Carmen → stugist: Hi Stuart. I sell a lot of Aussie wine here in Montana. Grateful Palate is one of our biggest suppliers, and their wines are amazing.
November 10, 2008
stugist: Hi Carmen, Greetings from Australia, if I can ever help with some suggestions please just ask.
November 7, 2008
kerry: ***NEW WINE RECOMENDATIONS.**** Check out my new blog entry on the results of New Zealand wines from the latest wine shows
October 7, 2008
Carmen → HondaJohn: Oregon was great, but it was an intense trip! We visited so many wineries and met with some of our importers. It was beautiful there. When we were done "working" me and a bunch of co-workers partied down in the bars in Newberg and Portland. ... moreOregon was great, but it was an intense trip! We visited so many wineries and met with some of our importers. It was beautiful there. When we were done "working" me and a bunch of co-workers partied down in the bars in Newberg and Portland. I was happy to return home, only to catch up on sleep!
October 6, 2008
HondaJohn: Hey Carmen ... how was the Oregon trip?
September 30, 2008
Carmen → Carson: Hi Carson! I sell Ken Wright in Montana and the wine is amazingly delicious! I'll be in the Willamette Valley in two weeks for a company trip. Cheers!
September 15, 2008
Carmen → hernanovalle: Hi Hernan! Who is the importer you work with in the U.S.? How many states are you in, and are you in Montana? Have a great day!!
September 1, 2008
kerry: Hey thanks for the add,Keep an eye on my profile for recomendations & deals on New Zealand wines,delivered to your door!!
August 28, 2008
Carmen → Brian77: Thank you! People always ask if we're are sisters. Such a compliment! Talk to you soon!
August 20, 2008
Brian77: Sorry to tell you this but your both super hot,time for bed,have to get up at 4:30,k.i.t.
August 20, 2008
Carmen → Brian77: Sorry, but you're mistaken. The girl on the left is my super hot and dear friend, Butter. I'm on the right.
HondaJohn: Hey Carmen! It sounds like you had a great trip in Oregon. I had a lot of fun there too! Now you need to get to Cali!
October 8, 2008
Carmen → HondaJohn: I had a great weekend, thanks! Went to WA for my grandma's 85th b-day. We drank Trevor Jones Virgin Chardonnay, Paul Hobbs La Garto Merlot, and Burge Garnacha from Australia. OMG, all were delicious!!! If you can get your hands on any of these, p... moreI had a great weekend, thanks! Went to WA for my grandma's 85th b-day. We drank Trevor Jones Virgin Chardonnay, Paul Hobbs La Garto Merlot, and Burge Garnacha from Australia. OMG, all were delicious!!! If you can get your hands on any of these, please drink! You won't be disappointed.
August 18, 2008
HondaJohn: Hi Carmen! How was your weekend? Mine was pretty good. Lots of wine! I worked at the winery this weekend and was a co-host of meritage tasting event!
August 17, 2008
Carmen → HondaJohn: Hey there. My company is sending us to the Willamette Valley for harvest. Eventually, one of our wineries is going to have a great incentive that could possible send us on an all expense paid trip to Napa. Woo hoo! I hope I win!!!
August 9, 2008
HondaJohn: Hey Carmen! Thanks for the add ... Like you I like Paul Hobbs ...
Doing any business trips to Cali during harvest?
August 8, 2008
Brian77: Hey Carmen,thanks for the add..have a great weekend love,lol....k.i.t. :)
August 7, 2008
Carmen → annemarieparkin: Hi Anne Marie! If you getting into Sauv Blancs, try Honig, out of Napa. Awesome wine-well over delivers for the price. Plus, Michael Honig is awesome! Being on the distribution side of this industry, I get to meet winery owners and winemakers.
July 27, 2008
Mark: Hello Carmen, thanks for joining Must Love Wine. If you have any questions I'll be happy to answer them. Just send me a message or comment.
July 18, 2008
joerochel: Hey cutie, I've never wanted to come to Montana till now! ;)
I sell wine for George's, the best distributor in Montana. I love my job, and I love wine!
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Anything from Paul Hobbs and Ken Wright, Marquis Philips S2 Cab, Klinker Brick Zin, Gruet Bubbly, Hill Family Estates (If you don't know this winery, check it out!!!), Cesari Amarone, Elk Cove Pinot Noir and Gris, Adelsheim Pinot Gris, Bergstrom Pinot Noir, Dunham Tutrina, Amavi Syrah, and many more.
This is our very first Holiday party and we feel like celebrating. The new tasting room is shaping up, the patio is nearly complete, the salmon are running down at the creek, and our award winning wines are flat out gorgeous.
Welcome to the Virtual Wine Tasting Club. Every month in our online wine tasting series we will taste a different wine and post our tasting notes. In advance, if possible, please post the wine you will be trying that fits the tasting. The tasting will last one month so you can taste and post your notes in that time frame. Please ask questions about the wine we're tasting, post recommendations for future wine tastings and make this online wine tasting group a wonderful, interactive, informative wine discussion.
Wine grapes (Vitis vinifera) are not native to the Americas; they arrived with the Spanish in the 1500s. Early attempts to form vineyards in more northerly climes, such as the Caribbean, Mexico, and Peru proved unsuccessful; in Chile, however, the vine found its first true New World home. The Catholic missionaries who followed the Spanish Conquistadors lamented the lack of wine that was essential for celebrating religious rites, and they set about to resolve the problem. Fray Francisco de Carabantes is widely credited with bringing the first vines probably Pais (pronounced " pah-EES" and known as "Mission" in California) into Chile through the port of Concepcion around 1548. Such was the success that vineyards were quickly planted throughout the country from the Limari Valley in the north to Bio-Bio Valley in the south precisely the areas that still delimit the vast majority of Chile's wine production today.
Of course the desire for wine in Chile was not limited to the Church-there were plenty of secular uses for the traditional European beverage of choice. The thirsty residents of the burgeoning capital city of Santiago also clamored for wine, and the surrounding Maipo Valley proved to be a ready and abundant source of red wine.
Improvements in maritime transportation made cross-Atlantic travel much more viable by the early 19th century. Chile, freshly emancipated from Spain, yearned for knowledge of its European roots, and members of the country's wealthiest families embarked upon an intercontinental pilgrimage that would change Chilean life and culture in many ways. France was a favorite destination, and soon French customs, from food to clothing to architecture, flourished among Chiles upper classes. It did not take long for the first French-style wineries to make an appearance as well.
PIONERS & PESTS :
By the mid-1800s, interest in European-style wine production was taking hold. Well-heeled families many with fortunes earned in the mining industry built extraordinary mansions beyond the city limits and surrounded them with vineyards. Pioneering naturalist and scientist Claudio Gay brought some 30 Vitis vinifera varieties from France for experimental purposes in the nascent University of Chile's Quinta Normal agricultural center.
Silvestre Ochagavia is generally credited with being the first to introduce French varieties for commercial purposes 20 years later in the Maipo Valley. Others quickly followed suit, and many of Chile's now traditional wineries were formed, including Carmen, Concha y Toro, Cousino Macul, Errazuriz, San Pedro, Santa Rita, Undurraga, and Urmeneta.
New varieties such as Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Malbec (Cot), Carmenere, Pinot Noir, Sauvignon Blanc, Semillon, and Riesling produced noble wines that quickly gained popularity and replaced the then-traditional Pais grape, which was relegated to the country's winemaking extremes, where it is still used today for rustic wines destined for local consumption.
Chile had entered into a new phase of its winemaking history, again one of the first in the New World to make serious noble wines. This small South American country was also fortunate; the European wine industry was about to undergo a crisis that would never touch Chile.
Trans-Atlantic exchange brought with it tremendous benefits to both continents, but it also had its downside. European garden enthusiasts had unwittingly imported a devastating vineyard pest Phylloxera hidden in the roots of America's native grape vines that were beautiful, despite being useless for wine production. Europe's Vitis vinifera vines were defenseless against the tiny and voracious louse, which advanced unchecked, quickly decimating thousands of hectares of ancient Old World vineyards along the way. The pest was re-introduced to the Americas with the import of Vitis vinifera vines, yet for reasons that have never fully been understood, Chile remains Phylloxera-free to this day.
It took years to understand and find a solution to Europe's Phylloxera problem, generating a large base of winemakers willing to travel to the New World in search of work. Chile happily received many French experts to help develop its own growing industry. Thus, with French vines and expertise, matched to Chile's excellent natural conditions, the country's renewed wine industry made a tremendous leap in quality and was quickly in demand not only at home, but abroad as well.
The early 20th century is a story of seclusion and distance from the world for Chile. Despite its turn-of-the-century success in wine, two world wars and decades of state protectionism forced the country down a solitary path that technologically isolated it from the world for nearly 50 years. The mid-20th century Agrarian Land Reform took its toll on Chile's wine industry, and the country's relative isolation from the increasingly globalized, trade-oriented world essentially kept Chile out of the wine trade for decades more. The country reversed its closed-door policies in 1980s, effectively giving rise to the next wave in the history of Chilean winemaking.
MUST FOR MODERN TIMES
THE WINERY ( La Bodega )
The part of Chilean wine history that most affects today's consumer has taken place since the 1970's, when complicated restrictive domestic policies were repealed and political interventionism was relaxed or eliminated. Beginning in 1980, legal liberalization and the country's economic opening kicked off a revolution in the wine industry. Once again, foreign influence played a key part in Chile's wine industry. Spanish winemaker Miguel Torres chose Curico, establish his New World winery and introduced modern techniques and technology, such as stainless steel tanks and initiated a new direction in the industry.
The initial phase, which took place during the 1980s and early 1990s, was dedicated to updating equipment and incorporating new technology in Chilean wineries. Ancient wooden vats made of native rauli wood were replaced with shining temperature-controlled stainless tanks, new French and American oak barrels began to fill the barrel rooms, and modern facilities were designed to incorporate gravity-flow design.
THE VINEYARDS ( Vinedos )
In the vineyard a second wave of industry-wide renovation looked to the vineyards. Winemakers who once considered their work to begin when the grapes arrived at the winery were encouraged to step out into the fields and work closely with the winegrowers to improve the quality of the fruit that would ultimately lead to much better wines. Varietal selection had stagnated to concentrate on primarily Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon, and Merlot. New varieties were added and new vineyard management techniques such as drip irrigation and vertical trellising were incorporated to increase quality and reduce crop loads. Chile's signature grape Carmenere appeared during this process of vineyard renovation. The world was aware that Chile's Merlot was unique, and local growers were certain that not all of the vines were the same, but it wasn't until 1994 that French ampelographer Jean Michel Boursiquot finally attached a name to the variant variety: Carmenere, a red variety from France that arrived in Chile prior to the phylloxera crisis. Because the late-ripening variety is difficult to manage in cool climates and highly susceptible to phylloxera, it was never replanted in its native Bordeaux and had long been forgotten until its rediscovery in Chile. Since that time, extensive work has been done to separate the two varieties and treat each according to its own specific requirements, resulting in major style changes in both.
In search of "Terroir" the third and current phase of modern Chilean winemaking involves a search for "terroir" to better understand and more appropriately match the vine to its environment. Pioneering growers are now planting vineyards at higher altitudes and pushing the extremes of the long-recognized wine regions: north to the Elqui Valley, south to Itata, Bio-Bio, and even some experience in Osorno, east to the Andean piedmont, and west to the Pacific coast. Despite its nearly 500 years of existence, Chile's wine industry is fresh, young, and evolving to meet the needs of today's ever more demanding world markets. Chilean wines are now available in more than 90 countries on 5 continents. Exports to Europe, the United States, and particularly to Asia have grown steadily each year, and as of 2008 register more than US$1.400,000,000 in annual sales.