Casillero del Diablo Carmenere with Football and Chili!

College football arrived right on cue with the cooler weather.  It seems the minute the temperature dipped, we all started comfort cooking with apples, pumpkins, and yes, pots full of chili!

Jeff made a big pot of chili and, in between beers, breathtaking football plays, and plenty of tortilla chips and pico de gallo, we drank this Casillero del Diablo Carmenere, with our bowls of the steaming hot chili.

The Casillero del Diablo brand from Concha Y Toro is a popular brand at my store.  It offers great flavor at a low price.  And, once a customer tries the Carmenere, they always come back for more!

The Carmenere grape originated in France where it was destroyed by phylloxera.  Attempts to reestablish it on American rootstock were unsuccessful.  It was presumed lost.  As our genetic testing abilities have expanded, it was discovered there were Carmenere grapes growing in South America, previously presumed to be Merlot! No longer lost, this varietal is experiencing a surge in popularity.

And what a handsome varietal it is!

Casillero del Diablo showcases it as a deeply dark wine, tinged with blue-black colors.  Aromas burst from the glass, all smoky and spicy.  Dark berries and leather mingle in too.

The palate is surprisingly soft and lush, with blackberry, black cherry and hints of blueberry.  Savory herbs and lots of pepper spice balance out the fruits.

The chili was spicy with a hint of sweetness which paired great with the spice and ripe fruits of the wine.

So… Great Victory Cyclones!  Way to bring it Penn State!
I can’t think of a better combo, chili and Carmenere, for watching my favorite teams win on a Saturday afternoon!

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