Tuesday, September 16, 2008

The lost grape.


Oh, Carmenere. You are soooo good.

Am I the last to know about this grape? It was once grown in France. But it was destroyed by the Phylloxera plague of 1867, and eventually presumed extinct.

Meanwhile, Chilean growers have been planting it for over 150 years thinking it was Merlot. In 1994, some fancy-pants oenologist professor confirmed that the Chileans were indeed growing carmenere.

Anyhoo, all I know is that for $7.99, this shit is real good.

6 comments:

Brynne said...

Where'd you buy it? Sounds interesting AND delicious.

I'm in Seattle too...

decorno said...

At my post-hippie neighborhood store (it's like an organic 7-11 for liberals with do-gooder white guilt). Email me and I will tell you where it is.

Although, it's so cheap, I wonder if you can just get it at QFC? Probably. Maybe even Pete's. Have you been to Pete's in Eastlake? Holy shit, they have incredible wines, and yet the place looks like a crack den. Go figure.

Robin said...

Sshhhh, you weren't supposed to tell anyone, now there won't be any left for us!

Seriously, this is one of my favorite wines, and I just bought my second case in less than a month (I had to wait for the most recent vintage to come in). Dee-lish!

Anonymous said...

$7.99 for Chilean is not that cheap, it's kind of average. But, with this post, expect the price to go up. Once something gets popular, they charge as much as they can, no matter if it's good or not.

decorno said...

Ha. I don't think this little blog has that kind of power.

Also - seriously - how is $7.99 not cheap? I don't think I have ever had a wine under 7.99 that wasn't gross. I must be buying the wrong stuff. Please send recommendations.

melanieiscushti said...

Yeah...shhhhh. I started touting a couple of Chilean wines around here back at end of last year/beginning of this year thanks to a lack of creativity in the wine lists of some of my favourite local restaurants (la vieille ferme. with tapas. seriously.) and now there's a serious shortage, though the prices have stayed the same.