Category Archives: Carménère

Call-in Show #1



Live call-in show! We talk about all kinds of stuff with help from listeners on the phone… such as:

•Rod recommends Lovico Gamza from Bulgaria. Gamza is a grape you might never have tried, but you can find it for less the $10 and we’ll just call it our “Pick of the Week.”

•Luz Del Sur Carémère-Cabernet Franc from Chile. It’s a secondary label you find at Everything Wine, often on sale for $8.99. Ryan recommends it as a nice, smooth, easy drinking fruity wine for a good price. However, it was missing something. Turns out that something is “structure.” Rod explains what “structure” means.

•Tips for Cabernet Franc: apparently Tinhorn Creek, Hester Creek, and Gehringer brothers make some great B.C. versions. Or, from France, many blends from the Loire Valley contain primarily Cabernet Franc.

•We recommend A Chianti Classico from the 2012 vintage in response to a question about a father’s day gift. Apparently 2012 is the year to look for!


Box wines, they don’t suck anymore – and the wine that came back from the dead



In this week’s episode, Rod talks about the virtues of box wines and that leads up to the pick of the week: Radio Boca’s Garnacha in a box.

Also, a listener question about Merlot leads us to the fascinating story of “Carménère,” a grape variety lost to history after disease devastated vines in Europe in the 1860’s. But then it was rediscovered in Chile where it had been brought by accident long, long ago. If you want to try it, Rod suggests looking for the Falernia Carménère.

Other wines discussed: Tinhorn Creek Merlot and the Tsantali Retsina