We like having family meals planned for the weekends since our kids are 9 & 12 so they still often end up having their own meals during the week.
This week we chose to make a chilli because I discovered an AMAZING website with all sorts of authentic ingredients from Mexico, including 100% maize tortillas (and therefore also gluten free!).
At the very last minute I realised that I had not thought about the wine to match.
I know many would suggest beer, but I’m not a beer drinker and nor is my wife, so we wanted something that would work.
I briefly considered a sparkling Loire crémant I have chilled, but I wanted a red wine, so I popped up to the local co-op, who happen to have a very commendable range these days, and bought a bottle of Casillero del Diablo Carmenere. It actually worked very well - the fruity, round body and slightly tomato-leaf character of the Carmenere grape blending well with the spicy meal.
I think we will repeat it soon (as the kids loved it and I bought two packs of the tortillas) so next time I need to be prepared. What wine would you serve with a mildly-spiced chilli meal like this?