One of the first atypical varietal wines I ever loved was Porter Creek’s Carignan. It’s affordable at $25, rustic, unpretentious, juicy, approachable, fresh, brambly and fruity. It encompasses pretty much everything I love about wine and it’s one I love to share with people new to wine and to bring to dinner parties.
Carignan originated in Southern Europe and is now widely planted across Italy, France, Spain & the US. Because of it’s heritage, it makes for an extremely food-friendly wine. I love to pair it with Italian-inspired dishes and tonight I will be serving it with pan-roasted chicken legs, rapini with pancetta and creamy polenta.
I’ll be on the lookout for more producers of this delicious varietal! Let me know in the comments if you know of one.