Miranda (The Chatelaine Kitchen intern) and I recently had the pleasure of attending a luncheon hosted by Alexandra Marnier Lapostolle, the great-granddaughter of the creator of Grand Marnier! While the Marnier Lapostolle family are known for producing spirits and liqueurs, they have also been involved in wine-making for generations.
Continuing her family’s legacy, Alexandra founded Lapostolle in Chile in 1994 when she fell in love with the Apalta vineyard in Colchagua. Coincidentally, the vines there were brought over from France in the last century – so they bear fruit with familiar names such as Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot. This is also reflected in Lapostolle’s tagline, “French in Essence, Chilean by Birth”.
Sixteen years in the making, Lapostolle wines are now available in Canada and Miranda and I were lucky to have a tasting of some of their wines at Origin restaurant in Toronto. Our favourite was the Lapostolle Cuvée Alexandre Carmenere 2008, a bold and fruity red that was paired excellently with steak and chimichurri! Now, neither of us claim to be sommeliers, but we know what we like, and we definitely liked this. And what a treat it was to meet Alexandra! Lapostolle wines are available at select liquor stores across Canada, so keep your eyes open the next time you stop by!