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Chilean wine production dates back to the 1500s, when Spanish conquistadors brought vines with them while colonizing the region. French vines were introduced to the region three centuries later. Because the country was an ocean away from the phylloxera plague that destroyed vines in France and the rest of Europe, the country remains one of the few places in the world where French varietals are grown on their own rootstock; nearly everywhere else they are grafted onto disease-resistant rootstock from another type of vine.
Over the past 30 years, Chilean wine production has taken off and the country is now the fifth largest exporter of wines in the world. Most of its production comes from an 800 mile stretch of land near the geographical center of this long, north-to-south country positioned between the Pacific Ocean to the west and the Andes Mountains to the east. Valle Central, Chile's most famous growing region, is located in the heart of that 800 mile stretch.
Wine Associate, Premier Wine & Spirits
Born and raised in Buffalo, Katherine lived in Sarasota, Florida before returning home in September, 2008. Her experience with serving wine locally includes legendary restaurants such as Mulligan’s on Hertel, the Great Gatsby and The Cloister. Upon moving to Florida, Katherine became bar manager at Michael's on East; restaurant owner Michael Klauber was a pioneer in serving great wines by the glass, had a 400 bottle wine list, and was the founder of the Florida Winefest & Auction. While employed there, Katherine met and worked with hundreds of famous winemakers and chefs. She moved into the retail wine business seven years later, and eventually took a position with a local land owner who had a huge collection of investment wines. This evolved into buying wines for investment and selling them at auction at Acker Merrall & Condit in New York. Selling, serving and drinking wine has been a lifelong passion for Katherine, and her desire to expand her knowledge of wines continues to grow.
2008 / 750 ml.Chile | Valle del MallecoItem #63805
Katherine Able says:This is definitely a wine of great finesse and elegance. On the nose are notes of lemon zest and hazelnuts. On the palate, layers of poached pear and caramelized white peaches evolve. Delicate oak nuances... view more$27.99Only $25.19 when you buy a solid or mixed case
2012 / 750 ml.Chile | Valle Central | Curicó ValleyItem #71242
Katherine Able says:This vintage is bright and racy, with flavors of pear, lemon and grapefruit. Minerality notes, lively acidity and green grassy elements balance the wine nicely. It finishes long with a touch of lemon zest.... view more$8.99Compare: $10.99 You save: $2.00
2011 / 750 ml.Chile | Limarí ValleyItem #73368
Katherine Able says:This Chilean Chardonnay starts with fresh pineapple and pear on the nose. Full-bodied, with nice acidity, it shows a slight touch of oak that adds complexity. The tropical fruit flavors are nicely balanced... view more$12.99Compare: $14.99 You save: $2.00