Wines that Rock: Carignan - The Ultimate Food Wine
Whoa, hey, hang on. Are you guys at Vynl seriously going to do a food wine? Really? I thought this was all about life’s greatest moments, sharing wine with friends, and taking wine to places that it has never been before? Yes it is, and food is all of those things as well. Wine goes well with food; there is no doubt about it. If the question is what do I take to a dinner party, then the answer is Carignan.
Carignan really is the ultimate food wine. It is smooth, with just the right level of tannins. Carignan is super easy to drink, but at the same time has all the character and flair that you would want in a medium bodied red wine. Little bits of prune, a little bit of strawberries, a little bit of black currant, all the flavors you want to indulge in to compliment any meal. Such is Carignan’s suitability to any meal be it, poultry, beef, spicy stews, curries, Moroccan, or Chinese, that many chefs and wine lovers actually consider serving a glass of Carignan to be an extra added ingredient to their meals.
Carignan is super easy to drink, but at the same time has all the character and flair that you would want in a medium bodied red wine.
So how did Carignan get to be the ultimate food wine and why have I not heard of it before?
Well, you probably had Carignan when you least expected it. The grape is one of the widest grown in France and California, but because of its awesome durability, and propensity to grow big, full, juicy berries, it has been used by big companies to make cheap, boxed or jugged wine. Remember your sorority days and the jugged sangria/ Yup that was Carignan.
The cool thing is that Carignan has been around producing wine for so long that the old vines just became masters of making awesome wines. It is as if the vines mastered their trade over the decades, pouring out wine after wine, until finally they were making something truly masterful. Through trial, error, and repetition the vines themselves became the masters, and a select few winemakers are finding ways to bring this forward to us. Take something simple, focus on what makes it good, and through the years turn work into art.
It is as if the Carignan vines mastered their trade over the decades, pouring out wine after wine, until finally they were making something truly masterful.
You wont find it everywhere, but if you do be sure to snag a few because Carignan is the wine to impress at your next dinner party. It is a party trick in a bottle, and you should be taking a bottle everywhere you go because this wine really rocks!