Wise Wine Review:

Casillero del Diablo Concha Y Toro Chile Sauvignon Blanc 2008 (click for more info)
Taste Score = 8/10 Points
Cost Score = 9.5/10 Points
Overall Score = 8.5/10 Points (Additional stats below)

Talking with my friend, photographer, and fellow wine lover, Jennifer Senel, we began discussing my two favorite topics: food and wine. She had some advice to share with me along with a great glass of wine:

"Ok, here is a problem that I find a lot of us do...

You find a recipe that calls for wine. Looks yummy doesn't it. Well not if you use the wine that you find on the spice aisle. Look at the price and look at the quantity. Taste it. Would you serve it? Hell no! So why put it in your food?

There are plenty of decent inexpensive wines that you will drink and spare a splash or two in a recipe. And I know we have all heard the tip "freeze your leftover wine and use it to cook with." Who has left over wine? Seriously. If you need to cook with wine, buy a decent bottle you don't mind drinking. Otherwise, find a new recipe."

Here's a bottle that's inexpensive enough to spare for cooking, yet tasty enough to enjoy a glass when the meal is ready to be served...

Let's get down to drinkin'!

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Wine Geek Vintage Info:
"Straw in color with green hues. Fresh and citric bouquet with notes of peaches and hints of gooseberry. Gentle, round and mouthfilling with crisp acidity. A clean and bright wine of astounding quality." �Concha y Toro

Recommended Food Pairing:
"This wine is best when served chilled. Enjoy with ceviche, oysters, and sushi."

Producer: Concha y Toro
Vintage: 2008
Varietal: Sauvignon Blanc
Appellation: Chile
Residual Sugar: N/A
pH: N/A
Production: N/A
Alcohol %: 13.5
Aging: 100% fermented in stainless steel and aged for 4 to 6 months sur lie.
Cost: $10/bottle (Get your own bottle!)

Wine Whore Score:

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Let's take a closer look...

To the eye:
Translucent yellow with subtle green hues

To the nose:
Expressive with plenty of varietal identity; tropical fruits, white peach, currant, and refreshing citrus notes.

On the tongue:
In the mouth it feels balanced, intense, fresh and with a good acidity level. An elegant and round wine with a pleasant, long finish.

For only $10, this is a devil of a great value! Full in flavor, not sweet and fruity, but very bold in character makes this wine great for cooking but also nice to drink when the pots and pans are empty.

Get yourself a bottle and experience it firsthand!


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Photos of courtesy of Jennifer Senel Photography, and Concha y Toro

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Kort said...

The Casillero del Diablo line from CyT is a good one. I enjoy several of their wines. Great article! :)

The Wine Whore said...

Hello Kort! : )

Thank you! I am surprised by the quality of The Casillero del Diablo wines especially considering their price! Great wine to drink while you cook, or cook while you drink.


Alleigh said...

Good to know! I see this wine all the time, but haven't had a chance to try it.

Also interesting about the cooking. I've actually read in several places that while it was true with beer (not cooking with beer that you wouldn't drink) that it wasn't true with wine, although that never made sense to me. So, it's good to see others supporting the "cook with what you'd drink" philosophy.

The Wine Whore said...

Hello Alleigh!

I get so caught up in the wine world, that I didn't stop to think about beer. I wonder if anyone has any supporting arguments for the other side?


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