Month: January 2015

General Wine

Chilean wines with divine inspiration

Chilean winemakers are turning out better wines every year, especially big, powerful reds like Cabernet Sauvignon that soak up the rocky, mountainous terroir and deliver a spicier edge than their California counterparts. Since 1987, the Montes Alpha winery has become a force to be reckoned with. You’ve probably seen its distinctive label: a Raphael-like angel […]

General Wine

Carignano del Sulcis: Sardinia's hidden gems

Dottore Marco Santarelli looks like a young Italian actor, more suited to making movies than growing grapes. But the 32-year-old enologist is serious about his craft — winemaker for the Santadi winery in Sardinia’s Carignano del Sulcis region. “Winemaking is very easy if the grapes grow clean,” says Santarelli, noting the less interference from the […]