Welcome to South America evening of wine tasting in Bristol!
Whilst there are many similarities to the modern success stories that are Chilean and Argentinian wine, these countries have very different approaches to their wine making aspirations. Chile has concentrated on, and excelled at, producing fresh, fruity, soft wines at seriously tempting prices- and our heaving supermarket shelves are testament to their success. Meanwhile Argentina has been quietly working away on some seriously robust, intense and complex reds: but, 'where are these wines?' I hear you cry! The answer- these are some of the best kept secrets in the wine world- and tonight we will enjoy them for ourselves!
Part 1: Chile
Chile can do it all: from fresh vibrant Sauvignon Blancs which combine the elegance of Loire with the racy fruit of New Zealand, to silky smooth, chocolatey Cabernet Sauvignon. It can also boast that its 'own' variety, Carmenere, which it has resurrected after its destruction in Bordeaux over 160 years ago. Today, Carmenere is producing juicy, plump reds with bags of autumnal fruit flavours- yummy! In Chile they are quick to trumpet new, cooler sub-regions such as Bio Bio and Limari where aromatic varieties such as Riesling and Gewurztraminer are thriving: Chile really can do it all!
Part 2: Argentina
You have to search a little harder to find too much Argentinian wine, much of their wine is consumed in Argentina itself and North America. Many of its wineries are tiny, boutique operations who do not produce enough wine to make it worth exporting. But dig a little deeper and you will find glorious selection of reds, often Malbec based. When grown up in the foothills of the Andes, Malbec is capable of producing inky black wine with sweet damson fruit and spicy mocha notes.
All tastings include: minimum of 6 wines sourced locally so you can find them easily if you like them, full tasting notes, tasting sheet, use of professional tastings glasses and a selection of nibbles to accompany the wines.