I was lucky enough to get to sample some amazing wines from Chile earlier this month at Vinos de Terroir, an educational seminar hosted by Wines of Chile. Held at New York’s Colicchio and Sons restaurant, the event was led by Sandy Block, a Master of Wine and vice president of beverages for Legal Seafoods and terroir consultant Dr. Pedro Parra, and moderated by wine writer Mark Oldman.
The session offered insight on Chile’s diverse terroir, with details on the country’s environmental conditions and the impact of the region’s unique and complex geographic features on its wine production. Then there was the tasting part—each wine was better than the last.
Also, I love to listen to wine professionals describe wine, especially when they don’t take themselves too seriously. Here are a few of my favorite of Block’s comments from the tasting.
Casa Real 2009: “Represented to me as pure sensuality in a glass.”
Altair 2007: “I taste pencil shavings, espresso, mocha, a note of licorice…”
Sena 2007: “Gamey, meaty, with black pepper and tobacco notes.”
Carmin de Peumo 2008: “A real wild child—you either love it or hate it.”