IMG_4401Spring is near and it’s time to think about eating healthier options, without sacrificing your daily wine habits! This week’s weeknight wine pairing features the 2013 Ventisquero Grey Carménère with Busha Browne Jerk Sausage and Pepper Lettuce Wraps! A delicious spin on the traditional sausage and peppers favorite, except instead of using bread to hold all those delicious juices and more, I chose iceberg lettuce to wrap the meat and vegetables.

Busha Browne Spicy Jerk Sauce was a great addition to the meal and complimented this bold, beautiful, and flavorful Chilean wine. Intense cherry color with violet hues and a nose of blueberry, blackberry, spice, and earth. On the palate this wine is dry with a big body and velvety tannins. The dish not overpower the wine and in fact, enhanced the pepper and spice notes, while the smooth tannins complimented the sausage and peppers.

This wine is 100% Carménère and aged 18 months in extra fine grain French oak barrels. After barrel aging, the wine was then bottle aged for 8 months and racked three times. I found this wine opens up beautifully after 30 minutes, where more of the violet and cherry come through. Let this wine breathe while you are cooking, sipping occasionally, and enjoy it until every last drop.

Always remember to eat what you like and drink what you love… please pair responsibly!