Chilli Con Carne and Sparkling Wine – Do They Pair?

3rd March 2022

Sparkling Wine and Chilli con carne

Thinking about cooking Chilli Con Carne tonight for dinner and you’re wondering if you can enjoy a bottle of Sparkling Wine alongside it, I bet that’s what you’re wondering, well, good news, the answer is yes, even though this dish delivers a spicy tone with strong red kidney beans, tomato and meaty flavours, the Sparkling Rosé Wine we’re about to use will….. You’ll have to keep reading to find out how it pairs, but first, did you know Chilli Con Carne comes from Spain?

Why is it called Chilli Con Carne?

The dish takes on a spicy tone, giving to the ‘Chilli‘ part, then ‘con‘ is Spanish for with and ‘Carne‘ is Spanish for meat, so in English, the dish translates to Chilli With Meat.

Where did Chilli Con Carne Originate from?


This dish originates from the Aztec’s capital, Tenochtitlan, in what is now Mexico City, the Aztec people excited from 1300 to 1521, they were the first to put together a chilli pepper seasoned stew, so at this point, the dish would have probably just been called ‘Chilli’ no Canre part yet, that would come with the Spanish, when they conquered the Aztec temples, evolving the dish to be ‘Chilli con Carne’ by adding the meat. Franciscan friar, Bernardino de Sahagún was the first to document the Aztec Chili dish in 1529.

The Sparkling Wine

Ventiventi means 2020 in Italian, they planted their first vines in the wine-growing district of north Modena in 2016, using the classic method to make their Italians Sparkling Wines, the company was designed and built following a modern concept, being innovative using modern technology, guaranteeing a quality wine while respecting the territory, vines and plants, they are proud to say they are working on their sustainability, being organic and becoming self-sufficient.

If you’re into your Cocktails, then VentiVenti has been included in The Midnight Hour Cocktail which tasted as mysterious as it looked.

Cantina Ventiventi – Il Borghetto – Rosé Lambrusco di Moderna DOC

Aroma 👃 “Green apple juice, pastry, cinnamon and hints of floral and red apple skin on the aroma.” 

Flavour 👅 “Dry crispt flavours of red fruits and green citrus.”

This Italian Sparkling Wine Won a Silver Medal in the Hint of Spice Category at the Glass of Bubbly Awards 2021

Chilli con Carne and Sparkling Wine

Pairing Notes – “A neutralising effect, the sparkling wine adds red berry flavours, red apple skins, with the savoury and red kidney bean flavours. At the back of the throat, a lingering spice sits givng out an increased spiciness throughout the next mouthful.”

Information Credit: Wikipedia

Image Credit: Tenochtitlan

Oliver Walkey

Champagne and Sparkling Wine Writer, Focused on Bringing the Exciting and Fascinating World of Bubbly to You.