I’ve only recently discovered the brilliant adjoined stores Puro Chile and Puro Wine in New York’s Soho. While Puro Wine focuses on selling premium Chilean wines, Puro Chile sells an array of high quality Chilean products – olive oils, wool sweaters, photo books, and handicrafts. Combined they are a powerful tool for promotion. Last night they held “A Taste of Chile,” which was put on by Wines of Chile. A number of wines, served by bartenders in miner outfits, were available from four different regions: the Casablanca Valley, Elqui & Limari Valleys, Maipo Valley, and Colchagua Valley. Their were several wines I had yet to try so I pleased to have the opportunity for so much Chile in one place. Particularly because I’ll be in Chile for the next few weeks. Here are my latest Chilean wine finds:
- Tabali Gran Reserva Chardonnay 2008 -In contrast to most Chilean Chardonnays, which typically come from the Casablanca Valley, this crisp wine is from the northern reaches of Chile’s wine regions.
- Los Vascos Sauvignon Blanc 2007 – A clear, bright, citrusy wine that is relatively inexpensive.
- Casa La Postolle Cuvee Alexandre Carmenere 2008 – An intense, deep, dark red wine from the Colchagua Valley with 85% Carmenère; 15% Merlot.
- Casa Silva Reserva Carmenere 2008 – Plum, black cherry, and clove. Deep, bold flavors. I really like this one.
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Writer and photographer Nicholas Gill is the editor/publisher of New World Review. He lives in Lima, Peru and Brooklyn, New York. His work has appeared in publications such as the New York Times, Los Angeles Times, CondeNast Traveler, National Geographic Traveler, Afar, and Penthouse. Visit his personal website (nicholas-gill.com) for more information.