The ancient origins of the Carmenere grape are uncertain, and there are several theories about them. My personal favorite is that what we now call Carmenere was known in ancient Rome as “Biturica,” and praised by such luminaries as Pliny the Elder and Columella.
Of course, evidence for this theory is inconclusive, but when I open a bottle of Carmenere, I like to think that what I’m about to drink bears at least some similarity to the wines enjoyed by Julius Caesar during his campaign in Gaul.
I couldn’t have come up with a better title. And oh what fun it would be to actually be paid to drink all the wine I do. But alas I am not. I guess I will just have to continue drinking it for fun. And fun I have.
Things are really busy behind the scenes at Shami’s Gourmet these days. We are doing our best to add new content to our blog 5 days a week, but sometimes something crosses our desk that makes us go “We must share this”. So now we share with you . . .the life of some of the world’s drunkest people. .. oops, my bad, wine bloggers! Cheers.
Wine Wednesday. Our favorite day of the week. And one of our favorite wines for Wine Wednesday (or any day for that matter) is Zinfandel. No offense to those that like White Zinfandel. . . but we are talking about red. A big, robust red wine!!!
In researching California Zinfandel (and its Italian twin cousin, Primitivo), I stumbled upon a great blog simply called ” Zinfandel and Primitivo” by The WineCollective. I love their tag line: “If you can’t drink at work, at least you can read about it!” My sentiments exactly!!
The WineCollective was established in 2009 in Canada whose mission is:
There are thousands of wines available in the Canadian market from around the world on any given day. How do you choose what to try next? We were tired of rolling the dice at the liquor store. WineCollective does all the hard work for you. We try hundreds of wines each and every month, ranging from the weekday pizza wine to the exotic cellar candidate. It may sound like fun to try all that wine (which it is), but it’s serious work. We pick the best wines for our wine club members.
Instead of reinventing the wheel, we thought we would share their extremely informative history of this big and bold wine.
Things have once again been a little crazy around here with the store, our new diet and life in general. Sadly we didn’t have time for anything original today. But as you know we are always on the lookout for tasty wine on the cheap and I came across just what I was looking for.
Having been to Spain and being a fan of Spanish wines as well as being a fan of inexpensive yet tasty wine, I thought this would be a great chance to share with you this article by Talk-A-Vino. And after reading that Anatoli’s doctor prescribed a glass of red wine a day to lower his cholesterol . . .I knew I found a fellow wine lover after my own heart. And he has the chops to back up what he says.
Welcome back to Wine Wednesday! And what a week it’s been. To tell the truth, we ended going through 10 bottles this week, but two were repeats. The rest, as promised, are written up below. Please bear in mind that all prices quoted include a Ralph’s card discount and a 6 bottle minimum purchase discount. Together, these are substantial, and of course, prices vary.
As our readers may be aware, we at Shami’s Gourmet love our wines. And whereas we enjoy a well aged Burgundy as much as the next wino, we are not snobs. In fact, bottles costing under $20 comprise over 95% of our wine consumption (which is, as our readers may also surmise, rather prodigious).