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Santa Carolina Specialties Dry Farming Carignan 2009, Chile

Cauquenes Valley
Food Pairing
Rare steak

Fertile, water-rich soil is good for certain vegetables in your garden, but it's a recipe for lousy wine. Vines must suffer thirst to yield concentrated berries. "Dry farming," a practice that eschews irrigation, keeps vines on that life-or-death edge. This beauty is full-bodied and chewy-dense, with flavours of cherry, earth and spice. It would be splendid with rare steak.

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Life columnist

Beppi Crosariol writes about wine and spirits in the Globe Life and Style sections.He has been The Globe's wine and spirits columnist for more than 10 years. In the late 1990s, he also wrote a food trends column called The Biting Edge.Beppi used to cover business law for ROB and previously edited the paper's weekly technology section. More


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