Chile... Con Carne
The Chilean wine industry began its transformation in the 1990s, quickly establishing a global reputation for excellent value for money wine. Today winemakers in the so-called "viticultural paradise" set sights on a new goal, producing outstanding premium wines as well. Could you tell the difference if we hid the prices? ;-)
Chile produces all the world's favorite grapes--Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, Syrah, Cabernet Sauvignon--often with amazing intensity and bang for the buck, while rustic local Carmenère grape is a hidden gem for all you Argentinean Malbec lovers. As always, we'll serve up traditional Chilean fare alongside, and you know it just might include some carne (that's meat!).
Our “best value” ever tasting, meaning lots of people enjoyed lots of different bottles, particularly at medium- and bargain prices. 'Twas an Andes tour top to bottom, with surprising whites and big reds. Crowd favorites:
- Southern French white Viognier finds great life transplanted in Chile. The ‘Novas Gran Reserva’ (Emiliana Organic, Red and White, 20.50 chf) is hugely tropical & floral. Ridiculously delicious Completo Italiano gourmet hot dog won best food vote.
- Hands down the favorite! Concentrated like powerful Italian Amarone using Chile’s signature rustic Carménère (Viña Falernia, Red and White, 25.00 chf). Like Amarone at half price. Homemade Beef Empanadas went down pretty well too.