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 Filed as : Regional SpotlightChile

Here's Sipping With You, Kid

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  • Publish Date: Apr 21, 2009

Picture a handsomely clad Humphrey Bogart as he walks into the tasting room and casually lights a cigarette. He’s poured a taste of Pinot Noir which he swirls, inhales deeply, sips, swishes in his mouth and swallows. Staring longingly into the glass he says, “Pour it again, Sam.” That’s how things would play out in Casablanca…Casablanca Valley, Chile, that is.

In a country where Cabernet Sauvignon is the most bountiful grape, the budding Casablanca Valley has risen into the limelight by producing high quality wines that thrive in the slightly cooler climate it provides: Sauvignon Blanc and Pinot Noir. Located less than 12 miles from the Pacific Ocean (Northwest of Santiago), the Casablanca Valley benefits from cool night air, morning fog and a slightly later harvest. The result is Sauvignon Blanc that boasts bright acidity, minerality and well developed fruit flavors along with balanced Pinot Noir that maintains its delicacy while offering the New World, fruit forward, style that put Chile and Argentina on the map.

Be on the lookout for Kingston Vineyards wines—both their Cariblanco Sauvignon Blanc and Alazan Pinot Noir are top notch.

Tasted anything from Casablanca? Share your thoughts or see what others had to say below.

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King of The Hill - Judd Finkelstein
Green, Green, Wine

Apr 21, 2009
I love Casablanca- almost as much as I love the Cariblanco Sauvignon Blanc by Kingston! So tasty- and really a Chardonnay or SB lover's Sauvignon Blanc.

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Apr 21, 2009
I've had the Kingston Bayo Oscuro Syrah which was excellent as well.

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Which of these appellations is NOT part of the Languedoc-Roussillon wine region?