So the Frog and I thought with our current proximity to Chile we’d be able to get our suckers on some great wines…cheap! We stopped into our local Super Mercado and purchased a $6 bottle of Villa Porta Estate Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon. Having recently ex-patrioted ourselves from San Francisco we have fairly developed wine palates. The $6 wine? Swill. Seriously, it tasted like vinegar the night we uncorked it, and we’d let it breathe, and breathe and breathe. I’ve since discovered how you drink a $6 wine. Purchase your bottle. Take it home and uncork it, pour 1/4 of the bottle down the drain and recork (don’t evacuate the wine, trust me oxidation is key). The next day pull out the cork for 30 minutes to let wine breathe. The day after that wait 7 hours then uncork and pour into glasses. By this time your wine will be drinkable. If you’re lucky. What I can’t get over is $6 for a Chilean wine isn’t that great of a deal. I can pick them up at home for around $10. So I’m wondering, what are we doing wrong? Maybe amphibeans just shouldn’t drink…wine that is. All else is fair game at Casa de las Ranas!