One of my favorite TV shows used to be Lost (yes, before it got all convoluted with filler episodes and irrelevant story lines). Besides the fact it was all filmed on Oahu, Hawaii, I'm intrigued by the idea of people marooned on an island, with their fates completely unknown to anyone else, trying to survive and build something together. That situation would force someone to do some soul-searching, working to figure out who you really are.
So between 1850 and 1994, I imagine the Carmenere grape did pretty much the same, as it had a lot of time on it's hands as the "lost" grape of Bordeaux. By the time it was done, "found" again across the Atlantic ocean and Andes mountain range in Chile, it seems Carmenere had truly discovered itself and wanted to be known to the world.
You don't know the story? Here's a quick synopsis of probably the coolest varietal story around:
As you know, there are 5 grapes of Bordeaux: Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Merlot, Petit Verdot and Mal...
Recently I was at the Epicurience Virginia event at 1 Loudoun in Ashburn, Virginia. I was mixed among all my friends from Virginia wineries pouring Honey Grail's "Boudica's Uprising" sparkling mead, and again it was an eye-opening experience for me!
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Time after time people tried the mead without much idea what it really was. "This is like a medieval beer, right?" they'd ask? Or "What grape is this made from?" Some revelers had an idea about the product, saying "They add honey to this beer, I think... but it's not very hoppy!" Everyone was interested in the process for making mead, and it was universally enojoyed.
In fact, the one thing I can definitely say is that people returned again and again... and again. This stuff is addictive, because it's so darn easy to drink!
For those who haven't had mead, it is made simply from fermented honey. That's it. In the case of Honey Gr...