I’m on the road today for Wine Wednesday, attending an event showcasing Chilean wines. The event in Miami is an intensive seminar on wines from this region and sustainability. However, it’s not all serious as the seminar is followed by a fun tasting with winemakers. In advance of the event, let’s pop the cork on Chilean sauvignon blanc for Wine Wednesday.
This grape makes a style of wine that is a wildly popular in Southwest Florida. For example, it’s fresh, citrusy, and goes well with the tropical cuisine and hot weather.
Prepping for the seminar, I popped the cork on a few sauvignon blancs from the South American country over the weekend.
In Chile, Sauvignon blanc has boomed and is the second most planted grape, behind cabernet sauvignon. The wines produced here have that nice acid and tropical fruit. However, they also have an undeniable herbal characteristic, often time jalapeño, just without the heat.
Over the weekend my friends and I opened four bottles, from different Chilean producers to get a feel for what kind of wine the grapes grown in the country make.
Try these Chilean Sauvignon Blanc
Ventisquero Wine Estates Grey Sauvignon Blanc 2019 was vibrant, with notes of lime and an undeniable jalapeño characteristic that was perfect with grilled vegetables and salads. $25
Viña Tabalí Talinay Sauvignon Blanc 2021 is an award winner. It was a beautifully balanced wine that had all of acid, citrus, and herbs playing well together. $24
Casas del Bosque La Cantera Sauvignon Blanc 2020. This one had more grapefruit than the others along with that underlying hint of cooked jalapenos, that green flavor rather than the spice. It was a hit. $18
Viña Morandé Gran Reserva Sauvignon Blanc 2020 has good acid and flavors of citrus pith, tropical and once again that hit of a jalapeño characteristic. $20
All of these wines are good with things such as goat cheese, olives, salads and such. In short, perfect for summer entertaining. Enjoy a glass of Chilean Sauvignon Blanc for Wine Wednesday.
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