It began in 1982 when Pablo Morandé planted the region’s first vineyards — four acres of Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay and Riesling. It made news in 1989 when Ignacio Recabarren captured the winegrowing potential of Chile’s Casablanca Valley with his Sauvignon Blanc, the region’s first commercial wine. Until then, no one thought of Casablanca Valley — north of Santiago and cooled by the Pacific Ocean, barely 20 miles away — as an ideal place to produce cooler-climate wines.
Today, Casablanca Valley has 9,000 acres of vineyards, primarily in Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Noir and Chardonnay; most were planted in the past seven years. While Chile’s other notable wine regions provide excellent conditions for Bordeaux-style wines, Casablanca is now acknowledged as the country’s premier cool-grape valley.
At a recent tasting, I concentrated on two of Casablanca’s most successful wines — Sauvignon Blanc and Pinot Noir. The Sauvignon Blancs are all an inviting pale lemony-yellow and have alcohol levels that balance nicely with the weight of each wine. Veramonte Reserva 2011 is a textbook young Sauvignon Blanc — citrusy, grassy aroma; fresh, clean taste; vibrant acidity. Casas del Bosque Pequeñas Producciones 2011 displays an interesting spiciness but is still an awkward, high-acid youth; it needs time to develop. Kingston Family Cariblanco 2010, a year older, is rounder, more evolved and well-balanced. And Cono Sur 20 Barricas 2009 is soft and silky with a mild spiciness.
Pinot Noir, the red grape of Burgundy, has not always adjusted easily to other regions. Casablanca Valley, however, may prove to be a home away from home in capturing the varietal’s elusive qualities.
The grapes of Emiliana Gran Reserva Novas Pinot Noir 2010 come from the world’s largest organic vineyards, and the wine nicely expresses the subtle personality of the varietal. While it is a dry wine, its aroma is so cherry-like it almost seems sweet — a lovely Pinot Noir. Quintay Q Pinot Noir 2010 is still young, still evolving but promising. It needs a year or two to mature. Morandé Edición Limitada Pinot Noir 2008, also of organic grapes, is a lovely, subdued version with good structure and attractive cherry-like tones.
Prices generally range from $15–25.
It’s time to start dreaming of your next trip. Here’s some destination inspiration for you. Take a visual journey through Austin, Texas, with us.
GBTA’s Convention 2021 will bring the business travel industry together for the first time in a long time. Once again, you’ll learn and connect with experts and each other, along with discussions with leading thinkers, entrepreneurs and change makers addressing the issues that matter most.
The world’s first and highest 360-degree infinity pool will open in Dubai’s Palm Jumeirah. One of the region’s most anticipated attractions, AURA SKYPOOL will begin welcoming guests in mid-November.
Airplane travel evokes a lot of emotions these days: excitement, anticipation, uncertainty and nervousness, just to name a few. But when you do take to the skies again, the giddiness of getting pampered at 35,000 feet can most certainly wash away the surrealness of the past year and a half — at least for the duration of a long- haul flight — as you sip Champagne and slip your feet into plush slippers. While some global airlines have paused or pushed back plans for upgrades and refreshes to their premium cabins, others have introduced exciting changes that await in your pod or lie-flat bed in first and business classes. What’s more, amenities like privacy screens, sliding suite doors and space to spread out all serve a dual purpose as methods to luxuriate in the air while keeping social distance. Here are some nice- ties to expect now and in the near future, from retrofitted seat configurations to updated décor to Michelin-starred meals:
History and culture are etched into every corner of Greece. Beginning with its language, the oldest written language still in existence, and moving from the traces of passing civilizations and religions to pre-historic findings and works from many movements, there’s a wealth of culture to discover on your next trip to Greece.
United Airlines is making international travel more accessible. United announced the largest trans-Atlantic expansion in its history, including 10 new flights and five new destinations including Amman (AMM), Jordan; Bergen (BGO), Norway; Azores (PDL), Portugal; Palma de Mallorca (PMI), Spain; and Tenerife (TFS) in the Spanish Canary Islands. All new routes, set to begin in spring 2022, are not served by any other North American carrier.
San Francisco’s The Clift Royal Sonesta Hotel has a new offer honoring the history of Frederick C. Clift, the visionary behind the property. The Live Like Frederick offer includes fine amenities for four people, beginning with a two-night stay in the hotel’s Private Apartment and the connecting junior suite for quad occupancy.
Without a doubt, the pandemic changed the role of airports in the travel industry. Hamad International Airport’s role evolved in many ways since the pandemic hit. Now, more than ever, airports are responsible for creating a secure passenger experience. As the gateway to Qatar and the world, the safety and wellbeing of staff and passengers has always been at the core of Hamad International Airport’s strategy.
October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and Walker Hotel Tribeca is blushing pink with an exclusive offer benefitting the National Breast Cancer Foundation. Throughout the month, guests can book an all-pink guestroom, among additional amenities.