Maria Claudia Eraso is a sommelier living in Lima, Peru. Originally from Mendoza, Argentina, she is the co-author of Dos Mujeres y Cientos de Vinos. Currently, she is the Director of Content for Almendariz News and Wine magazine and Vivanda magazine. Always eager to talk about wine, today she gives us some insight into the wines that are trending across Latin America.By Maria Claudia Eraso
Since the beginning of the 2000’s, the words “varietal” and “barrel” have become the talking points in the Latin wine market; wines appeared to be competing in a category that wasn’t legislated by a governing body, and hadn’t previously been explored by anyone. It was the category of the explosion of grapes, the exploration of aromatic descriptors of both the barrel and the grape. The most common questions were, How many months does it pass in a new barrel? How much aging did this wine have? What level of alcohol did it reach?