NEW YORK, Nov. 20, 2015 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Wines of Chile USA celebrates the second annual #CarmenereDay virtual wine tasting Monday, November 23rd 7-8:30 pm EST. Hosted at multiple locations in the USA and Chile, this virtual tasting will bring wine lovers and Wines of Chile offices around the globe together to toast Carmenere, a Bordelais grape variety. Thought to be extinct, Carmenere was rediscovered 21 years ago to be thriving in Chile.
The second annual #CarmenereDay tasting has expanded both in global reach with participants joining in from Asia, the UK, Canada, Brazil and Chile, and by doubling its social media platforms, as participants can use both Periscope and Twitter. Wine lovers everywhere can join the conversation by picking up a few bottles of Chilean Carmenere and tasting along with @drinkchile on Twitter and Periscope. Wines featured in the tasting will include Carmenere-based selections from Carmen, Casa Silva, Koyle, Lapostolle, Los Vascos, Maquis, Montes, Santa Rita and Tamaya.
Master Sommeliers Fred Dexheimer and Laura Maniec will moderate the discussion and be available to answer questions during the guided tastings. They will be joined by over 40 wine bloggers across the USA, all tasting and tweeting in real time.
"Twenty-one years have passed since November 24, 1994, when French ampelographer Jean Michel Boursiquot identified what was commonly called Chilean Merlot as Carmenere," said Wines of Chile Executive Director, Marybeth Bentwood. "Carmenere has evolved tremendously since its rediscovery. We honor the craftsmanship of Chilean vintners by celebrating this discovery with a global virtual tasting of some of the finest Carmenere."
Chilean Carmenere grapes are vinified into luscious wines with ripe fruit, spicy nuances and rounded tannins. These elegant, complex wines pair well with poultry, game and rich vegetable dishes. Indeed, the complex flavors and spice characteristics make Carmenere an ideal Thanksgiving wine.
With natural borders on all sides to protect from pests, a mandate for sustainability, a long, skinny length of 2,670 miles of diverse valleys and quick altitude shifts from the Andes to the Pacific Ocean, Chile is one of the best places on Earth to grow wine grapes. This month, Wines of Chile celebrates a wine grape that found its true homeland.
Participation is free and open to anyone 21+ with a Twitter handle. To participate and learn about enjoying this wine for Thanksgiving, simply follow @drinkchile and taste along with #CarmenereDay.
About Wines of Chile
Wines of Chile is an organization committed to promoting the quality and image of Chilean wine throughout the world. It has offices in Santiago, London and New York, as well as representatives in Canada, Ireland and Denmark. Wines of Chile also works closely with ProChile to develop and offer promotional and educational programs in Asia, Latin America and Europe. Wines of Chile's 86 member wineries belong to Vinos de Chile and represent 88 percent of Chile's bottled wine exports.
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