Having seen multiple articles published as of late about this [to most] little known varietal I have decided to repost this entry. The Carmenere continues to be a favorite here although that may be obvious to those who search the varietal on this site. A quick review noted at least 5 discussed this year. The Carmenere also continues to be a good seller in the South Florida market mostly due to the “in the know” South American population. As I like to say;
Here’s to spreading the gospel. SALUD!

Whine And Cheers For Wine

Battle of the Carmenere’s, Don Manuel 2009 vs. Anakena 2010

As you may have read in previous blogs, Carmenere was one of my favorite discoveries last year. I have since been spreading the gospel of this signature Chilean, albeit originally Bordeaux, varietal ever since.

Luckily for my friends, okay only the friends that actually listen to the ravings of this wine lover, they have discovered and become enamored by this grape too.

This leads us to last weeks Sunday supper. On the menu was homemade tomato basil soup. Researching what wine to serve I repeatedly came across Merlot as one of the options. This reminded me of the fact that Carmenere, thought to be extinct for years, was discovered in Chile during the 1990’s inadvertently being grown as Merlot. Dilemma solved! If experts thought Chile’s Carmenere was Merlot I sure could exchange them at our wine novice dinner. So the

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Wine educator. Wine student. Wine blogger. Wine lover. Wine Buyer. 40-ish, OK late late 40's pushing 50. Married, technically in Vermont and originally heart only but now recognized in ALL states. Cuban-American Miami born. Only took me 28 years of talking about it to take a wine class, get certified and find my new career as a Wine Steward/Wine Buyer/Team Leader.

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  1. a glass of some good Carmenere (heavy and smoky, for instance:)) and a book by Allende should be perfect in the coming cold weeks 🙂 I think, it is important to enjoy wine in its cultural context, so some Chilean culture added to this variety should enhance the pleasure!

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