I have heard the rumblings from my readers and I apologize for being delinquent with my blog posts. But you’ll be glad to know that my delinquency has not come from a lack of wines I have tasted – quite the contrary. There have been many industry events to kick-off the new year where producers and distributors introduce new vintages and wines. In January, the Consortium of the Brunello of Montalcino showcased 2010 Brunello – an exceptional vintage. BTW, some critics are calling 2010 an epic vintage for Napa Cabs – you might consider buying either wine in this vintage for the long haul (or immediate consumption).  Both topics will be discussed in a future blog.

Due to the increasing number of readers, I plan to elevate my blogging to a more professional platform. I’ve been busy constructing a website – can you guess the name of my website? The target date for launch is spring, 2015…stay tuned.

Have you tried wines from Chile? One of my 2015 resolutions is to find wine values in less popular regions of wine world. I would match this Cab against many $30 California Cabs – it’s a beauty!

Les Domaines Barons de Rothschild (Lafite), the reputable Bordeaux producer, became the first French investor in Chile wine estates when they purchased Vina Los Vascos in 1988. The new owners have modernized and renovated the viticulture and wine-making. The property of over 5,000 acres is located in central Chile approximately 25 miles from Pacific ocean. The Colchagua region provides daily temps of 68-77°F, ideal for grape maturation, and quite similar to Sonoma Valley’s characteristics in northern California.


Colchagua, Chile $18.

75% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Carmenère, 10% Syrah, 5% Malbec. ALC 14%. Deep ruby red color with fruity aromas of plums, blueberries and blackberries that blend with notes of bitter chocolate, cocoa and coffee. Gentle tannins offer a pleasing sensation filled with characteristics of the terroir.