Tapia graduated with a degree in journalism from the Universidad de Chile in Santiago, before attending Bordeaux University to study wine tasting and winemaking. He has written several books, including Wines for Great Occasions, The Wines of Colchagua Valley and TodoVino, as well as his annual Descorchados guide to wines of Argentina, Chile and Uruguay.
My top three
Finca Decero, Mini Ediciones Remolinos Vineyard, Agrelo, Luján de Cuyo, Argentina 2016
From a cold vintage, this is opulent, with spicy and herbal notes layered over black fruits. Will last for at least five more years in bottle. 94 Drink 2018-2024
Zorzal, Eggo Franco, Tupungato, Argentina 2016
A herbal and juicy Cabernet Franc that’s a very good example of a lighter style from the heights of Gualtallary in the cool Uco Valley. 93 Drink 2018-2023
Valdivieso, Sagrada Familia Single Vineyard, Chile 2015
Old vines planted in around 1900 give a concentrated juice that is full of herbal notes, with touches of tobacco, earth and nuts. A wine of great complexity, but at the same time it remains faithful to the varietal character. 92 Drink 2018-2021