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Matetic Vineyards – Non-Everyday Wines at Everyday Prices

Jorge Bastiasby Andrew Chalk

Jorge Matetic, a fifth generation Chilean of Croatian descent took at least two brave moves in 1999. First he decided to diversify his family’s business interests from such prosaic essentials as fence wire into wine production. Second, he decided to plant vineyards in the area of Casablanca, far off the beaten track of the country’s lush Valle Centrale. He bought no less than 46,000 acres.

To put that into perspective it is roughly half the total vineyard area of the whole of New Zealand. Mercifully for the price of Chilean wine, only about 300 acres are planted to vines. The rest are woods, crops and sheep pasture.  Since those frontier days, the Casablanca region has become quite a popular viticultural area and is being recognized as the site of distinctive Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Sauvignon Blanc.          Continue reading

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Urban Rio to Hold Chilean Wine Dinner

urban rioby Andrew Chalk

Urban Rio, the popular Mexican Cantina and Grill in downtown Plano is set to host a Chilean wine tasting at which the winemaker will be present. Julio Bastias is head winemaker of the popularly priced Matetic Vineyards brand. He will describe each wine and discuss how it was made. Wine dinners are always more rewarding when the wine maker attends and this one is also a bargain.   Continue reading

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Rooftop Features Prophets and Outlaws Tonight in Plano

by Steven Doyle

Downtown Plano is pretty happening these day, but so are the nights. Check out the Rooftop Event Spot tonight for a little southern rock action. Rooftop is the event space with a view right on the fourth floor of the Ice House in Downtown Plano and features an amazing sunset patio.     Continue reading

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