Try a Grenache wine if you like Merlot

 

Overview of the Grenache wine varietal

Balanced tannin and acidity with good weight and complex flavours. Often a component of blended wine.

 

Why we like the Grenache varietal, grape and wine

  • Grenache is one of the 3 grapes in the popular GSM blend: Grenache, Syrah, Mourvèdre. It’s also amazing as a single varietal!

 


How to pronounce Grenache:

grehn-NOSH


 

Flavours and aromas of Grenache / Garnacha wines

  • Fruit: red fruit, plum, orange, dried fruit
  • Herbal: mint, liquorice, pepper, black tea, lavender
  • Other: leather, stone, chocolate, pastry

 

Foods that go well with Grenache wine – varietal pairings

  • Any dish with Provençal herbs (rosemary, lavender, thyme, sage)
  • Grilled vegetables
  • Hearty, earthy soups and stews
  • Chicken and turkey
  • Cheddar, Gouda Cheeses

 

Where are Grenache grapes grown?

Old World Grenache Regions

  • Rhone Valley, France
  • Spain (called Garnacha)
  • Sicily, Italy
  • Sardinia, Italy (called Cannonau)

New World Grenache Regions

  • USA
  • Australia
  • China

 

Interesting facts about Grenache wine

The “holy trinity” of grape blends is the GSM of Southern Rhone, France. These 3 grapes (Grenache, Syrah and Mourvèdre) blend together so beautifully that a winery in Australia named their GSM blend after the famous nickname, The Holy Trinity.

A long, long time ago (in the 1600s), Burgundy winemakers used to secretly blend their Pinot Noir with a little Grenache to make it taste better!

 

Other names for the Grenache varietal include

Grenache Noir, Garnacha (Spain), Garnatxa (Spain), Cannonau (Italy)

 

Our favourite finds for Grenache wine

Bernabeleva 2016 Garnacha de Viña Bonita
Ogier Clos de L’Oratoire des Pape Rouge

 

Dig Deeper: Learn More About Old World vs New World Wines

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