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Dec
14

Concha y Toro Don Melchor 2012

With top Napa Cab mostly out of reach, particularly for Canadians buying with our weakened dollar, top South American wines are increasingly attractive. In particular, the consistently excellent Don Melchor

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Jul
23

Montes Alpha “M’ 2005

I virtually never drink Chilean wines. I happened to have this bottle in my cellar from many years ago – Montes’ top Bordeaux-style blend dominated by 80% Cab Sauv with

Dec
17

Garage Wine Co. Lot #36 Cabernet Franc Maipo Alto 2011

Chile. I last wrote about Chilean wine nearly five years ago. You might infer from this that I see little merit in Chilean wine, and I would admit this is true,

Jan
26

Spotlight On New World Pinot Noir: Matetic EQ Pinot Noir 2005

So my idea to have weekly spotlights seems to have been thrown for a loop. I still love the idea of spotlights, though, so I’m just going to continue a

Dec
19

Montes Purple Angel 2005

Chile has been viewed as a ‘value’ region for some time now, but I wonder if they will ever find their terroir. Certainly they have the ability, but so many

Mar
17

Quinta de Viluco QV Syrah 2005

A Chilean syrah from the Maipo Valley. This was absolutely intense in colour with blackish purple filling the glass with a formidable approach. The nose was all big dark fruit

Jan
4

Chile vs. France

So my friend who has lived in Chile for a couple years and recently returned to Vancouver and myself decided to set up a Chile vs. France wine-off where we

Dec
30

Almaviva 2005

Back from vacation, I found a moment to post on the wine I had to celebrate the end of the semester a few weeks ago. I have had little chance

Nov
23

Vina Chocalan Gran Reserva 2005

I have enjoyed Chocalan’s Cabernet Franc in the past and had wanted to give this a try, so when I saw it at the local BCLDB I grabbed a bottle.

Sep
12

Antu ‘Ninquen’ Syrah 2005

The second of my friend’s attempt to familiarize me with South American terroir. I certainly get a sense that the Colchagua Valley has a lot of potential for syrah, although