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Discover Monday: July 11, Chilean Edition

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$5 Wine features tonight; Introducing two wonderful wines from Chile:

2015, Casas del Bosque Reserva, Sauvignon Blanc, Casablanca, Chile
The best Chilean sauvignon blancs generally come from Casablanca Valley, which enjoys cooling influences from the Pacific coast at an altitude of 800 feet above sea level. Founded in 1993, the award-winning Casas del Bosque was one of the first wineries in the valley. Renowned winemaker Grant Phelps has worked at Casas del Bosque for more than 13 years and crafted this wine. Grapes were harvested at night to maintain the fruit’s full potential and acidity. In the cellar, grapes were gently pressed and allowed skin contact for four days. The majority of the wine was vinified in temperature-controlled stainless steel vats, and 4 percent of it was barrel-fermented to add texture and weight. In the glass, it offers aromas of kiwi, lime zest and a whiff of jalapeno. On the palate, taste grapefruit, guava, mineral undertones and an herbal character.

2014, Cousiño-Macul Don Matias Reserva, Syrah, Maipo Valley, Chile
Cousiño-Macul was founded in the 19th century and remains a family-run operation. The Don Matias Reserva Syrah is ripe and fresh on the nose with impressive red fruit, blackberry and blackcurrant tones. An easy-drinking style that puts the fruit front and centre. Balanced and quite long, this is a great value and a wine not to be missed.

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