Concha y Toro

Concha y Toro 13/02/2015

Berries and Wine! (Part 1): Celebrate in red, fuchsia and purple


Kerstin Strandberg_sommelier
Kerstin Strandberg, sommelier of Viña Concha y Toro

If you see a bowl of fresh strawberries, cherries and raspberries, are you tempted to take one? Few people can resist berries; so today we invite you to try them with some of our wines. Yes, berries and wine, why not?

Kerstin Strandberg, sommelier of Viña Concha y Toro, loves berries. That is why she is the ideal person to talk about their possible pairings with wine. In general, Kerstin explains: “Wines that go well with berries are those fruity, fresh, with good acidity and moderate tannins. This way, wine and red fruits are pleasantly perceived in the mouth”.

The sommelier, who has been working with the company’s wines for nearly nine years, proposes pairings for each fruit. Let’s take a look.


Raspberry_frambuesas“Raspberries are present in the aromas of Pinot Noir, therefore, I would recommend combining both flavors. A good alternative is Casillero del Diablo Pinot Noir; a fresh and delicate wine, perfect for this summer pairing”.


Strawberries_frutillas“For them I suggest a delicious classic: A sparkling wine produced with the traditional method or Champenoise, Subercaseaux Grande Cuvée being an excellent example”, says Kerstin, adding: “The creaminess of its bubbles and its delicate notes of toast, brings out strawberry’s intense aromas, causing an explosion of flavor and freshness in the mouth”.


blueberries_arandanos“Blueberries are fresh, sweet and have moderate acidity. I recommend paring them with a rosé such as Casillero del Diablo Shiraz Rosé, a fresh wine of sparkling acidity”.


blackberries_moras“I would pair blackberries with Merlot, a medium-low bodied wine full of aromas of black fruit and soft tannins. I think Casillero del Diablo or Trio Merlot are perfect choices, and to accompany this fruit I would slightly reduce the temperature –down to 15°C or 16°C –, in order to enhance the fruitiness of the wine”.

Murtilla (Strawberry Myrtle)

Murtillas“These fruits have wild and rustic aromas, typical of southern Chile. For murtillas I propose a light red wine, which can be a Pinot Noir or one made of the variety País, which has less tannin content than other red wines and can be drunk colder. I recommend Marques de Casa Concha País Cinsault, a wine rich in red fruits and whose grapes come from old vines from the Cauquenes area, in the Maule Valley”.


Maqui“Like murtilla, maqui is a wild fruit. It has an intense flavor, warmer than other berries, and its seeds are immensely tannic, so, despite being a fruit, I would pair it with a more full-bodied and tannic wine. I recommend trying it with a Merlot or even a Carmenere”, suggests Kerstin, specifically Marques de Casa Concha Carmenere.


cherries_cerezas“Cherries have low acidity, therefore, you must look for a wine with similar acidity in order to build a bridge between the two flavors. A good alternative is Casillero del Diablo Merlot, a wine with soft tannins and pleasant notes of red and black fruits”.

Although Kerstin says she is a fan of all kinds of berries, raspberries are her favorite: “They are ideal to eat in more complex preparations such as tarts, muffins and jams, or just in fresh and healthy fruit juices. They have an intense aroma, exquisite taste and an attractive fuchsia color”.

And you? What kind of berries do you prefer? Whichever one you choose, with each of them you will be able to experience a burst of flavor in red, fuchsia or purple. We invite you to pair these delicious fruits with our wines and to share this experience with us through social networks and using the hashtag #CONCHAYTORO.