Wine with meat

Get set for Carménère Day

Get set for Carménère Day

This Monday, 23 November, is Carménère Day, which sounds like a great excuse for a party! So why not get ahead and celebrate the weekend with a glass or two of this very quaffable red? This deep-coloured red wine pairs well with any red meat dish, including casseroles and barbecues, as well as spicy food, like…

Carménère: Chile’s miraculous red wine find

Carménère: Chile’s miraculous red wine find

Once upon a time, France was the undisputed king of the wine world and vast swathes of the country were planted with many different varieties of vines, including Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Merlot, Carménère, to name but a few. Then, in 1863, vines began to die, but nobody knew why. First one vineyard, then…

Anyone for Chilean Pinot Noir?

Anyone for Chilean Pinot Noir?

Boring and one-dimensional or sublime and velvety?  I have a confession to make: I used to think that Pinot Noir was dull; a strawberry-scented, flabby drink for lightweight wine consumers. I had to think again when I realised that some people really rave about it and that, in fact, it is used to make some of…

Beef burgers and a glass of Chilean red

Beef burgers and a glass of Chilean red

Since I discovered just how easy they are to make, I’ve been in search of the perfect beef burger recipe and have experimented with two types: the kind with just meat and seasonings and the kind where you add breadcrumbs or crumbled crackers or savoury biscuits and bind it all together with egg. Both…