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A BIT OF MAGIC FROM CHILE: CALCU WINES

Just before the fantastic CHILEAN WINES ON TOUR tasting in the Netherlands, I received 12 bottles of wines from Chile, allowing me to (re)discover the wines of one of my favourite wineries there, VIÑA MAQUIS and their sister winery CALCU. Tasting such high quality wines is always a pleasure. The charming Marcela Molina, commercial manager […]

PROWEIN 2013: BUSY, SUCCESSFUL AND INSPIRING (5)

Three days long, not less than 44,000 professional visitors from all over the world gathered at ProWein in Düsseldorf. This is good news for this very well organized wine fair in these difficult economic times: nearly 3,500 more visitors than in 2012, 4,783 exhibitors from 48 countries. (…)I spent a long time with old friends […]

CHILEAN WINE TOUR 2012 IN AMSTERDAM (4)

During the Chilean Wine Tour event in Amsterdam, not less than 26 wineries were presenting their wines to the Dutch trade, press and restaurant world. This year, the offer was very good and the average quality of the wines was surprisingly high. A quick tour around some wineries (part 2): BISQUERTT: Bisquertt is one of […]

TASTING ROUND OF CHILE IN 6 RED WINES (4)

Please see also the previous and next articles … J. BOUCHON ‘LAS MERCEDES’ ENSAMBLAJE 2008, MAULE: I visited this very friendly winery just after the terrible 2010 earthquake. A lot of damages, but also and above all a huge amount of courage and perseverance. All is rebuilt and life goes on… This wine is a […]

APRIL 2010 – PRESS TRIP TO CHILE: SANTA RITA / CARMEN

My second visit to SANTA RITA was again a great pleasure. We slept at the very cozy hotel Casa Real, all in Hispanic colonial style. The hospitality, the service, the rooms, the food and the drinks were at least as good as during my first visit in October 2009, but the ambiance was totally different. […]