Carmenere has a long and storied history. It came to Chile by way of Bordeaux in the mid-1800s. As the story goes, upon arrival, Carmenere was mistakenly labeled as Merlot. The grape lived in Chile under this false name for decades.
But in 1994, the insightful French ampelographer Jean Michel Boursiquot saw the false Merlot in a Chilean vineyard and called it for Carmenere. DNA analysis confirmed his assessment, and the grape’s true identity was revealed. Thus Carmenere became Chile’s superstar grape.
And so on November 24th of each year, we celebrate the renewed life of this historic grape. Thriving in its adopted home, Chilean Carmenere pairs perfectly with a wide selection of holiday dishes. This is precisely why its shared celebration with Thanksgiving 2016 is so fortuitous. Carmenere creates herbaceous red wines with easy-going tannins perfectly fit for meats like turkey and ham. The grape delivers vegetal notes that will amplify sundry side dishes which are de rigueur at Thanksgiving celebrations, from string bean casseroles to rosemary-dappled warm olives. These are pert, light, happy wines that will perk up your table in no time flat. Ask your local retailer for Carmenere from Chile, and expect to receive an incredible value.
Here’s hoping your Thanksgiving and #CarmenereDay are equally joyous occasions. Cheers!
Photo Credit: Wines of Chile