Here’s another one of my self-learning experiences. An opportunity to experience the huge difference between Pinot and Cabernet wines. And hopefully enjoy both. I cannot think of a better way of understanding the differences between these grape varieties than buying and opening a good sample of each ““ such as the ones below.

So, Pinot first. Echeverria’s wine delivers spicy/exotic flavours and a lush feeling. Think gentle, spicy/sweet, and slow paced. While it’s a red wine, the feeling does not suggest red meats, but Mediterranean dishes with spicy flavours such as Morroccan, or herb roasted chicken. Best lightly chilled to cut the sweet impression.

Solidness is the statement in Santa Julia’s blend of Cabernet, Malbec and Syrah. The firm handshake, and suggestion of structure and order. “don’t mess with my steak”. This is classic grilled red meat wine ““ hold the sauce. Should work well for the next few years for those who like to cellar. Nice to see a New World wine respecting traditional red wine character.

Have fun. Buy the pair, open on Friday night and have fun tasting back and forth with meals over the weekend. Don’t you love me planning your life?!

ESCHEVERRIA 18 Pinot Noir Gran Reserva, Chile 485284 Vintages $15.95

SANTA JULIA 17 “˜Magna’, Mendoza, Argentina 93799 Vintages $15.95

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