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Montes Wines Tweet-Up & Tasting…a Twasting?

Selection of Montes winesI was lucky enough to have #WineWednesday plans with the great folks from Montes Wines of Chile. Winemaker Aurelio Montes is touring the US to launch a selection of new wines that will be available across the US within the next month or so. They hosted a wine tasting Tweet-Up at the South Loop Binny’s and it was a blast. I lost count of exactly how many wines we tried, but I think it was around eight or so and they were from the spectrum of various labels of Montes Wines including Montes, Montes Alpha, Outer Limits and Kaiken.

 For me, one of the most unique wines of the night was the Montes Carmenere. Carmenere grapes are unique to Chile and, for a number of years, the wine made from them was mistakingly labeled as a merlot until a grape scientist identified them as carmenere. Montes offers both carmenere blends and carmenere-only wines and I really enjoyed the ripe berry taste, vanilla notes and smooth finish on all the carmenere wines I tasted. I even got a signed bottle of the Montes Alpha Camenere to pair with a yet-to-be-dreamed-up dinner.

Autographed bottle

"Thanks for Your Support. -Aurelio Montes June, 2012"

In addition to tasting fabulous wine and enjoying lovely company of some new Tweeps, it was also really interesting to learn about the Montes family, how the 2010 earthquake in Chile impacted production and the unique stories behind some of their labels. For example, their Outer Limits offerings come from grapes that are grown in vinyards that were considered “out of the limits” where grapes were traditionally grown and they’ve paired with acclaimed British cartoonist Ralph Steadman to design the labels on their Twins and Cherub wines which depict adorable drunk cherubs!

Drunk TwinsNext time you are searching for something new to sip, keep your eye open for something from the Montes family. You won’t be dissapointed. Also, see what others are saying about Montes Wines at #MontesAngels. Cheers!