Spring Arrives with Chilean Sauvignon Blanc and a Sautéed Scallop Salad

Errazuriz and Los Vascos Sauvignon Blancs with seared scallop salad

Get Ready for Spring! It seems that even in Minnesota, spring is upon us. Actually, in Minnesota, spring comes and goes several times before jumping right into summer.  We are always ready to pull out warm weather recipes and wines at a moments notice to take advantage of a warm, sunny day! Today I’m sampling … Continue reading

Happy Carménère Day!

November 23rd is #CarmenereDay Carménère – The Lost Grape Ever hear of Carménère? It’s a bit like one of those “Switched at Birth” mysteries with a happy ending.  Carménère was originally one of 6 allowed blending grapes for use in Bordeaux red wines, but it was particularly hard hit during the 1800’s Phylloxera epidemic in … Continue reading

Take a Look at Chilean Pinot Noir

Should You Give Chilean Pinot Noir a Try? I was approached recently by the Wines of Chile marketing agency with an offer to sample a couple of Chilean Pinot Noirs.  I have limited experience with Chilean wines and have had mixed results with the wines I have previously purchased.  I was intrigued to give the … Continue reading

Giving South America a Second Look: Montes & Kaiken Wines

Moral of the Story: Know Your Preference, but Re-examine Your Bias Regularly. Protocol Wine Studio, Montes Wines, Kaiken Wines and the Montes Family I don’t like Argentine or Chilean wines. For Argentina: too ripe & extracted, too oaky. For Chile: hard to tell what the general style is, as it seems to be all over … Continue reading

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