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Concha y Toro Tour Bus & Free Wine Tasting Saturday Afternoon

Posted by John Eckhart Posted on Apr - 18 - 2013


Dear Enotecans,

There is a winery producing delicious wine from Chile, and they are touring America!  They’ve outfitted this RV and are making stops along the west coast this month.  Saturday they stop at Enoteca!

Event Reminders:

castillero-del-diablo-carmenereConcha y Toro – Castillero del Diablo

Their next stop is at Enoteca Drinkery & Refuge on Saturday, April 20th, from 3-5pm.  Come by to meet the Concha y Toro people and get free tastes of wine from their Castillero del Diablo line.  We’re going to be featuring these tasty wines and offering special deals during this event as well.

Both of these tasty wines can be had for under $10 during the event!
red-wineCastillero del Diablo Carmenere
(Rapel Valley, Chile)

A native French variety, this grape was almost wiped out completely after the great phylloxera plague. It resurfaced in Chile at the end of the 19th century where it produces wines of intense colour, soft tannins and restrained acidity. The predominant characteristic flavours are red fruits with a hint of chocolate and coffee.

Chocolate, coffee and spicy aromas combine with raspberry and blackberry flavours in this Carmenère, Chile’s very own grape.

Carmenere is a soft, spicy red wine that goes brilliantly with spicy meat dishes. Try it with a lightly spiced lamb biryani or curry. Good Carmenere is really ripe and juicy, making it the perfect wine to go with rich tomato based dishes sprinkled with lots of herbs. Try it with meatballs or baked aubergine with an intense tomato sauce. With its rich berry fruits and mocha flavours, Carmenere can even be paired with dark chocolate. Go for a really good quality chocolate with a high cocoa content.

100% Carmenère

red-wineCastillero del Diablo Cabernet Sauvignon
(Rapel Valley, Chile)

Originally from Bordeaux in France this is the most widely grown grape variety worldwide, a feat that is largely due to the fact that Cabernet Sauvignon is able to adapt successfully to almost every type of soil. When they are first bottled, these wines can display firm tannins which tend to soften over time and give way to exceptional, elegant, full-bodied wines characterised by black fruit and cassis flavours.

This is a smooth Cabernet Sauvignon full of cassis and black cherry flavours, complemented by hints of coffee and dark chocolate.

Cabernet Sauvignon is a perfect match for flavourful food, including red meats, herbaceous dishes and mature hard cheeses. It works particularly well with meats that contain some fat for example rib eye steak or roast duck – the fat from the meat that coats the palate balances the youthful tannins in the wine. As Cabernet ages, it becomes less intense, thereby altering the type of dish that is best suited to it. Intense reduction sauces are no longer as successful a match with older Cabernets.

100% Cabernet Sauvignon

What is the back story?


Here’s what the winery has to say about their wine cellar, pictured to the right.

Unsurprisingly, for a country of so many different people and cultures, Chile is steeped in myth and legend. These are reflected in art, folk song and an enduring enthusiasm for potions, available in any marketplace, both to cure common ailments and to ward off evil spirits.

Even the origins of the land are shrouded in mystery. When the Creator had finished making the rest of the world, so the story goes, He had many pieces left over – lakes and forests, meadows and hills, mountains and deserts. Rather than let so much beauty go to waste, He tossed them all together into the remotest corner of the earth. And so Chile was formed.

Today, it seems that every village has tales of its own brujo or witch…both male and female, friendly and not so friendly. It’s said they can transform themselves into owls, to watch over people and their homes, and wear waistcoats of fish scales, which enable them to fly from place to place.

But one of the most amusing stories concerns our own winery – Casillero del Diablo. The name, meaning the Devil’s Cellar, comes from the local rumour that the devil himself lurked in the depths of the winery. But it turns out that this was actually put about by the owner of the cellars, our founder Don Melchor de Concha y Toro, to deter would-be thieves. In fact, the word is that the wily nobleman even had a tunnel built from his mansion, so He could walk the cellars, clad in a long black cloak, keeping an eye on things and giving credence to the rumour.

Categories: Fine Wine


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