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Love Those California Whites? Then Try Chile’s Sauvignon Blanc

Name a good white wine from Chile. Stumped? I’m not surprised. While the media -- myself included - - poured attention and praise on the country’s reds over the last decade, the whites have gone relatively unnoticed.

Overwhelmingly they are made from either sauvignon blanc, with 12,159 hectares planted, or chardonnay, with 13,082 hectares, along with a few thousand hectares of semillon, viognier, riesling and gewurztraminer. Sauvignon blanc is, after cabernet sauvignon, Chile’s second-biggest varietal, with sales of $9,140,725 this year, an 8.6 percent increase from last year.