Grenache: The Grape That Conquered the Globe
Wine enthusiasts and newcomers alike, we’ve got a reason to celebrate – it’s International Grenache Day! If you’re not quite a wine expert yet, don’t worry; we’re here to introduce you to the fantastic world of Grenache wine. So, grab your glass, and let’s dive into the deliciousness of this beloved grape.
Grenache, known as ‘Garnacha’ in Spain and ‘Cannonau’ in Italy, is a red grape variety that has captured the hearts of wine lovers across the globe. With its origins believed to trace back to Spain, Grenache has become a truly international grape with a passport full of stamps, finding its way into vineyards from France’s Rhône Valley to the sun-soaked landscapes of California, and even as far as Australia.
The Grenache Grape: A Versatile Virtuoso
One of the remarkable features of Grenache is its versatility. Winemakers adore this grape because its adaptability to different climates allows it to produce a diverse array of wine styles, from light and fruity rosés to rich and robust reds. Grenache also plays a significant role in many famous wine blends, including the renowned Châteauneuf-du-Pape.
What Does Grenache Taste Like?
Okay, let’s get to the good part – what does Grenache wine taste like? Well, if it’s a red Grenache, think about red berries, cherries, and maybe a little bit of spice. The wine is known for its soft, velvety texture, making it incredibly approachable for both new and seasoned wine drinkers. If it’s a Grenache rosé, picture strawberries, raspberries, and maybe a hint of citrus – perfect for sipping on a sunny day.
Food Pairing with Grenache
Grenache’s crowd pleasing versatility makes it the perfect addition to the dining table. Try a Grenache rosé with salads, seafood, or just your favourite snacks. If you’re sipping a Grenache red, it’s great with grilled meats, pasta, or even pizza. It’s like a culinary best friend!
Conclusion: Cheers to Grenache!
So, whether you’re a seasoned wine sipper or just starting your wine adventure, International Grenache Day is your chance to say “cheers” to a grape that’s all about fun and flavour. It’s a celebration of a grape that has truly become a hero in the world of wine. Check out our Grenache favourites on Vinohero:
A showstopper, perfect for impressing your friends or simply keeping to yourself! Casa Lo Alto Rocha Candeal is probably one of the best and purest examples of Grenache (Garnacha) that we’ve ever tasted. Produced near Valencia on the Mediterranean coast of Spain, this wine has bags of red fruit, hints of black pepper and a great lingering taste.
A beautiful example of velvety Grenache wine from the south of France. Aromatic and fruity on the nose, the taste has a nice balance between the fruit and spices. A perfect accompaniment to sunny, autumnal meals.
From the superstar chef’s collection, James transports us to a summer day in the south of France with this beautifully pale pink rosé blending Cinsault (55%) with Grenache Gris (45%). Produced near Narbonne in the beautiful Languedoc region, the wine has fresh and fruity aromas coupled with summer red-berried fruit flavours, making it elegant and well balanced. Simply enjoy on its own, or a real delight with your summer meals, barbecues and all types of salads. Best served chilled, of course.