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WineFairy chats with Mario Silva of Casa Silva; winemakers Ernesto Bajda and Nicolas Audebert; and with Robyn Tinsley of Wine Skinny

Segment-1: Wine Regions - Viña Casa Silva, Colchagua Valley, Chilean Family Winery Specializes in Terroir Driven Carmenère - Mario Pablo Silva
 
01: Following five generations of growing exceptional Colchagua Valley grapes (many from century-old Bordeaux vines brought over by first generation ancestor, Emile Bouchon) for other wineries in Chile, it was Mario Pablo Silva who, in 1997, suggested the family bottle wine under their own Casa Silva label. Today, as the owner and Managing Director of Viña Casa Silva, Mario Pablo Silva has established the family-owned and operated winery as an important fixture in Chiles new generation of premium wine producers and more specifically, as a leader in the development and understanding of Chiles trademark wine, Carmenère. In May 2011, Silva was instrumental in helping to pass this long-negotiated new appellation system through the Chilean government, allowing producers the right to use three new terms on their labels Costa (coast), Entre Cordilleras (central) and Andes (eastern). Mario Pablo Silva is the current Vice President of Vinos de Chile, the trade association that represents the interests of Chilean wine producers.

 

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Segment-2: Wine Regions - Mendoza, Argentina, Don Miguel Gascón High Altitude Malbec Vineyards - Ernesto Bajda
 
02: Mendoza, Argentina is the perfect home for winemaker Ernesto Bajda because he has an incredible passion for high altitude vineyards. In fact, he was a panelist at the First International High Altitude and Winemaking Symposium in Lake County, California, in 2007, where he presented research on the effect of varying altitudes on Malbec grapes and wines. With seven vintages behind him, Ernesto is emerging as a cutting-edge winemaker. He joined Bodegas Escorihuela Gascón in 2008 to lead the winemaking team at a new, high-tech facility, where Don Miguel Gascón Malbec is crafted. Born to Slovenian immigrants, Ernesto is well known among his colleagues for carrying on his Balkan ancestors' passion for distilled aguardientes (grappa).

 

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Segment-3: Wine Regions - Cheval des Andes: "Argentina With a Small French Touch" - Nicolas Audebert
 
03: Cheval des Andes, Vistalba, Luján de Cuyo, Mendoza, is a blended wine based on two main varieties, Malbec, and Cabernet Sauvignon. Nicolas Audebert is Winemaker of Cheval des Andes, the pioneering joint venture between Château Cheval Blanc, St. Emilion Premier Grand Cru Class, and Terrazas de los Andes, a property of Moët Hennessy Wine Estates, established in 1999. Nicolas leverages his training in assemblage with a hands-on appreciation for the high elevation vineyards of Mendoza. The wine is produced from a single vineyard on terraces of the Cordon de la Plata section of the Andes Mountains at the western fringe of Argentina, situated in a desert environment. Malbec vines average 74 years of age. Vineyard practices reflect a Bordeaux culture. Production averages 50,000 bottles per year.

 

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Segment-4: Wine Education - WineSkinny.com Provides the Inside Wine Skinny from Houston Sans Snobbery - Robyn Tinsley
 
04: The Wine Skinny, co-founded by Robyn Tinsley, started in 1998 as an experiment in internet publishing and with the commitment to making wine fun and accessible to everyone-novice and expert alike. Tinsley has been the Managing Editor since its inception. The idea behind this site is that wine is an essential part of life and food and time with friends and family. Robyn regularly contributes wine articles and wine-and-food pairing recommendations to a number of publications, including Sante, GRAPE, Wine Enthusiast Magazine, Culinary Thymes Magazine, My Table Magazine, BestDressedMeals.com, iChef.com, post-gazette.com, wine.com, healthykitchen.com, thehomevine.com and others. She also contributes wine pairings to books, including the upcoming Les Dames d'Escoffier cookbook, an international organization of which she is a member. She has completed the first level of the Court of Master Sommelier program and is a Certified Specialist of Wine with the Society of Wine Educators. In 2011, she completed the Wine & Spirits Education Trust (WSET) diploma.

 

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lynn krielow chamberlain is an independent wine and food journalist and host of the "Wine and Dine" radio show heard on VinVillageRadio broadcast on wsRadio, the world-wide leader in internet talk-radio with over 4-million listeners a month!


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