September 2010 Issue of Wines & Vines

Preparing for THE BIG ONE

What American vintners can learn from Chile's magnitude 8.8 quake

by Deborah Grossman
The weather at Santa Rita Winery on Feb. 26 was warm and breezeless. It was an ideal setting for a tasting on the patio at the winery’s hotel, an hour south of Santiago, Chile. While sipping 2008 Medalla Real Carmenère with winemaker-marketing director Maria Cecila Pino, I learned that Carmenère was rediscovered at the Claro Wine Group’s sister winery, coincidentally name…

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