CHANGE IS AFOOT in Alto Jahuel. First planted in 1850, the roots of Santa Rita’s historic 600ha wine estate run deep. This is a site of both viticultural heritage and cultural importance for Chile: it was once a hideout for 120 soldiers during the independence wars, and it was in this same vineyard that Carmenère was first identified, hidden away between Merlot vines, in 1994. … Continue reading Santa Rita – A Clean Sweep: Producer Profile, Decanter Magazine 2018
Following three years of paper pushing, Cava’s new, super-premium category, Cava Paraje Calificado (CPC), has been approved and will hit shelves in time for Christmas. This slimmed down Cava category presently includes 12 wines, all of which meet meticulously high standards in a bid to elevate Cava to a world-class sparkling wine category.
Some areas of Chile and Argentina are experiencing changes in the frequency and severity of weather extremes. While many winemaking regions struggle to adapt, there are some visionary producers who see it as an opportunity to explore. Amanda Barnes investigates… Decanter July 2017Decanter July 2017 THE WINE MAP is undeniably changing. The worldwide phenomenon of climate change is creating new, once-unimaginable wine regions, while at … Continue reading Climate change: The next frontier
Written for The Guardian Popcorn and champagne This Lady and the Tramp-style pairing might seem strange, but the toasty, buttery goodness of lightly salted popcorn with a well-aged champagne is pure delight. Add truffle butter to pimp your popcorn. Macaroni cheese and chardonnay Macaroni cheese is a child’s proud favourite, and an adult’s guilty pleasure. Ramp up the guilt by pairing your mac and cheese … Continue reading 10 Surprising Wine Pairings: from Pizza & Prosecco to Breakfast & Bordeaux
Written for The Guardian newspaper, April 2016. Part 2 of 4 part feature When you walk through the Cono Sur vineyard in the morning, it feels like you might have stumbled across a movie set. A low-lying fog slowly fades away to reveal dozens of abandoned bicycles: resting on the vine rows; leaning against the walls of the winery; stacked up at the gate. But … Continue reading Top wine, sustainable practices, and an army of geese
Written for The Guardian newspaper, April 2016. Part 1 of 4 part feature Looking out from under the shade of an ancient Peumo tree, the view ahead of lush green vineyards framed by undulating hillsides could be anywhere in the Mediterranean – or perhaps even England on one of those rare, warm summer days. But it isn’t England, nor even Europe. This is Chile – … Continue reading When it comes to wine, there’s nowhere quite like it
Since moving to South America in 2009, Amanda has specialised in wine journalism covering mainly Chile and Argentina where she enjoys regularly walking the vineyards and picking at rocks in clay pits with agronomists and winemakers. A firm believer in taking the time to visit a vine before tasting its wine, she’s visited most of the wine regions in both countries – the well-known, and … Continue reading Wine dribbles & scribbles