A little over 2 weeks ago the South World Wine Society had their annual 5 Nations Cup. This is a blind tasting, where a white and red wine is tasted from each of Australia, New Zealand, Chile, Argentina, and South Africa. The members and guests of the event rate the wines without knowing which country each wine is from.
Everyone loves Australian wines. They have been #2 in sales after BC VQA wine lately, but they were #1 in BC for quite a while before that. People on the other hand have viewed Chilean and Argentinean wines as being somehow cheap and cheerful wines. This tasting proved to people the exact opposite. The favourite WHITE and RED wine for the evening was from Chile. Argentina’s red wine came in second place. The Aussie red and white wines ended up in last place!
So, if you haven’t tried a Chilean wine, maybe now is the time to go to your favorite bottle shop and picking up one or two? If you want to see which wines were tasted and their rankings, go to http://www.southworldwine.com and scroll down to the middle of the page.
And lastly a few Chilean wines you may want to buy and try:
– Novas Organic Carmenere Cabernet, Chile, 2004, $16.99
– Montes Alpha Chardonnay, Chile, 2006, $26.85
– Viu Manent Malbec Reserva, Chile, 2005 (private stores)
– Matetic “EQ” Sauvignon Blanc, Chile, 2005 (private stores)