I’ve always found writing about Chilean wines immensely pleasurable.
Maybe it’s because doing so means having to remember the adventures I’ve had in Chile. That always brings a smile to my face… After all, Chileans are some of the nicest people I’ve met. Having been warmly welcomed in their country with award winning wine paired with delicious food, all set against their amazing landscape was truly life changing.
Also, whenever I have to write about Chilean wines, I think about the lifelong friends that I’ve made in the trip. I still get to run into some of them in international expos, communicate with them via email, or keep in touch with them on social media.
Apart from the fond memories I have of the people and the country, I think the reason why I find pleasure in writing about Chilean wines is that it doesn’t need to be fluffed up too much. Chile, after all, as a wine-producing region, is recognised world over as one of the best.
Such is the case with Errazuriz. Not only is it hailed as one of the Top 10 Most Admired Wine Brands in the World by Drinks International (three times in a row!), but on the helm is one of my favourite people on Earth, Eduardo Chadwick (2018 Decanter’s Man of the Year and current president of Errazuriz wines, who I was so fortunate to meet in person a few years back). He’s the fifth generation owner of a winery whose family history could be traced back to 1870 with Don Maximiano Errazuriz establishing Errazuriz in Aconcagua Valley. Don Errazuriz’s tenacity and perseverance not only transformed his winery into a world-class vineyard, his lineage also played a significant role in changing the course of Chilean history by producing four presidents, two archbishops, several diplomats, writers, and industrialists, and of course, Chadwick.
As I’ve alluded to in a previous article, Chadwick is not just about talent and tenacity; he’s also quintessentially Chilean in his warmth and approachability… Which is reflective of the wines featured in the re-launch of Viña Errazuriz last 24 September at BCN by Rambla. The event featured the refreshingly citrus Errazuriz Estate Sauvignon Blanc (the Wine and Spirits magazine 91 pointer was perfect for a hot day), the Errazuriz Estate Chardonnay (the Platinum Awardee of Decanter World Awards had quintessentially warm climate aromas of tropical fruits), the Errazuriz Estate Cabernet Sauvignon (awarded 90 points by Wine and Spirits Magazine, this amazingly bang-for-your-buck Cab is equal parts fruity, spicy, and food-friendly), the Errazzuriz Max Reserva Chardonnay (respected wine critic James Suckling awarded this beautifully complex Chard 92 points), and the powerhouse Errazuriz Max Reserva Cabernet Sauvignon (blended with Petit Verdot and Cabernet Franc, the persistent, lengthy, characterful, deliciously aromatic Cab was a James Suckling 92 pointer).
Those interested to find out more about the label can inquire about it through firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit one of the Wine Depot stores to get their own bottle… The Errazuriz Estate wines are about PHP690 per bottle, and the Errazuriz Max Reserva wines are about PHP1,240. Not a bad price for award winning wines.
That said, I’m gonna go out and grab myself my own bottle (because there’s a Wine Depot close to my home office, yay!), have myself a glass, and send the link of this article to some of my friends in the winery while we reminisce on good times. Salud!
Special Thanks to Mr. Brett Tolhurst, Mr. Gerald Holgado, and Mr. Niguel Arevalo
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