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A Velvety Syrah at a Great Value to Treat your Palate without Breaking the Bank

A Velvety Syrah at a Great Value to Treat your Palate without Breaking the Bank

Chile’s most popular variety might be Cabernet Sauvignon, but the country is by no means a wine trick pony. In fact, with its numerous microclimates and innovative winemakers, the Andean country seems to have a terroir to suit almost any grape and one that particularly thrives is Syrah. Viña Chocalan Origen Gran Reserva Syrah 2015 is a …

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Sebastian De Martino: "Our Concept of Chilean Wine is Different from What it's Known in Ireland"

Sebastian De Martino: “Our Concept of Chilean Wine is Different from What it’s Known in Ireland”

There is a narrative about Chilean wine that most oenophiles are familiar with: the Spanish arrived and planted grapes during colonial times. Then jump to the 19th century, numerous European winemakers fled after the ravaging phylloxera devastated their vineyards. Work, work, work and boom! Chilean wine became massive in the eighties and nineties, flooding global shelves …

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Eduardo Alemparte, Santa Rita's WiSe Man on the Estate's New Winemaking Philosophy

Eduardo Alemparte, Santa Rita’s WiSe Man on the Estate’s New Winemaking Philosophy

Eduardo Alemparte hands me his card. He’s the Winegrowing Director of Santa Rita Estates, makers of Santa Rita 120, the top selling wine in Ireland. The popular Chilean bottle is just one of his many responsibilities; he looks after Viña Carmen, Sur Andino and Doña Paula, the latter one being the group’s venture in Mendoza, …

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Elegance and Refinement: Discover the Fourth Wave of South American Wines

Elegance and Refinement: Discover the Fourth Wave of South American Wines

South American wines have come a long way. Prolific and well established Chile and Argentina are leading, but up and coming neighbours are finding their own voices with the improved quality that technology and sovoir-faire bring. Last year Peru took home Gold at the Mundus Vini Award in Germany while Uruguay earned Silver at the prestigious Decanter World Wine Awards. This …

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Chile: The Final Frontier, Star Chilean Wines from Daring Makers

Chile: The Final Frontier – Star Chilean Wines from Daring Makers

Chile: the final frontier. These are the voyages of fearless wine-makers. Their mission: to explore strange new terroirs, to seek out new grapes and new techniques, to boldly go where no phylloxera has gone before. Chilean winemakers might not go as far as the starship Enterprise, but some are opening their hearts to the adventure and are leaving the comfort zone that have …

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Cono Sur and Cycling legend Seán Kelly Celebrate the Tour of France with a Special Edition Wine

Cono Sur and Cycling legend Seán Kelly Celebrate the Tour of France with a Special Edition Wine

Irish cycling legend Seán Kelly has teamed up with Cono Sur to launch the Chilean wine’s official partnership with the Tour de France. Being National Bike Week (13th to 21st of June), a photo-shoot on two wheels was perfectly timed: Seán Kelly and Adolfo Hurtado, Cono Sur’s Executive Director and Chief Winemaker, met in St. Stephen’s Green in Dublin, …

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