Wines that Rock: Carmenere - Add Flair to Your Everyday Life

Not all of us find a home in the place that we are born. Many find their paths far afield. The same happens in the world of wine. Much like Malbec, a  French variety that found its home in Argentina, and Zinfandel which is Croatian and found its home in California, there is also the Carmenere, a fellow French variety that found its home in Chile. What makes Carmenere so amazing, is not just its ability to find its home in Chile, but its ability to put Chile firmly on the wine map. Not only did it adapt to Chile, but it became Chilean, and the Chileans celebrate it as if it was their own because of its potential to add flair to everyday life.

If you have never tried Carmenere then it is something you should put on you drinking list as soon as you can, especially if you are a fan of anything spicy, peppery, slightly bitter, or a good medium bodied red wine. As far as body goes, it is straight down the middle between a Shiraz and a Pinot Noir. You get a smell of peppercorns, bell peppers, and crunchy flavors with a velvety texture. It just feels like a good drink, something you could drink and indulge in every day no matter how you felt. Reasonably priced (think $20 Carmenere) is good, expensive stuff from the older vines is mind blowing (think $50 plus). But whatever the price, great Carmenere comes from people who take great care in making the wine, people who are passionate about it, because it is a delicate grape. If the winery has a good, heartfelt, and true story to tell, then you know they are putting out some good stuff.

Great Carmenere comes from people who take great care in making the wine, people who are passionate about it.

As an everyday wine, Carmenere is remarkably flexible when pairing with food. It goes well with just about every type of meat, and the high acidity makes it easy enough to pair with hearty fish dishes. The same goes for any style, whether serving pasta, or throwing meat on a fire and opening up a few bottles amongst friends. Carmenere quenches thirsts, delights desires, and makes food better.

Carmenere is a wine your beer drinking buddies will love,  giving them everything their hearts desire, then turning them over to the dark side. 

People ask me everyday what would be a good wine for someone who is more of a beer drinker, especially a craft beer drinker. I could never answer that, because in the US when someone says craft beer they normally mean IPA, which is dry and bitter, but done well can incredibly easy to drink, and have a ton of grassy, herbal flavors. From the first sip, I knew Carmenere was that wine, and so much more. This is a wine your beer drinking buddies will love,  giving them everything their hearts desire, then turning them over to the dark side.