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A Beginner's Guide to Chilean Wine

Once upon a time, you'd grab a so-so $9 Cabernet from Chile to bring to a housewarming, or sip a glass of just-okay Chilean Chardonnay at a wedding and not think twice about it. I have some good news: today's Chilean wine scene has gotten more quality-focused, and more and more of Chile's wines are unique, interesting, and delicious. Many producers—notably Veramonte and Emiliana—have made strong commitments to organic and biodynamic agriculture, and winemakers are busy exploring the country's old vines and unique terroir.