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Best Chilean Winery 2017, Robert Parker Wine Advocate

Best Chilean Winery 2017, Robert Parker Wine Advocate

Inaugurating the new category of “Extraordinary Winery Awards” by Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate, Viña Errázuriz had the honor of being the first Chilean winery to receive the award Best Chilean Vineyard 2017“.

Eduardo Chadwick, President of Viña Errázuriz, commented: “Being considered one of the best Chilean wineries by Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate is fantastic news. We are very honored with this nomination, and we believe that the nomination reflects the consistency in the high quality of our wines along with the commitment to elaborate the best wines of our terroirs, and to be recognized as a world-class producer. ”

ERRAZURIZ WINERY

Just north of Santiago, Chile’s capital, Errazuriz Winery is located in the Aconcagua Valley.  The valley’s beauty and its mild Mediterranean climate more than likely attracted Don Maximiano Errazuriz’s attention, inspiring him to establish his winery in 1870.  Easy access to water for irrigation and the volcanic soils, make Aconcagua Valley a viticultural paradise. From the mountains to the coast, it’s the origin of many renowned Chilean wines.

HISTORY

Founder, Don Maximiano Errázuriz Valdivieso

Founder, Don Maximiano Errázuriz Valdivieso

Don Maximiano Errázuriz founded Viña Errázuriz in 1870. With his innovative and pioneering spirit, he planted the first French grape varieties in the Aconcagua Valley. His initiative and creativity were handed down to his descendants, who consolidated the winery and positioned their wines among the world’s most noteworthy.  Errazuriz’s family winery has shaped history, currently one of the best examples of successful winemaking in Chile.

CELLAR DOOR 1870 WINERY

For over a century, Viña Errázuriz’s Historic Winery in Panquehue has remained a symbol of the forward thinking vision of its founder, Don Maximiano Errázuriz. Its construction began in 1870, under the guidance of a French winemaker, took over 14 years and incorporated the latest technology at the time.

Winery tasting room

Built in 1870, Viña Errazuriz’s historic tasting room, located in basement of the winery.

The winery was built as a two-story structure. The excavation and construction of its huge cellar rooms alone took five years. The thick underground walls, built with bricks and mortar, have stood the test of time and have allowed the wine to be kept in large casks made of raulí (a native Chilean tree) at a constant temperature of 53 to 57°F.

Still in use today, the winery houses a historic collection of wines. There are about 400 bottles of each of the vineyard’s iconic wines, which provides an opportunity to experience the vineyard’s evolution through the years.

DON MAXIMIANO ICONIC WINERY

In 2009 the need to project itself into the XXI century and to search for wines of an even higher quality, inspired Viña Errázuriz to start building a new winery devoted exclusively to its high-end wines.  The integration of cutting edge technologies has gone hand-in-hand with sustainability and environmental protection, thus paying homage to Don Maximiano’s vision and courageous spirit.

Don Maximiano Winery Chile

Don Maximiano Winery, Chile

With a capacity to produce over 91,000 gallons, the new Don Maximiano Icon Winery was designed by architect Samuel Claro and built completely with bleached concrete. Its main body is underground and its spiral shape allows for the movement of fruits and liquids by means of gravity and to capture the refreshing breezes from the valley. To maintain adequate levels of temperature and illumination the building harnesses geothermal and solar energy, which are completely environment friendly.

The winery was officially opened in October 2010 with more than 100 guests from around the world, including leaders of the wine industry and press.

Errazuriz Founders Reserve wine bottle

Errazuriz Pinot Noir wine bottle

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Errazuriz Winery in the Aconcagua Valley, Chile

Errazuriz Winery in the Aconcagua Valley, Chile

Beef Empanadas

beef empanadas with wineINGREDIENTS:
• 1 lb minced beef
• 2 spoons of butter
• ½ cup of onion (chopped)
• 2 big tomatoes (chopped)
• 3 oz green chilli
• 1 bay leaf
• ¼ teaspoon salt
• 1 teaspoon merquén
• 2 spoonfuls of black olives (chopped)
• 1 packet of empanada dough (or another puff pastry dough, like phillo)
• 1 egg yolk
• 1 spoonful of water

DIRECTIONS:

Fry the onions in the butter, add the meat until it is lightly golden. Add the tomatoes, chilli, bay leaf, merquén and salt; cook over a low flame for between 30 – 35 minutes, stirring occasionally, until the majority of the liquid has evaporated. Remove from the heat, discard the bay leaf and add the olives. Put three spoonfuls of filling (when cool enough the handle) in the middle of each empanada skin and fold over in the middle; press the edges together with your fingers to form a half-moon shape closed sealed around the edges and filled inside.  Use a fork on the edges to fully seal them. With a fork carefully pierce a couple of holes in the top side of the empanada. Using a pastry brush, brush some egg wash (the mixture of egg yolk and water) on the top side of each empanada. Cook in the oven at 400° for 20 to 25 minutes or until they are golden. © Recipe courtesy of WinesOfChile.org

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Merlot
Curico Valley, Chile

Located in Chile’s central valley, about 124 miles south of Santiago, Curicó Valley is known for a variety of grapes and as one of the most productive wine regions. Legendary Spanish viticulturist Miguel Torres first arrived to the valley in 1979 and revolutionized Chile’s wine industry. He brought with him European techniques and foreign investment that would cement Chile’s reputation for producing premium wines of outstanding value. Influenced by the Andes Mountains with cold nights and hot summer days, this region has a Mediterranean climate. The proximity to the Lontue River creates a microclimate that moderates temperatures.

Bright and intense ruby red in color, this Merlot presents aromas that recall blackberries, red cherries, and sweet plums, with spicy black pepper and cinnamon notes as well as subtle touches of vanilla and cocoa rounding out the complex nose. The palate offers a firm structure with smooth tannins that meld together and persist through a long finish.” – Garlos Gatica, winemaker.

Winemaker: Carlos Gatics
Appellation: Molina Andes, Curicó Valley, Chile
Varietal: 96% Merlot, 4% Cabernet Sauvignon
Analysis: 14.1% alcohol by volume; 3.5 pH; 5.3 g/L total acidity

Chef John’s Crab Cakes

Video – Click here to watch Chef John make his crab cakes

INGREDIENTS:
• 8 saltine crackers, finely crushed
• 2 tablespoons mayonnaise
• ½ teaspoon Dijon mustard
• ½ teaspoon seafood seasoning (Old Bay)
• ¼ teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
• 1 egg, beaten
• salt to taste
• 1 pinch cayenne pepper (optional)
• 1 pound fresh crab meat, well-drained
• ¼ cup dry bread crumbs
• 2 tablespoons butter

DIRECTIONS:

• Mix saltine crackers, mayonnaise, Dijon mustard, seafood seasoning, Worcestershire sauce, egg, salt and cayenne pepper in a large bowl.
• Stir in crab meat until mixture is combined but still chunky. Cover and refrigerate for 1 hour.
• Sprinkle bread crumbs on a plate.
• Shape chilled crab mixture into 4 small thick patties; coat completely with bread crumbs.
• Melt butter in a skillet over medium-heat; cook crab cakes until golden brown, about 4 minutes per side.

Serving brunch? Try a Crab Cake Benedict, replacing the Canadian bacon and English muffin with a crab cake instead. Top it with a poached egg, side of mixed greens and glass of Huellas Sauvignon Blanc.  Recipe courtesy of Chef John, at AllRecipes.com

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Sauvignon Blanc
Maule Valley, Chile

The grapes were picked at their optimal degree of ripeness during the third week of February. Half of the grapes were macerated in the press to gently extract aromas from the skins while the remaining bunches were destemmed and pressed immediately to obtain clean musts. All fruit was fermented in stainless steel tanks to preserve the aromatics and freshness in the form of citrus and tropical fruit notes. A large part of the blend was barrel aged for 3 months on the lees, up until bottling, to impart a greater weight and creamy texture on the palate.

Carlos Gatica winemaker headshot“Greenish-yellow with intense citrus aromas such as grapefruit and sweet tropical fruits. The refreshing palate is lively, fruity, and finishes with a smooth creaminess. The perfect companion for seafood, creamy and fatty cheeses, chicken dishes, and pastas with seafood sauces.”

Winemaker: Carlos Gatica
Appellation: Maule Valley, Chile
Varietal Blend:  98% Sauvignon Blanc, 2% Sauvignon Gris
Analysis: 13% alcohol / volume

April Wine Club pairing recipe

Churrasco with Pebre
(Grilled Beef Tenderloin with Chilean Cilantro Sauce)
Churrasco Grilled Beef

PEBRE INGREDIENTS:
• 2/3 cup canned vegetable broth
• ½ cup minced fresh cilantro
• ½ cup minced onion
• ½ cup minced red bell pepper
• ¼ cup white vinegar
• ¼ cup extra-virgin olive oil
• 1 teaspoon salt
• 1 teaspoon dried oregano
• 1 teaspoon crushed red pepper
• ½ teaspoon black pepper
• 4 garlic cloves, minced

PEBRE DIRECTIONS:
• Combine all ingredients, stirring with a whisk until well-blended. Remain sauce can also be stored in airtight container in refrigerator, up to 2 weeks.

INGREDIENTS:
• Cooking spray
• 4 cups sliced onion
• ½ teaspoon sugar
• 1 ½ lbs. center-cut beef tenderloin
• ½ teaspoon salt
• ½ teaspoon garlic powder
• ½ teaspoon dried oregano
• ½ teaspoon black pepper
• ¼ teaspoon ground cumin
• Pebre (Chilean Cilantro Sauce)

DIRECTIONS:
Place a large skillet coated with cooking spray over medium heat until hot. Add sliced onion and sugar; cover and cook 10 minutes or until golden brown, stirring frequently. Keep warm. Prepare broiler.  Cut tenderloin lengthwise with the grain into 6 even steaks. Place 1 steak between 2 sheets of heavy-duty plastic wrap; flatten to an even thickness using a meat mallet or rolling pin. Repeat procedure with remaining steaks. Combine salt and next 4 ingredients (salt through cumin). Rub salt mixture over both sides of steaks. Place steaks on a broiler pan coated with cooking spray. Broil 2 minutes on each side or until desired degree of doneness. Top each steak with onion mixture; drizzle each with 1 tablespoon Pebre. Recipe courtesy of Cooking Light, with Steven Raichlen, award-winning author of Healthy Latin cooking. © Photo by Becky Luigart-Stayner

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Carmenère
Maule Valley, Chile

Maule Valley is Chile’s largest wine growing region and claims many of the country’s oldest vines that were planted over a century ago. Carmenère is closely associated with the Maule Valley region, which is slightly cooler than its northern counterparts and higher levels of rain in winter months. Influenced by cold nighttime winds from the Andes, the season began with a cold spring, with a few hot spells in summer. Hand picked during the first week of May, the grapes were destemmed without crushing and fermented in stainless steel tanks. Total maceration time was 24-34 days, then racked to barrels, where it completed its fermentation in 3 months. The wine then matured for 12-14 months in French oak barrels.

Carlos Gatica winemaker headshot“Intense carmine red, this Carmenère presents powerful notes of red and black fruit accompanied by the variety’s characteristic spicy notes such as white and black pepper along with notes of vanilla and tobacco. The palate is smooth and expansive with tremendous flavor and a persistent fruity finish. Perfect for celebrating along with braised beef or roast lamb with an herb or cardamom sauce.” –  Carlos Gatica, winemaker

Winemaker: Carlos Gatica
Appellation: Maule Valley, Chile
Varietal Blend:  90% Carmenère, 6% Cabernet Franc, 4% Cabernet Sauvignon
Analysis: 13.8% alcohol / volume; 3.6 pH; 5.2 g/L Total Acidity
Critical Acclaim: Reviewed and approved by Doug Frost, Master Sommelier and Master of Wine

Chilean Salsa Mariscal wine pairing recipe

A specialty of small Chilean coastal villages, Mariscal is a raw salsa that can take many different forms. It’s perfect as a simple topping on a fresh oyster or turned into a vibrant sauce punctuated by fresh parsley and cilantro.

Chilean Salsa Mariscal

chilean-salsaINGREDIENTS:
• 1/2 cup Olive Oil
• 1/3 cup finely chopped onion
• 1/3 cup finely chopped parsley
• 1/3 cup finely chopped cilantro
• 1 jalapeno, seeded and finely chopped
• 1 scallion, finely chopped
• juice of 1 lemon
• kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper

DIRECTIONS: Place all the ingredients in a medium-sized mixing bowl, and toss to combine well. Allow the salsa to sit for 10 to 15 minutes, so the flavors can combine. Spoon over raw oysters and clams or toss with your favorite cooked seafood like shrimp, scallops, or mussels.

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Single Vineyard
Chardonnay
Casablanca, Chile

Chilcas aims to produce wines that match perfectly with food, elegant wines that express the grape variety complemented with oak, where the fruit is always the star.  Fruit is mostly hand-harvested, with some machine harvesting to ensure that grapes are picked at optimal ripeness. The Chardonnay grapes for this wine come from ten-year-old vines on Chilcas’ estate La Esperanza and Rio Bonito vineyards. Here, in the Central Valley, the Mediterranean climate and maritime influence, combined with a significant day-night temperature variation, provide excellent conditions for growing aromatic varieties such as Chardonnay.

Camilo-winemaker“The 2014 Chilcas Single Vineyard Chardonnay displays a light greenish-yellow color with golden hues. Very intense on the nose, this wine unveils elegant characters of stone and tropical fruits such as pineapple, mango, kiwi and peach. The palate is balanced with a lovely harmony among fruit notes, freshness and integrated sweetness,” Camilo Viani, winemaker.

Winemaker: Camilo Viani
Appellation: Casablanca Valley, Chile
Varietal Blend:  100% Chardonnay
Analysis: 13% alcohol / volume

July Wine Club pairing recipe

Chilean-EmpandasEmpanadas de Pino
(Chilean Empanadas)

In Chile, the most traditional empanada filling is called “pino”. Pino is a seasoned mixture of ground beef, onions, raisins, black olives, and hard boiled eggs. The empanada dough is quick and easy to make, and can be made ahead and stored in the refrigerator. The pino tastes best if made the day before and allowed to rest overnight before filling the empanandas.

INGREDIENTS:
• Empanada dough
• 3 large onions, chopped
• 1 pound ground beef
• 2 teaspoons cumin
• 1 teaspoon chile powder
• 1 tablespoon paprika
• 1 beef bouillon cube, dissolved in ½ cup hot water
• 2 tablespoons flour
• ¼ cup raisins
• ¼ cup chopped olives
• 2 hard boiled eggs, sliced
• 1 egg yolk
• 2 tablespoons milk

DIRECTIONS: Cook the onions and garlic in the vegetable oil and butter until softened. Add the ground beef, cumin, chile powder, paprika, beef bouillon, and salt and pepper to taste. Cook the beef, stirring and crumbling the meat, until browned. Add the flour and continue to cook for 5 or 10 minutes more. Remove the meat mixture and let cool. The beef mixture will keep up to 2 days in the refrigerator.

Shape the empanadas: Separate the dough into golf ball size pieces, and roll into smooth balls. Let rest for 5 minutes. On a floured surface, roll each ball of dough into a 6 inch diameter circle, about ½ inch thick. Add 1 tablespoon of the beef filling, a few raisins and some chopped olives, and a slice of hard-boiled egg to the middle of the circle.  Brush the edges with water and fold the pastry in half over the filling, to make a semi-circle.  Seal the edges by pressing down with your fingers. Brush the sealed edge lightly with water, then turn the edge toward the middle and press with your fingers to seal.

Mix the egg yolk with 2 tablespoons milk, and brush the empanadas with the mixture.  Bake at 350°F for 25-30 minutes, or until golden brown.

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Single Vineyard
Cabernet Sauvignon
Colchagua Valley, Chile

Nestled in the foothills of the Andes Mountains, in the shadow of the Descabezado Volcano, lies the Chilcas flagship Maule Valley San Rafael Vineyard. Named for a native Chilean bush with fine pigment that grows in the region, Chilcas wines exude a sense of place and strong varietal expression. With an emphasis on the Maule Valley, Winemaker Camilo Viani aims to produce the finest wines from more than 400 acres of estate vineyards in the Maule, Curico, Colchagua and Casablanca Valleys and across three tiers of wines – Reservas, Icons and Single Vineyards. A true steward to the land, Chilcas is intensely committed to sustainability and, as part of the VIA Wines family, has been certified sustainable under Wines of Chile´s Sustainability program.

Camilo-winemaker“The Single Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon is deep ruby-red in color. On the nose, there are aromas of cherry, strawberry and black currant that mingle elegantly with complex cedar, olive, and black tea characters. Background notes include all spice, chocolate and smoke. This is a wine with great structure and volume, firm tannins and a long finish.”

Winemaker: Camilo Viani
Appellation: Colchagua Valley, Chile
Varietal Blend:  593% Cabernet Sauvignon, 4% Malbec, 3% Petit Verdot
Analysis: 14.5% alcohol / volume