This Sunday, Sept 4th, 2016, is Chilean Wine Day and Whole Foods Market is celebrating wines from Chile now through October. All of the featured wines come from smaller, artisan producers where you’ll get a distinct sense of place from their different regions and best of all, offering exceptional quality for the price.
All bottles are under $20! The unique blend of varietal wines such as Chardonnay, Cabernet, Pinot Noir etc are approachable, yet, possess deep historical roots from each producer, while uncovering the various expressions from each specific location.
The wines featured include:
Odfjell Armador Sauvignon Blanc: Dan Odfjell, a ship owner from Norway (“Armador” is Spanish for ship owner), fell in love with and bought a farm in Chile’s Casablanca Valley, where he was the first to realize that sauvignon blanc could thrive there.
Errazuriz Max Reserva Chardonnay: Errazuriz, one of Chile’s oldest, and—according to Doug and Devon —most beautiful wineries, was the first to cultivate the coastal zones of hot, dry Aconcagua Valley.
Autoritas Pinot Noir: We are featuring two pinot noirs—this one and the Boya Pinot Noir—in our Wines from Chile collection to highlight the fascinating differences that can occur from one valley to another.
Boya Pinot Noir: We’re excited to pair this wine with a new recipe for Baked Cumin Chickpea Fries!
Criterion Carménère Reserva: The Colchagua Valley, like many in Chile, is closer to the equator than usual for winemaking, but cooling Pacific breezes create a Mediterranean climate perfect for carménère.
Mayu Carménère-Syrah: The daytime heat of the arid Elqui Valley gives way to very cool nights, concentrating intense flavors, deep color and complexity in the grapes grown there.
Erasmo Red Blend: It’s no coincidence the winery’s Italian owner chose Chile’s Maule Valley to put down his roots—the country’s best wines come from there.
De Martino Cabernet Sauvignon: De Martino’s vintner Marcelo Retamal was recently ranked 13th in a national publication’s list of the world’s 50 most influential winemakers.
Casa Silva Cabernet Sauvignon: The first vines in the Colchagua Valley were planted by the Silva family in 1892. Through extensive viticultural and clonal research, they continue to invest in the valley’s future.