor. The taste lingers pleasantly on the palate. Round and smooth. Summary: For being a non-malolactically fermented chardonnay, I really found this to be a pretty nice chardonnay. Soft and delicate on the palate [...]
Price: Around $11 Color: Clear pale yellow Nose: Pineapple, peach and tropical fruit Taste: Dense in body with good acidity. Nice minerality which really shines when this wine is serve chilled (not cooled, but chilled). Remove from fridge and place it in the freezer for a good half hour before serving and keep in ice [...]
How to Make Chilean Empanadas It is accurate to assume that most Chileans put their own little unique touches on their empanadas recipe. This recipe will show you how to make Chilean Empanadas in a fairly classic fashion. In Chile lard is still used in traditional cooking, and it doesn’t get much more traditional than [...]
Price: Around $7 Color: Purple violet Nose: Oak, black pepper, blackberries Taste: Round in mouth. Silky with soft tannins. Summary: A drinkable, soft Carmenere from Chile. Its not long on the finish but it won’t kill your palate either. Actually, pick up the Chocalan, which I reviewed last week instead. I really want to try their Suyai [...]