The word is out! Puro-Wine (Puro Chile‘s sister project dedicated solely to Chilean wine) has begun its first round of wine tastings for 2010, each featuring a specific winery with case discounts for participants.
Puro-Wine manager Lauren Kelleher announces “The Best Wines from Chile” Calendar for the next couple weeks. So if you’re in Manhattan, stop in and taste and receive a discount on case sales.
A word from Lauren:
As we begin 2010, I hope you’re as resolved as I am to drink interesting, complex, value-driven wines. To start the decade I’ve lined up some wineries you may or may not be familiar with, and that represent innovation and the pioneering spirit that make wines from Chile so exciting. Here’s to new beginnings — cheers!
Friday, Jan. 8, 5:00-7:00pm: Viña Leyda Wines
The Leyda Valley is located in Chile’s coastal mountain range just 7 miles from the Pacific Ocean, south of Valparaíso. Viña Leyda was the first winery to plant vines here in 1997, which led to the creation of a recognized appellation for the Leyda Valley in 2002. Cool ocean breezes and a Mediterranean climate are ideal for Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay and Pinot Noir.
Saturday, Jan. 9, 4:00-6:00pm: Viña Quintay Wines
Quintay is an affiliation of landowners in Chile’s Casablanca Valley, an ideal region for white wines. Winemaker Vicente Johnson selects among the best vineyards held by the company to make Quintay wines, and sells the remaining fruit to larger wineries. The result are whites and a Pinot Noir with complexity, balance and intense flavors that truly express the best of the Casablanca Valley.
Friday, Jan. 15, 5:00-7:00pm: Viña San Pedro Wines
San Pedro has been crafting wines in Chile for nearly 150 years and was instrumental in the exploration of new winemaking regions in the far north and south of the country. The wine labels they produce today are Cabo de Hornos, 1865 Single Vineyard, Castillo de Molina, 35 South and Gato Negro. We are very pleased that Elan Klebanow, sales director from Viña San Pedro Tarapaca, will be here to pour through the wide range of San Pedro wines we carry.
Saturday, Jan. 16, 4:00-6:00pm: ChilensisWines
Trying to track down “Chilensis,” I came across a native Chilean palm tree whose sap was once used to make fermented drinks, and a so-true perspective on Chilean slang. Whatever the etymology (I suspect it means Chilean), the Chilensis Reservas are 100% varietal wines that present stunning values. The Sauvignon Blanc is from Chile’s Colchagua Valley and the Pinot hails from the Maule Valley. Both are super aromatic and fresh, well textured and go down easy!
161 Grand Street
New York City 10013