Grape Of The Week: Grenache

A grape of many names, Grenache is also known as Garnacha or Garnatxa, based on where it hails from. A deep ruby hue, rich and flavorful red wines are produced from this grape. It also plays an important role in Grenache-Syrah-Mourvedre (GSM) Blends found in Châteauneuf-du-Pape and Rhône wines. Key notes of Grenache wines are grilled plum, leather, dried herbs, and stewed strawberry. Best paired with high-intensity flavors, Grenache goes well with roasted meats and vegetables.

Grenache Blanc, a color mutation of Grenache, produces full-bodied whites that are sometimes aged in oak. Native to northern Spain, Grenache Blanc plays a bigger role in French wines, delivering flavors of yellow plum, pear, toast, honeysuckle, and occasionally dill. In contrast, Grenache Gris, another color mutation that’s mainly found in France, is slightly rare and delivers notes of apricot and stone fruits, while being fuller in texture. These wines go great with seafood, like tuna steaks, grilled snapper, and mahi mahi. 

Looking to indulge? Here are some wines to try:

Spain (Garnacha, Garnatxa)

Venus La Universal Dido La Universal Montsant 2019

Mas Martinet Menut Priorat 2019

France (Grenache, Grenache Blanc, Grenache Gris)

Chateau Maris La Touge Syrah 2018

Domaine du Grapillon d'Or 1806 Gigondas 2018

La Fete du Rose Cotes de Provence 2020

Maison Francois Ducrot Auguste Vin de France 2021