In Chile, on the other side of the equator, it’s now fall. Harvest season. Far, far away from Upstate New York, where on top of everything else going on there were a couple of inches of snow this week.

Sure, the grass is getting greener, and buds are peeking out everywhere, but it’s still very early spring. I was in the mood for transportation to the Southern Hemisphere this week, and wine would have to take me there, so I went looking for a big Chilean red.

I found it in a 2018 Lapostolle “Le Rouge.” Lapostolle was founded relatively recently in Chile – 1994 – by a woman (yay!), Alexandra Marnier Lapostolle, and her husband Cyril de Bournet. I love her “nod” to France by naming the wine “Le Rouge.” Pouring myself a big glass of it and looking out on the sunset, I could almost imagine being in Chile. The wine itself? 75% Cabernet Suavignon, blended with 15% Syrah and 10% Carmenere – some of my favorite grapes! Deep red in the glass, bursting with velvety blackberry notes, deep and dry and delicious.

Sunshine in the bottle, for sure.

It hit the spot.