New wine for the new year – Casillero del Diablo 2018 Carmenere


Happy New Wine everyone!


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It’s Wine Thursday!

our weekly good-wine-at-a-good-price

that-you-can-find recommendation.

Our New Year’s resolution…

We’re resolving to break out of our wine rut

by trying unique and unusual wines. 

And we’re going to take you along for the ride.


We’re kicking it off with a hearty red

from Chile by way of Bordeaux.


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Casillero del Diablo Carmenere is a wine

with stories abounding. 

First, the grape. 

Carmenere originated in France, specifically Bordeaux. 

The French abandoned it,

turning their attention to more popular grapes

such as cabernet sauvignon and merlot. 

Carmenere made it’s way to South America

where Chile welcomed it with open arms…

and vast unplanted vineyards. 

One Chilean winemaker in particular,

Concha Y Toro,

produced a very tasty Carmenere

and other popular reds,

so much so that the winemaker

became the target of wine thieves. 

How do you stop wine thieves?

Convince said thieves that a devil

lives in the wine cellar. 

That explains the name,

Casillero del Diablo,

which means “devil locker”. 

This entertaining video explains it all.


This is a medium-body, easy drinking red

that shows dark fruit flavors and a hint of pepper. 

It isn’t in every store

but it is worth seeking out…

especially at the price. 

We found Casillero del Diablo’s

2018 Carmenere

at selected Target stores for $9.99,

at QFC for $10.99 and at some,

not all but some,

Fred Meyer stores

also for $10.99.