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Guild of Sommeliers Chilean Wine Seminar with Fred Dexheimer

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"Now Chile is planting Marsanne and Rousanne," says Fred Dexheimer MS, giving a presentation to a packed room full of sommeliers at CorkBuzz today.

Having just arrived a few hours before from a trip to the wine regions of Austria, I would have preferred a break before delving into a new region - yet never one to miss one of Fred's excellent talks or secrets of a new region.

Some of the 'secrets' I've known ... cool climate Chardonnay rules, mainly in the Limari valley near the coast, and also San Antonio. We had three different expressions of Chardonnay from the above-mentioned regions, and also the (new to me) region of Malleco, which is below Bio Bio in the very south.  The wines Dex chose were under $20 and in three different styles, ranging from crisp and clean to oak with roasted pineapple notes. All were delicious.

As for the reds ... the "icon flight" of Errazuriz Don Maxiamon 2007, CyT Don Melchor 2009, Los Vascos Le Dix 2010, and Santa Rita Pehuen 2007 were fabulous.

Chile has a lot to offer and thanks to Dex, Wines of Chile, and of course the Guild of Sommeliers for bringing them to us!

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