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Carménère- BANNED IN THE EU!

  • 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.

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  • Carolyn J.

    Thank you all for the great wine, food and joie de vivre (sa va Daniel??) last evening. Amazingly out of 16, only one was not from Chile. The top choice was Chocalan, Reserva Carmenere 2011. In a tie for second place were: Arboleda Carmenere 2012, Marques Casa Concha 2010 Carmenere and Viu Manet Gran Reserva 2011 Carmenere. This was a group of very advanced tasters, we had 2 bottles of Viu Manet Reserva 2012 Carmenere which were rated within a point!!

    April 26, 2014

  • Amy

    Wonderful mix of company, and great tasting. Carolyn, you were a fantastic hostess, looking forward to seeing the group again soon!

    1 · April 26, 2014

  • michael m

    Carolyn,

    Thank you for a lovely evening.

    Michael

    1 · April 26, 2014

  • Daniel

    Great evening, thank you Carolyn for making it happen. WOW, I don't remember having ever tasted so many wines in one evening, but I know I did when I woke up this morning...

    3 · April 26, 2014

  • Suchi

    Hi All! Carolyn, thank you so much for hosting such a fun event! I absolutely loved this grape and had such a great evening with all of you! Thanks again :)

    1 · April 26, 2014

  • Karen

    A great event, thank you Caroline.

    1 · April 26, 2014

  • Crista

    Carolyn was a lovely host. Glad to see old faces and see some new ones!

    1 · April 26, 2014

  • Jill M

    Great fun!

    1 · April 26, 2014

  • Pamela

    wow- what an interesting wine...

    1 · April 26, 2014

  • Steven

    I enjoyed this event very much! I knew nothing about this grape and from what I tasted it was delicious. And Carolyn is such a gracious host. Thank you.

    April 26, 2014

  • Carolyn J.

    Is anyone bringing a green salad?

    April 25, 2014

  • Crista

    Hoping to pick up lamb curry -no time to cook!-

    April 25, 2014

  • Daniel

    I'm also bringing the best Camembert money can buy in the US, and Melba Toasts.

    1 · April 25, 2014

  • Amy

    Apologies, I haven't had a chance to get to my wine shop yet, but am aiming to fill the blend/european vintage void. I plan to bring a vegetarian chili.

    1 · April 23, 2014

    • Jill M

      I hear you - I had to have my wine seller in Medfield order one for me.

      1 · April 24, 2014

    • Carolyn J.

      Should be a great selection. Looking forward to it.
      Will/post address to all later tonite.

      April 24, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Sorry if I missed this, but could you provide your address? Or public transport direction? Thanks!!

    April 24, 2014

  • Pamela

    Ok lentils seem challenging to eat in this setting since the wine pair so well with spice, home made hummos with blanched veggies, &maybe a red pepper dip

    April 24, 2014

  • Eric

    Chile. And two Carménère friendly cheeses.

    April 23, 2014

    • Eric

      make that 4 cheeses :)

      1 · April 23, 2014

    • Carolyn J.

      The more the merrier.

      April 24, 2014

  • Pamela

    Both ate chilean ole!

    April 23, 2014

  • Pamela

    Havent been ale to get to the wine shop yt to see what's available will do so by thursday bringing vfrench lentil dish vegetarian french lentils & chocolate dish if it pairs

    1 · April 23, 2014

  • Suchi

    Hi! I will bring a wine from Chile and something to pair it with - looking forward to it!

    April 22, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    We will bring from Latin America and a sweet app.

    April 22, 2014

  • Jill M

    I'm bringing a wine from Chile. I can't think about food until Wednesday but I will come up with something good.

    April 21, 2014

  • Pamela

    will bring a vegetarian dish- read that it goes well with curry & perhaps a dessert. Still deciphering which wines we'll bring.

    1 · April 21, 2014

  • Steven

    I am planning on bringing an Italian carmenere. For appetizer I'm likely to bring charcuterie (e.g. pate, etc.) with bread/crackers or if I have the time roast duck.

    April 21, 2014

    • Carolyn J.

      Hmm, that duck sounds good Steven.

      April 21, 2014

  • Carolyn J.

    I selected a 2010 Gran Reserva Terra Noble Carmenere. Going to do a shrimp app. So far 4 Chilean. So there are still blends and experimental (kudos to who brings this) and other vintages. We are in the final stretch so please reconfirm with your selection after the marathon. BOSTON STRONG!

    April 21, 2014

  • Karen

    Chile for me.

    April 19, 2014

  • Carolyn J.

    So far, 1 for Chile. Please post your region, or selection. It would be great to have some South American or Latino food. Does anyone make tostones?

    April 17, 2014

    • Crista

      I can make tostones pretty easily, but I'll be in Mexico for the next week so it depends on if I'll have time to buy the plátanos beforehand so they can mature. And change to my vintage--it's 2011, not 2001! Ill let you know!

      April 17, 2014

    • Carolyn J.

      Sounds good, would love the recipe.

      April 17, 2014

  • Daniel

    Actually, last Saturday, I took part in a wine tasting from Chili, which included 2 Camenere. So, I'll bring a Apaltagua Reserve Carmere, 2009.

    1 · April 17, 2014

  • Crista

    Hi. I will be bringing an Errazuriz Estate Reserva from Chile, 2001 vintage. I'll pair it with a meat dish--haven't decided what yet (maybe chorizo paella).

    1 · April 16, 2014

  • Carolyn J.

    Just to provide some choices this site appears to have it covered. From Martha's Vineyard to Walla Walla, including blends and a few roses. So you can choose from the gazillion Chilean offerings or search out one of those from France.

    Please post the region so we can cover it all. Apps can be posted the week of this tasting.
    http://www.snooth.com/wines/carmenere/#action=search&query=carmenere&hide_state=1&country=US&grapes[0]=Carmen%C3%A8re&entity=wine&store_front=0&title_only=0

    April 11, 2014

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