Carménère is a medium-bodied red wine grows almost only in Chile, but originated in Bordeaux, France. The wine is adored for its sour cherry and tart raspberry flavours, along with light tannin and bittersweet finish. Carménère also has a herbaceous flavour that has a peppercorn quality to it, which makes it excellent with roasted meats that aren’t overly fatty.
Carménère and Food Pairing
Carménère has a higher acidity and low tannin base, which makes it excellent for casual food pairings. Hence you don’t want to pair it with anything grand and fatty, but it will go excellent with roast pork, chicken mole, turkey, beef brisket, lamb with mint, Carne Asada, or beef tacos.
Carménère is not an expensive wine, so be certain to experiment with it. One thing to be aware of is that if the growing year was not particularly great, the vintage may have a bitter kale-like note. Hence, we recommend reading a review on the wine before purchasing. Another buying note is that you typically don’t want a Carménère that is 100% single grape. Instead, seek out bottles that have 10%-15% of another grape blended in (typically Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah, or Petite Verdot) for a fuller taste. These slightly blended vintages always outperform single varietal Carménère.
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