Wine & Travel Writing

A selection of my articles about Chile (written between 2012-13) is archived here, since the published content can no longer be found online following the publishers’ website redesigns. The original publishers are acknowledged at the end of each article. … More Wine & Travel Writing

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“Industry Person of the Year” Héctor Vergara publishes autobiography

Chile’s only Master Sommelier smiles to himself, slides his reading glasses over the bridge of his nose, and opens the silky cover of his autobiography, Descorchando Mi Vida. And I feel comfortable and welcome watching Héctor Vergara turn the glossy pages, pointing to photos spanning his fascinating life as if the book were a photo … More “Industry Person of the Year” Héctor Vergara publishes autobiography

New quality information expresses Chile’s geographic diversity

Enhancing Chile’s existing Denomination of Origin system, Wines of Chile – along with the Chilean Agriculture and Livestock Service (SAG) – has created additional descriptive terms of quality, to further clarify its diverse and productive winemaking landscape. The new terms in use do not replace the previous denominations, but are complementary, and express additional descriptive … More New quality information expresses Chile’s geographic diversity

Gala del Vino celebrates 20-year anniversary in Santiago

Wines of Chile’s yearly Gala del Vino wine tasting was held at Casas del Lo Matta in Santiago, Chile, November 22-24. This year’s Gala commemorated the event’s 20-year anniversary, a special and momentous occasion for Chile’s wine industry. On the evening of Thursday, November 22, the Gala’s inaugural ceremony opened the festivities with a series … More Gala del Vino celebrates 20-year anniversary in Santiago

Planetavino’s Mariana Martinez: communicating passion for Chilean wine

For wine journalist and Planetavino editor Mariana Martinez, certain exquisite experiences in life are priceless. Like savoring shellfish with Sauvignon Blanc by the seashore in her adopted country, Chile. “There is not a culinary pleasure bigger than that. Just go to a fish market at the beach, buy your fresh seafood, take it home, cook … More Planetavino’s Mariana Martinez: communicating passion for Chilean wine

Leaving Los Angeles: Wines of Chile brings “Sideways” author Rex Pickett to Chile

Award-winning writer Rex Pickett is ready for a new adventure, and Wines of Chile is now playing a starring role in his dynamic life story. “I have zero doubts about moving to Chile,” says the author of the popular wine novel “Sideways.” “My God, it’s every writer’s dream to be traveling someplace new as, in … More Leaving Los Angeles: Wines of Chile brings “Sideways” author Rex Pickett to Chile

Virtual Blogger Tastings in Santiago

After Wines of Chile’s tremendously successful Blogger Tastings last week, the persuasive message of Chilean wine is now sweeping through the blogosphere. With the help of 60 wine bloggers in United States and six wine bloggers in Chile, a virtual Blogger Tasting on Wednesday October 24 generated 853 Tweets through the designated #BlogChile hashtag, creating … More Virtual Blogger Tastings in Santiago