May 12 2010
Jill and I are big fans of Chilean wines, especially when it comes to getting lots of bang for our buck. We’ve found lots of $10 and under Sauvignon Blancs from Chile that taste as good as their $15-$20 New Zealand SB counterparts. We also love Chile’s Carmenère varietal, aka the “lost grape of Bordeaux,” and have been exploring several different Chilean wines made from this grape. Chile has been trying to cope with the widespread devastation caused by one of the most powerful earthquakes ever recorded that struck back in late February. Damage from the quake not only destroyed wine, but threatens the coming vintage as well. When we’re not drinking local, we’re making a concerted effort to support the Chilean wine industry. So, you can imagine our excitement when we were invited by Wines of Chile to take part in tonight’s massive virtual Wines of Chile Blogger Tasting event with the theme Explore Chile: Sauvignon Blancs for Spring. The virtual tasting is being led by Master Sommelier Fred Dexheimer (former National Wine & Beverage Director for BLT Restaurants), Chile USA’s new educator, and a panel of 8 winemakers gathered in Chile. We’ll be tasting 8 Chilean Sauvignon Blancs from the comfort of our home and we’ll be live tweeting the virtual tasting. You can follow all the action by searching the hashtag #SBChile and @DrinkChile. We’ll report back soon with our faves from the tasting and where you can find them! Stay tuned.