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Carmenere & Curry (Imbibe’s Spice Odyssey)

Carmenere from Chile has been getting plenty of attention lately–and with good reason. Its dark and spicy fruit with just an occasional touch of green pepper on the edges, along with naturally soft tannins and lusciously balanced acidity make it ideal for sidling up to any number of flavorful and well-seasoned dishes. Michael Cox, Wines of Chile’s UK Director has long been outspoken on the Carmenere with Curry match, and now he has a whole tasting panel backing him up on it.

This just in from our UK office:

It has always been the belief that Chile’s Carmenere grape makes wine that goes very well with the spicy flavours of curry, and so Wines of Chile UK put this theory to the test by arranging for some top UK sommeliers to taste a range of Carmeneres that are available to the UK on-trade market alongside some of the UK’s most popular curry dishes.

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The results were remarkably favourable…… “The British love Indian food but have found it difficult to match the spicy flavours with wine, often preferring lager beer. Now Curry with Carmenere could become their mantra,” says Wines of Chile’s UK Director Michael Cox.

Download the full article from the November/December 2009 edition of Imbibe:
Curry and Carmenere: A Spice Odyssey

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