Cultivate Wines: Socially Responsible Sipping

Sharing a bottle of wine has long been a social activity. The team at Cultivate Wines believes it should be a socially responsible activity as well. Cultivate’s founders Ali and Charles Banks believe that with this mission, for-profit companies have the potential to impact the world. For every dollar in sales, Cultivate gives ten cents […]

Grey Carmenere 2011

If you’re a regular reader of the Amateur Gastronomer, you know how much we love Chilean Carménère. The latest one we’re enjoying is the 2011 Grey Carménère from Viña Ventisquero. This wine was made from a small harvest of grapes from a specific section of a vineyard in the coastal Maipo Valley – Block 5, in […]

Sierra Batuco Carmenere 2011

With its spicy, peppery and intense dark fruit notes, Carmenere is the kind of wine that matches the feel of fall. And after just one sip, you’ll fall in love with the Sierra Batuco Carmenere Reserva 2011. Carmenere is a red wine grape that originated in Bordeaux, though today you’ll mainly find it in Chile. […]

ARCS Atlanta Fall Cocktail Party

Winzer Krems Grüner Veltliner Sandgrube 2012 Kremstal, Austria Grüner Veltliner is a white wine grape from Austria. Don’t let the name throw you off — the wine made from Grüner Veltliner is easy to drink and very food friendly. Crisp and dry, this light to medium-bodied wine has bright citrus fruit flavors and subtle white pepper, […]

De Martino Winery: Reinventing Chile

“Reinventing Chile” is more than just a tagline for De Martino. It’s both a mission statement and a vision – to produce wines that are not just exceptional for Chile, but truly world-class. “We want to show people that Chile can produce exciting wines,” said export director Guy Hooper, who visited in Atlanta in March. […]

Kuyen 2008 Red Blend

The temperature outside is getting colder, meals are getting hardier and spices like cinnamon, nutmeg and pepper are the flavors of the season. It’s the ideal time for drinking bigger, more mouth-filling red wines. Bold and spicy with a nice finesse, the Kuyen 2008 red blend from Chile is a wine to enjoy this fall. […]

AG Pick Under $15: 2006 Palo Alto Reserve

Looking for a good value red wine with lots of smoke and earth?  Try a bottle of the 2006 Palo Alto Reserve, a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Carménère and Syrah from Chile. The three grapes work in perfect harmony, with their dark fruit and spice notes mingling in your mouth for an intense and satisfying […]

What is Meritage?

If you drink wine from California you’ve probably heard of “Meritage.” But do you know what the word actually means? Meritage may sound fancy-schmancy but it’s basically a made up word for a Bordeaux-style blend made by a winemaker who has paid a fee to use the word. But first let’s start with the pronunciation […]