n a plane ride in February to visit the
winegrowing regions in Chile and
Argentina, I was thrilled to see the
rugged Andes. Running the length
of South America, the mountains create
unique climates on both sides, which wine-
makers have taken advantage of to produce
some wonderful wines.
In coastal Chile, it’s all about cool air and
fog coming in off the Pacific and gathering
at the cloud-catching Andean peaks. Bordeaux
varietals are the staples here; in fact, Chilean
winemakers dedicate more vineyards to cabernet sauvignon than anywhere else in the world
outside of France.
In Argentina, the rain shadow creates hot
and dry conditions, and vineyards can be
found at ;;,;;; feet. This land produces ;;
percent of the world’s malbec, which thrives on
the combination of high altitude and intense
Here’s a look at the wines I love from these
two beautiful New World growing areas, and
why we’re excited to feature them more and
more at Costco.
Chile: New wines full of life
While wine has been produced in Chile
since the Spaniards first planted grapes there in
the mid-;;;;s, in modern times the industry
didn’t flourish until the ;;;;s. Fueled by foreign investment and entrepreneurial local winemakers, the acreage devoted to grapes doubled
over a decade.
If you’re like me, your collection includes a
variety of Chilean wines. Cabernet sauvignon
tops the list, but you can also find carménère
from Chile, along with sauvignon blanc and
chardonnay, which make up most of the white
wines from Chile.
Find these fine South
American wines at
select Costco locations.
Errazuriz Max Reserva
Chile Item #30952
A tale of two countries
Chile and Argentina are producing wonderful
new wines that break from tradition
by ANNETTE ALVAREZ;PETERS
Organic vineyards near Mendoza in Argentina with the Andes in the background.
Costco’s wine, beer
and spirits program.