Just the sight of this grand old Victorian hotel surrounded by a crowd of the city’s elite is enough to raise expectations. Inside it’s a little cozier: wood bar, a rustic fireplace, ladies in clattering stilettos, fellas in button-down shirts. Tonight Soho House is host to winemaker Francisco Baettig and the wine lovers of iYellow Wine Club. High up on the gorgeous rooftop patio, a selection of local charcuterie, cheeses and farm fresh vegetables displayed like works of art complement the flavour notes of each wine. As Baettig navigates through the history of the 147 year old winery, he explains how Viña Errázuriz helped to pioneer the introduction of Syrah to Chile in 1993. I guess that’s why the Max Reserva 2011 Syrah (614750, $18.95) is one of my favorites out of the general listings; spicy notes hit the palate first, rounded out by berries framed by chocolate and dried fruit. I’m a huge fan of Sauvignon Blanc and the general list Max Reserva 2012 (273342, $15.95) is a great buy; crisp fruit, mostly citrus hits with juicy sensation edged with a hint of green chili pepper onto a lingering finish. Highlights of the evening: Kai 2010 – lush, lively and silky with ripe fruit; Don Maximiano 2008 – tremendously complex with notes of red fruits, hazelnuts and bitter chocolate – a sensory adventure.
I must say Angela (founder of iYellow) could not have picked a better spot discover the Errazuriz Wines “Chilean revolution”.