Apr 25, 2014 · 7:30 PM
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Carolyn will be hosting a blind tasting of Carménère, which was originally planted in the Médoc region of Bordeaux, although it is rumored to have its origin in ancient Rome. The name "Carménère" is taken from the French word for crimson (carmin) and it is said to impart a cherry-like, fruity flavor with smoky, spicy and earthy notes. Its taste evokes dark chocolate, tobacco, and leather. The wine is best to drink while it is young. Recently, Carménère's potential as a blending grape has been recognized, especially with Cabernet Sauvignon. The grape is also known as Grande Vidure, a historic Bordeaux term for this grape, although current European Union regulations prohibit Chilean imports under this name into the EU. Along with Cabernet sauvignon, Cabernet franc, Merlot, Malbec and Petit verdot, Carménère is considered part of the original six red grapes of Bordeaux.
Now rarely found in France, Chile produces the most Carménère wines, but it is also grown in Italy's Eastern Veneto and Friuli-Venezia Giulia regions[and in California and Walla Walla. (Thank you Wikipedia for letting me rewrite your description.)
So please bring 2 glasses for tasting and your choice of Carménère. After you make your choice, please post the region and your choice of appetizer which will go well with Carménère in the comments here. Guests are responsible for bringing their chosen appetizer.