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I have spent most of today at the main Autumn showcase for Chilean Wines in the UK - Explore Chile 2005. This is a trade tasting organised by the promotional body Wines of Chile.

I didn't quite realise how dominated the Chilean wine shelves are with big brands. While there were plenty of importers and distributors present I didn't really find anything unusual. I started with the Errazuriz range, sauntered around a bit, and then happened upon two stands right at the back of the hall.

I was amazed at the quality, the individuality and character of these companies wines - both are new to the UK, so no retail stockists as yet. If you ever see wines from Matetic Vineyards or Casa Marin (which stood out with some dynamic packaging) you really must try them. Full tasting notes to follow; but I was so excited by these wines I just had to tell someone!

While I was slurping on the Marin range I noted two buyers from Majestic Wines standing next to me... you never know.

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