Chilean Whites That Wow!

calcu-reserva-sauvignon-blanc-colchagua-valley-chile-10400542Chilean wines are incredibly priced and have an “old world” feel with “new world” flare. Sauvignon Blanc is a steal from this country when it comes to wine due to it’s finesse with many foods from fish to salad, and even grilled meats! Chilean sauvignon blanc is similar in style to New Zealand, however you may find a bit more peachiness and subtle grass notes. I recently tried two great whites from Chile of the sauvignon blanc varietal and fell in love with each of them very differently.

The Calcu Sauvignon Blanc Reserva 2014 is bright and floral with nice undertones of mineral and gravel. This wine is very pretty and light with herbaceous characteristics that are complimented by tropical and stone fruit notes. I paired this wine with Matt grain pasta in the penne shape mixed with tomatoes, feta, garlic, black olives and olive oil. The black olives added the salinity and complimented the mineral driven “gravely” notes in the wine, while the sweet cherry tomatoes and creamy feta paired well with the acidity in this pretty wine from Chile! 

IMG_5760Monograno Felicitti Matt Pasta is made from a special variety of durum wheat harvested from farms in Puglia and Sicily, Italy, Monograno Felicetti Matt pasta has an aroma reminiscent of dried coconut and summer hay meadows. – Monograno Felicitti. 

affaadf_3_1The Viña MontGras Sauvignon Blanc Reserva 2014 is straw yellow in color with bright notes of peach, grapefruit, and apple. Some subtle grass on the nose that follows through to the palate, but nothing too “grassy” about it, which is what I found very attractive about it. This wine is juicy and was enjoyed by the pool! After my big bowl of pasta, and a bottle of the Calcu, it was time for a “wine siesta”, Somm In The City style. Had I not been so full, this wine would have totally complimented some grilled shrimp, chips and guacamole, or fish tacos with mango salsa! 

When you walk into your wine shop or order online, don’t be afraid to check out the wines in the Chile section. These new world wines usually run under $25.00 and make great brunch, lunch, and weeknight wines! Always remember, eat what you like and drink what you love. Please pair responsibly. 

About Sara Lehman

Sommelier, Private Chef, & Food and Wine Pairing Expert in NYC! Sara is a Wine Writer, Wine Ambassador, and Wine Consultant specializing in pairings, parties, entertaining and education.

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