A Trip to Chile…in Manhattan

At a lunch last week hosted by Cooking by the Book , I was reminded why I like Chilean wine so much.  Or at least I was reminded that I like Chilean wine so much.  And I was also reminded that wine and food "matching"  (as wine writer Randy Caparoso likes to say instead of "pairing") really can make a fun meal even more fun, interesting and delicious with just a little thought and effort. Our host at at "Cooking's" loft space in Lower Manhattan was  Ruth Van Waerebeek, born in the medieval city of Ghent and originally known for her cookbook "Everybody Eats Well in Belgium."  Maybe, but Ruth has made her reputation with wine people in another place, 73oo miles to the…

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Wine of the Week: Marques de la Casa Concha 2008 Cabernet

Chilean wine has come a long, long way from the $3 plonk I drank in college. This very good value bottle comes from Concha Y Toro, a winery run by people I've come to really appreciate. Concha is actually a huge operation with a slew of labels-including Casillero del Diablo, Don Melchor, Cono Sur, Terrunyo, and Los Robles-but they're very focused on quality, and in many ways resemble a collection of boutique wineries rather than a major production house. The 2008 Marques de la Casa Concha Cab is one of those wines that could easily have become an overripe, over-tannic, high-alcohol fruit bomb. Instead, it's nicely structured and well balanced, just moderately powerful and lush enough. There's a little mint…

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Wine Shorts – March 5, 2010

The Washington Post points out the growing influence of women on the world of wine, including many winemakers such as Cathy Corison, whose Napa Cabernets I consider to be among the best in all of California. If you fly frequently for business or pleasure, Business Traveller's Cellars in the Sky Awards are for you, and include the best sparklings, whites, reds and sweet/fortifieds served at 35,000 feet. And if you're tired of being stuck on the tarmac for hours at a time - with a good glass of wine or not - consider joining the Coalition for an Airline Passengers Bill of Rights. Really. Speaking of flying and wine, Decanter has a brief story about flights resuming in Chile while winemakers assess their damage…

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