WSET Bitesize – What is Carmenère

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Rediscover the lost grape of Bordeaux - Carmenere.

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Carmenère is a native variety of Bordeaux, though it all but disappeared from the French wine landscape in the late 1800s. It was inadvertently saved from extinction by grape growers in Chile who had mistaken the variety for Merlot. Its identity was rediscovered in 1994 and since then plantings have shot up. This late-ripening grape thrives in Chile's warm, sunny wine regions, and has made its name as the country's signature variety.

This session will cover
- The vine: where it grows best, influential soil types and climates
- The wine: how to identify the grape's main aromas, tastes and styles
- Main regions in Chile: Aconcagua, Maipo, Colchagua and Maule
- Other growing regions around the world

This webinar is free to attend and open to anyone, no prior wine knowledge is needed. The new series of bitesize 30-minute webinars are ideal for beginners looking to learn more about wine.


Pedro J. Rodriguez, Co-Founder and CEO,Grand Cata
Pedro was born in California and grew up in his native Puerto Rico. He moved to Washington DC in 2007 and began a career in international media development after completing graduate school in Barcelona, Spain. He quickly realized he had even bigger dreams of becoming an entrepreneur and working directly with what he loves: food, wine, people, and Latin American culture. Since Pedro began his wine career in 2010, he has earned multiple management positions in retail, simultaneously gaining valuable experience in the Washington DC market while building the groundwork for his own business. Pedro is an advanced certified Wine and Spirits professional by the Wine & Spirit Education Trust (WSET).

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