Second City 'unwine' with Chile
The Carmenere grape is to Chile, as Malbec is to Argentina. Montegonians came out Wednesday night to experience the best in Chilean wines with that country's ambassador at The Lagoons in Montego Bay.
A first for the Second City. His Excellency Eduardo Bonilla, his representative, Yolanda Mahtani, who, along with husband Gobind, opened their beautiful home at what was tagged, 'A Chilean Wine-Tasting Event', allowing guests to 'unwine' with Caribbean Producers Jamaica's creme de la creme including Concha Y Toro, Escudo Rojo, Pinot Noir, Pinot Grigio and the star performer, Carmenere.
Ambassador Bonilla, in a short welcome to wine lovers, said it that the sweet, velvety wine, which boasts an acidity that is lower, an unparallel uniqueness and a vibrant colour, met its best soil and climate in Chile.
"At first the Camenere grape was confused with Merlot for many years, after it was thought to have disappeared from the face of the earth due to a phylloxera epidemic, but after further studies, it was identified as the missing Bordeaux Carmenere variety," Ambassador Bonilla told the gathering.
They soon found out it was the old variety that had been brought into the country in the late 1850s and co-existed with Merlot.
Today, Chile maintains the largest planting of Carmenere.