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The Berlin Tasting 10th Anniversary was celebrated in Seoul

The second commemorative event included the presence of renowned Korean mountaineer, Mr. Um, and a silent auction of Viña Errázuriz and Viña Seña wines to contribute with his charity organization.

May 22nd, 2014

(4th March, 2014).- The second Black-Tie Gala Dinner of the world-tour launched this year to celebrate ten years of The Berlin Tasting was carried out this evening in the capital of South Korea.

The event meant to commemorate the journey which toured over 15 nations during the last decade and established Chile’s place amongst the world’s greatest appellations, took place at the Grand Hyatt Hotel, and counted with the presence of world-famous Korean mountaineer, Mr. Hong-Gil Um, the first person to climb the 16 highest points on Earth and who made a joint-climb of the Chunggae Mountain with Mr. Eduardo Chadwick last year, right after the Berlin Tasting held in Seoul. That activity symbolically recalled previous climbs they had each made in 2002, when Mr. Um led a successful expedition up Mt Everest, the highest mountain in the northern hemisphere, and Mr. Chadwick reached the summit of Mt Aconcagua the highest peak in the southern half of the world.

After the especially paired 4-course dinner, an auction of the wines that participated in legendary Berlin Tastings around the world was performed, including La Cumbre 2001, KAI 2006, Double Magnums of Seña 2011 and Don Maximiano Founder’s Reserve 2009, and a normal sized Viñedo Chadwick 2000, in order to rise founds for Mr. Um’s charity organization, the Um Hong Gil Foundation, which he created in 2008 to foster educational and health support programs for children from developing countries.

Approximately 80 key Korean opinion leaders, wine writers, sommeliers and fine wine buyers attended this special occasion, hosted by Mr. Eduardo Chadwick, President of Viña Errázuriz and Viña Seña, alongside Ms. Min Ah Choi, Editor in Chief and Executive Director of Korean Wine Review Magazine, one of the most important specialized publications in that market.

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  • I don’t think he was expecting at all to do as well as he did, but I think having done it, it was an educational experience further than he had planned, because instead of just educating the 40 or 50 people in the room, he educated the entire world.

    Steven Spurrier, Consultant Editor to Decanter & Chairman of Decanter World Wine Awards, United Kingdom, October 2013
  • When Eduardo and I first discussed the concept of this blind tasting format, I told him to brace himself for disappointment, especially given the popularity of Bordeaux reds in this part of the world. I was completely wrong in my warning and I am truly surprised by the results…

    Jeannie Cho Lee MW, First Asian Master of Wine, Contributing Editor Decanter Asia, Co-Chair of DAWA, Author, Wine Consultant & Educator, November 2011
  • Until that point only Eduardo knew what he had in his hands. Today the whole world knows… By reaching indisputable recognition in the world wine scene, Eduardo Chadwick’s wines have clearly demonstrated Chile’s tremendous vitivinicultural potential and have helped Chilean wines earn greater space and credibility in the international market.

    Jorge Lucki, Brazilian Wine Journalist and Columnist for Valor Econômico de Sao Paulo, October 2013
  • These tastings definitely have had an impact on how many influential members of the American wine trade view Chile today. So I see them as invaluable to promoting Chile’s well- deserved image as a source for world-class wine that can sit alongside the best that the rest of the world has to offer.

    Josh Raynolds, Wine Critic to Steven Tanzer’s International Wine Cellar, USA, December 2013
  • One enterprising Chilean wine producer, Eduardo Chadwick of Viña Errázuriz, has managed to organise a similar evolutionary milestone for the Chilean wine industry—or at least of his own wines… at what will doubtless come to be known in the history of Chilean wine as the “Berlin Tasting”

    Jancis Robinson MW, “Chilean Wine Grows Up” Financial Times UK, ft Weekend Magazine, February 14, 2004