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Santa Carolina Brings Living Heritage From Chile To Your Home

Wine always has a special place in my heart because I solely love the process and the people who make it, especially the ones that dedicate themselves to the craft for a long time. 

Wine is a beautiful import and export that represents the taste of a culture of how they make their own blend of wine from their own grapes. 

Enter The Wines of Santa Carolina

The Chilean winemaker, Santa Carolina has been producing great wines for a long time, over 150 years to be exact. That’s why their tagline Living Heritage is so well placed.

Enjoying wine brands with a long lineage to the past brings a new appreciation to the wine that we drink. They have endured good seasons, not-so-favourable ones and weathered many storms in all sorts of ways to continue extracting great and constant wines over time.

Santa Carolina has brought a few new blends to the shelves of your favourite wine stores, two in particular, that I am bringing to you in terms of a review.

Let’s Take a Trip To Chile For A Moment

Based in Colchagua Valley in Chile, Santa Carolina has been crafting their wines for many decades and call the valley home.

Located in central Chile, the Colchagua Valley is one of the most promising regions for wine. 

The wine-growing climate is pretty ideal as it has a beautiful mix of warm weather, cool ocean breezes and dry climates with occasional rain.

This combination of warm and cool mixtures creates great wine blends from what is known as the ‘Napa Valley’ of Chile.

Today, we sample two particular blends, both are at a very gift-giving price point. 

Santa Carolina Chardonnay 2020 Reserva

If you are looking for a bolder, sweet and soft medium-bodied Chardonnay with some sweeter notes of vanilla and fruit then this blend will play very nice with your palette. It won’t be as buttery as a Chardonnay from California, but the complexities and subtle sweetness make it worth a second look.

Tasting Notes

  • Toasty 
  • Yellow Plums
  • Hints of Vanilla and Hazelnuts
  • Has some medium sweetness
  • A softer, bolder fruit flavours

When to enjoy:

Just pouring it fall/winter’s evening on a weekend as the sun is going down after it was cooled in the fridge for a few hours or a last-minute freezer blitz before opening.

Santa Carolina Cabernet Sauvignon 2019 Reserva 

The medium-bodied, well-balanced Cabernet Sauvignon has a longer finish than most but plays nicely with cigars (with its smokiness) or something to be enjoyed with a nice, table-set dinner. 

Tasting Notes:

  • Smokiness
  • Floral notes of plum, cherry
  • Licorice
  • Has a bolder, more structure flavoured
  • Spicier and with more acidity

When to enjoy:

Surprisingly you can enjoy this with a simple charcuterie board and I believe the flavours would be really great to accompany all the meat and cheese on the platter. You can also pair this with the more traditional red wine approaches like red meats, steak and tomato-based pasta dishes as well. But, try it with charcuterie and tell me I am wrong.

The Bottom Line

Treat yourself to a palette vacation down to Chile and look for this duo from Santa Carolina. If you have interested in medium-bodied, bold flavours for your next dinner party, try the Santa Carolina provides some great blends to share.

If you want to extend the experience even further, Santa Carolina has a curated playlist inspired by life in the Colchagua Valley.

Grab some bottles, order in some flavourful food, put on a great playlist and enjoy a trip south without having to leave your home. 

For more information about Santa Carolina, please visit their website.

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