Wine Wednesday: Chilean Sauvnignon Blanc

The Farmer and I recently had the chance to visit Panama.  Not the beach or Florida city.  But the country! And what a beautiful land Panama is.

I may be swayed, but I didn’t have any bad wine while on this trip. Although, I was right next to the ocean and in vacation mode. So maybe it all just tasted good to me!

We were able to have dinner at a very nice restaurant in our hotel the last night of our trip. The wines served in this restaurant were different than they were serving in the bars.  I love Sauvignon Blanc and quickly decided to try the Santa Helena Sauvignon Blanc.  

This wine was produced in the Central Valley of Chile.  Having just visited Chile last March, I was excited to see another wine from this region. The region makes some fantastic wines and nearly every winery I visited while in Chile was outstanding.

I’m not sure I’d call this wine outstanding.  It was good, but nothing special.  My first problem is shown below.

The wine was served much too cold.  I’m not sure if you can tell, but I can almost see how cold the glass is when I look at this picture!  White wine should be served much closer to room temperature than it normally is.  My rule of thumb is white wine goes in the fridge 20 minutes before you want to serve it.  This was living in a very cold refrigerator!

The wine was pale in color.  The taste had a bit of straw and green grass, which is common in Sauvignon Blanc’s.  I also noticed some gooseberry, albeit a bit unripe.  It was a fine wine for the resort.  We were staying in an all-inclusive, so I have no idea how much this wine really cost.  

While the wine isn’t probably something I would buy, I did enjoy it at the moment.  We were dining with great friends, laughing and enjoy a lovely meal.  In the end, that’s how I think wine should be enjoyed!  


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