Chile is “only just scratching the surface” with Syrah, suggests former Penfolds Grange winemaker John Duval, as he outlined some potential routes forward for the country with this variety.
Chile’s Aurelio Montes is to try growing grapes at his Argentine estate without any irrigation from the start of this year’s growing season.
Concha y Toro is now the supplier of the UK’s best-selling Cabernet Sauvignon, Pinot Noir and Malbec.
Francisco Baettig, chief winemaker of Errazuriz, is returning to the fresher, lower alcohol style of wine made at the estate in the ‘80s to cater to consumer tastes.
Casillero del Diablo’s Cabernet Sauvignon has seen UK sales shoot up by 60% in the last year, making it the country’s best-selling expression of this variety.
Californian winemakers may be attempting to emulate the quality of Europe’s great wines, but not the flavours, stressed Mark de Vere MW at a tasting in London this week.
The ‘Sideways effect’ is being reversed and consumers are starting to fall back in love with Merlot according to one of California’s top producers.
The labels for next month’s California wine seminar on the stylistic evolution among the state’s Chardonnays and Cabs have been selected.
A Californian seminar in London next month called “Then and Now” aims to highlight the stylistic evolution in wines from the US state.
Chile should stick to a wine style and not follow fashion, according to Cecilia Torres, the winemaker for Santa Rita Casa Real Cabernet Sauvignon.
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