Written By Treve Ring Libations / Red Wine Feb 6, 2012 Geo Wines Chono Reserva Syrah 2009 SHARE VIA: Facebook Twitter PinterestGeo Wines Chono Reserva Syrah 2009 Elqui Valley, Chile $18-22 + +854604 available at select private liquor retailers http://www.geowines.clThe Chileans are coming!The Vancouver Playhouse International Wine Festival kicks off in three weeks (21 sleeps!) and the Chileans are coming. Not just any random Chilean, mind, but the rock stars of Chile’s wine industry, and their cutting edge wines, modern methodology and vibrant personalities. One such star is Alvaro Espinoza, a sought after enologist and winemaker, who along with partner Juan Carlos Faúndez, owns and oversees the Chono micro-estates line. The newest venture for Alvaro is Geo Wines, a portfolio of high quality, unique and individual wines from across Chile’s most exciting terroirs.The Chono range of five Reserve wines are handpicked from Elqui valley, Maipo valley, Colchagua and Bio Bio, and produced only in very limited volumes.These Syrah grapes (plus 15% Sangiovese) come from the striking semi-arid desert landscape of the Elqui Valley [ELL-key], in one of Chile’s most northerly quality wine regions. This region draws travellers looking for enlightenment and spiritual answers; when the Earth’s magnetic forces were measured by satellite in 1982 it was found that the greatest point of energy was located in the Elqui Valley, and reports say it is the brightest and clearest region in the world. The stony, windy slopes of this high altitude site yield grapes of rich color, alluring spice and refined fruit. Sweet mulberry, medicinal black cherry, lightly smoked tea, cured meat and cassis are wrapped round and silky smooth, with supple tannins and white pepper on the lingering finish. Reminiscent of Northern Rhone Syrah in style, at a fraction of the price ($20!!). Pour with grilled sausage, or salted and herbed red meats. Chono wines will be poured at Playhouse, where Alvaro Espinoza will be a welcomed guest.*The Next Star Grape: Syrah is a seminar offering at this year’s Playhouse, and this wine will be part of the line-up. Book your ticket here. “With its diversity of climates, Chile is able to produce some fantastic examples of Syrah from big, lusty, juicy delights from warmer climates to cooler climates where the wines turn sublimely spicy and complex. Rhys Pender MW and DJ Kearney will lead participants on a journey through some stunning examples of Chilean Sryah – will it be Chile’s next star?”88 Points~~~The Vancouver Playhouse International Wine Festival is one of North America’s largest and greatest celebrations of wine. This year from February 27 to March 4, the theme country is Chile and the focus is Cabernet(s). EAT will be on site for the whole week, with daily posts, DRINKs, tweets and updates live from the festival.VPIWFwine review SHARE VIA: Facebook Twitter Pinterest Written By: Treve Ring Treve Ring is a wine writer, editor, judge, consultant and certified sommelier, and has been with EAT Magazine for over a decade.\r\n\r\nIn addition to her work with EAT, she is a Wine Critic and National Judge for ... Read More You may also like Food Events / Food News September 18, 2019 EAT Buzz Up-Island & Tofino September|October 2019 The Buzz Up-Island It’s high time for festival season! I anticipate this time of the year all year long when fresh produce is in abundance, ... Read More Food Events / Food News July 3, 2019 EAT Buzz Up-island & Tofino July|August 2019 The Buzz Up-island July 2019 “First we EAT, then we do everything else”(M.K.Fisher) – at least I do anyway. Never short of ... Read More Events / Food News / Places June 27, 2019 City EATS July|August 2019 Summertime means eating al fresco, whether on one of our city’s many lovely outdoor patios or packing a picnic and heading to a park or ... Read More Events / Food News / Places May 3, 2019 City EATS May 2019 Summer is on the way! This seems like a good time to remind you about Victoria’s incredible small batch ice cream and frozen treat makers, just in ... Read More Events / Food News / Places May 3, 2019 The Buzz Tofino May 2019 16th Tofino Food & Wine Festival — 20 top chefs, 75 wineries and 21 breweries to indulge on June 7th – 9th. Friday kicks off The Cocktail ... Read More Events / Food News / Places May 3, 2019 The Buzz Up-island May 2019 Living on Vancouver Island is like living in paradise; however, I think Mother Nature is possibly going to test our resilience this season with ... Read More Comments are closed.