Margaret Swaine’s Wine Picks: Chile

Vintages most recent release focuses on food-friendly Chilean wines. Find these picks via

Caliterra Tributo Single Vineyard Sauvignon Blanc 2011
$14.95 (88 Points)
From the newer region of Leyda Valley close to the Pacific Ocean, this medium-bodied white is distinctive and expressive with a citrus hit and notes of white asparagus and grapefruit. Refreshing with good intensity of flavour, it lingers pleasantly on the palate. Enjoy this with seafood salads, ceviche or grilled veggies.

Oveja Negra The Lost Barrel 2008
$24.95 (89 Points)
Quite dense, plush on the palate, with spiced dark berry (blueberry, blackberry, blackcurrant) aromas and tastes, this ready-to-enjoy red has been aged one year in French oak. A blend of mainly syrah and old vine carignan with some carmenère and a dollop of petit verdot, its hints of tar, smoke and oak make it a good match with grilled meats.

Pérez Cruz Reserva Cabernet Sauvignon 2010
$15.95 (88 Points)
This bargain-priced Vintages Essential from Maipo Valley is a customer favourite. Ripe with spiced red berry flavours, mocha overtones and a touch of herbs, it expresses the typical cabernet character of its region. Rounded on the palate, it has smooth tannins with a good grip in the finish. Have with burgers and kebabs fresh off the barbecue.