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10 May 2010 News

Errazuriz is thrilled to announce that in a blind tasting of the top wines from around the world by seventy of the most important wine trade in the United States, KAI was voted the number one wine. British wine legend Steven Spurrier recreated the format from the historic Paris Tasting he held in 1976, the landmark event that gave credibility to quality wines from California, dispelled the myth of the superiority of French wine, and prompted the expansion of wine production throughout the New World. Today, a Chilean wine sat atop the wine world.

Mr. Spurrier led a panel with more than seventy of the United States’ most highly regarded wine journalists, professionals and buyers to judge a range of top 2006 vintage wines: Château Lafite Rothschild and Château Haut-Brion from France, Opus One and Stag’s Leap SLV from California, and Sassicaia from Italy.

In the blind tasting, Errazuriz’ KAI 2006 was voted first with top honors, followed by Opus One 2006. In third place came Château Haut-Brion 2006. The result is not only a spectacular victory for Chile, but also for Chile’s emerging signature grape: Carmènere. A long-lost grape variety from Bordeaux, in the last decade Chile has claimed Carmènere as its own and shown that it is capable of making wines that stand alongside the world’s very finest

The elegant Mandarin Oriental was the perfect setting for this event. The day began with a presentation by Eduardo Chadwick comparing top wine regions of the world, including Bordeaux, Napa Valley, Tuscany, and Chile. The lecture was followed by the now-historic “Berlin Tasting–New York.” While Errazuriz intended to demonstrate that its wines can stand shoulder to shoulder with the best in the world, it was astonishing to see one of their wines rank at the very top.

In 2004, Spurrier and Errazuriz Owner Eduardo Chadwick led a tasting in Berlin, Germany, modeled after the 1976 Paris Tasting, and have held similar tasting in seven other countries. In that first tasting in 2004, a group of legendary French and Italian wines were placed by judges a distance behind a Chilean wine from Errazuriz, Viñedo Chadwick. Today, history repeated itself as the United States decided that KAI from Errazuriz would become a world benchmark.

Errazuriz Owner Eduardo Chadwick holds up the winning bottle, flanked by VINTUS owner Michael Quinttus and Steven Spurrier

The tasters, hard at work

A beautiful day in New York City