Archive for March 11th, 2010

11
Mar
10

Who knows how long it will take Chilean wineries to recover

Considering the damage and magnitude of the quake, I’m not surprised

Expect price hike for Chile’s wine, apples

Workers at a winery in Santa Cruz, Chile, separate intact bottles of wine from those that were broken by the earthquake that hit the country on Feb. 27. About 125 million litres of wine in vats, barrels and bottles were spilled.

Workers at a winery in Santa Cruz, Chile, separate intact bottles of wine from those that were broken by the earthquake that hit the country on Feb. 27. About 125 million litres of wine in vats, barrels and bottles were spilled.
Photograph by: MARCO FREDES, REUTERS, Reuters

The earthquake that killed hundreds of people and washed away entire towns in Chile’s coastal areas caused heavy damage to the country’s key exports of fruit and fish.

Consumers of apples and wine could see prices increase as Chile, a major producer of those products, slowly recovers from one of biggest quakes on record.

Chile’s top fruit exporter group, Fedefruta, said downed electricity lines and destroyed roads pose a threat to fruit exports in the world’s No. 3 apple exporter.

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11
Mar
10

petit caprice – from the wine virgin

Petit Caprice, a Grenache/Syrah was the first red blend of the evening. Before even tasting this wine, someone attending the event said it was one of their favorites, so I was eager to try this wine. It reminded me a bit of the Petit Sirah’s we tried at the Syrah/Shiraz tasting a few weeks ago.

The smell wasn’t very strong, but had a small earthy, jammy smell. The taste was the same – not very strong in my opinion. When I tasted the Petit Sirahs I was told about having an ‘immature palate’ and not being able to pick out small, subtle flavors – so this could have been the case as well. Overall, it was a very light wine, but still flavorful in some aspects in my opinion. I’m not sure if I have ever had a grenache wine, but apparently it is what adds the “backbone” to the wine and brought the flavors back together. I can see this because the jammy/fruitiness of the syrah was evident and danced around a bit until the finishing.

The next wine of the night was one of my favorites, so check back tomorrow!




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