jamie goode's wine blog: Gala dinner, a late night, and Vinedo Chadwick

Friday, January 18, 2008

Gala dinner, a late night, and Vinedo Chadwick

So little time to blog, and so much to say... Last night's gala dinner for the Wines of Chile Awards was an impressive event, held in a lovely setting (an old, grand house in Santiago). There was a really great band, a Chilean TV/movie star hosting, and lots of dancing. Then a few of us went off with a crazy winemaker to a techno club. The music was 'alternative': very repetitive and mesmeric - best with drugs, I suspect [which I refused]. I got to bed at 3.30 am. If I get a chance, I'll post the results, which I feel a degree of responsibility for, along with my fellow judges. They caused quite a stir in some circles.

Today we were at Vinedo Chadwick all day, hosted by Eduardo Chadwick. This is a vineyard he planted on his dad's polo field at the family home in what is now virtually the Santiago suburbs in the Alto Maipo. We lunched well, tasting the famous wines that won the now famous Berlin tastings. More on this later. The 2000 Vinedo Chadwick is a lovely wine, better in my view than the 2001 Sena by some distance. I really, really liked the Errazuriz Kai 2005, a new 'icon' Carmenere that Eduardo is launching. Overall, the standard of the wines here is pretty high.

Pictured: the Chadwick vineyard.



At 10:42 AM, Anonymous Alex Lake said...

I see that fellow judge Jancis described Chadwick 2000 as "Sweet and heady" (and not in a good way). Do you think that's a bit harsh?

At 6:44 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

"The music was 'alternative': very repetitive and mesmeric - best with drugs, I suspect"

Oh dear. Another rock luddite nails his colours to the mast.

At 7:44 PM, Anonymous John Parr said...

Its been great to follow your experience in Chile and more and more frustrating not to be there!!Enjoy the rest of your stay, will follow you interpretation of the results with interest.Best Wishes

At 8:57 PM, Blogger Jamie said...

I think describing chadwick thus is a bit harsh - it was a stylish wine in my book.

Yes, a rock luddite!

John, thanks for the nice comment.


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