Tag Archives: Santa Alicia

Winter Specials: Santa Alicia (Chile)

SANTA ALICIA – a former winner of the International Wine & Spirit Competition’s Chilean Winery of the Year award – has been farming grapes in the Pirque, Maria Pinto and Melipilla subregions of the Maipo Valley, which hugs Santiago, since 1945. Much loved by our customers since first being listed in 2009, this modern, high-achieving …

New star additions for Santa Alicia

We’ll be continuing to expand our range of wines over the coming months, with everything from heavyweight medal winning blockbusters, to the finest, most intriguing hidden gems yet to grace the Irish palate. You can be the first to know of our latest additions by following this blog (click on the little orange tag above, …

David Gonzalez (Santa Alicia) talks to Curious Wines

David Gonzalez is chief winemaker at Santa Alicia, the winery which picked up Best Chilean Wine Producer at the 2007 International Wine & Spirits Competition. This is the man behind undoubtedly some of the best Chilean wines to reach Irish shores, and we’re really happy to have him answer our questions. (Click here to view …

Tasting Video: Santa Alicia Gran Reserva Cabernet 2006

There’s a great amount of time, energy and expense that goes into Santa Alicia’s Gran Reserva range. The wines are subject to 12 months in French oak, with a further 12 months in bottle before release. It’s a nice step up from the already impressive Reserva range. To view product page and for more details, …

The rise of Carmenère

Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Shiraz have traditionally been the big red players in the global wine market. There are a number of reasons these varietals have gained such popularity, one factor being that they are all relatively easy to cultivate, another being that they simply produce excellent wines. But if you are the sort of …

Matt’s wine collection: The perfect six

On Sunday I said goodbye to Bandon and hello to Ballincollig. Perhaps I still have a bit of the student in me, but to be a stones throw away from the beating heart of Cork City is a great experience. With living away from my dearest brother (and, might I add, I’m deeply saddened by …

Introducing Santa Alicia: Chilean Winery of the Year 2007

One of the jewels in our range, Santa Alicia has become a firm favourite with our loyal customers since we opened our doors in November of last year. And believe me, we couldn’t hide our excitement after learning we’d be stocking wine from Chilean Winery of the Year for 2007, as awarded by the International …

Wine for Dummies: Why it’s Oak-Kay to use Oak

For many winemakers the process of oak aging is as important as, say, choosing where to grow the grapes or when to harvest them. The complexity of flavours that can be derived from oak can help transform a wine into a different animal all together, and as well as adding a broader range of aromas …

Winter Comfort Carlow Potato Bake

One of the things I love about Irish winters is the justification to close the curtains at 5pm, build a roaring open fire, open a big bottle of red wine, and tuck into some winter comfort food. As the Italian’s developed cuisine around an abundance of sunshine, us Paddies were sticking to Irish stew and …

Curious party blows a fuse

Set to take Bandon, Cork and Ireland by storm, the Curious party had been meticulously planned to perfection. The heat lamps were set, the food was plated and the wine was waiting to be opened. Half an hour before our first guests arrived we were plunged into darkness. Panic set in. Should we get our …