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Grenache

Grenache, also known as Garnacha, is a classic Mediterranean grape variety, with a long history of cultivation. It is one of the most widely grown red grape varieties in the world, and is a major component in many of the most famous wines of Spain and France.

Colour, Aromas and Taste Profile

Grenache is a medium-sized, dark-skinned grape variety with a relativelly thin skin. Grenache wines have a relatively light ruby-red colour, with a full, spicy and fruity character. Aromas of red fruits, dark berries and pepper are common, and on the palate, Grenache wines tend to have a soft, velvety texture and a subtle sweetness.

Fresh Grenache grapes on the vine

Regional Features & Food Pairings

Grenache is most commonly planted in the Mediterranean, particularly in Spain, France and Italy. In Spain, it is one of the most widely planted red varieties, and is commonly found in Rioja wines together with Tempranillo. In France, it is a major component of the classic Rhône blends, and is also found in Provence and Languedoc-Roussillon. In Italy, Grenache is grown particularly in Sardinia where it is called "Cannonau". Grenache is a vigorous variety, and needs plenty of sunshine and warm temperatures to ripen well. It is drought-resistant, and can tolerate high yields, but too-high yields can lead to diluted and thin wines. Grenache is often blended with other varieties to add structure and body. Grenache is a highly versatile variety, and is used to make a wide range of styles. In Spain, it is used to make full-bodied Riojas but also fruity rosé wines. In the Rhône, Grenache is a major component of the classic Châteauneuf-du-Pape blends. In Provence, Grenache is used to make the famous rosé wines. Grenache-based wines are often full-bodied and fruity, so they are best served with rich, hearty dishes such as roast meats, game and stews. They also pair well with mild cheeses and tomato-based sauces.

Foods to pair with Grenache:

Pasta
Pizza
Curry
Deep fried
Beef
Game
Sausage
Smoky
Fish
Light meat
Salad
Fun Fact about Grenache
Grenache is one of the oldest grape varieties in the world, with a history of cultivation going back to the 1st century BC. It was likely brought to Spain by the Phoenicians.

Top Wines with Grenache

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CVNE Cune Reserva

Cune (CVNE)

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Cune Reserva is a premium red wine produced by Compañía Vinícola del Norte de España (CVNE), a renowned winery located in the Rioja appellation of Spain. The grapes used to make this wine are sourced from the winery's own vineyards, which are situated in the heart of Rioja Alta. The vineyards are characterized by their high altitude, which results in cooler temperatures and longer growing seasons, allowing the grapes to develop complex flavors and aromas. The wine is made using traditional winemaking techniques, including aging in oak barrels for 24 months, resulting in a wine with a rich and complex flavor profile. Cune Reserva is a classic Rioja wine, known for its balance of fruit, oak, and tannins, making it a perfect pairing for a wide range of dishes.
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Château de Saint Cosme Little James' Basket Press Rouge

Château de Saint Cosme

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Château de Saint Cosme Little James' Basket Press Rouge is a delightful red wine produced by the renowned winery Château de Saint Cosme. This wine comes from the Rhône Valley appellation and is made from a blend of Grenache, Syrah, and Mourvèdre grapes. The vineyard features old vines that are carefully tended to by the winemakers to ensure the highest quality grapes. The wine is made using traditional winemaking techniques, including basket pressing, which gives it a unique character and depth of flavor. This wine is known for its rich, fruity flavors and smooth, velvety texture, making it a perfect choice for any occasion.
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Palacios Remondo La Montesa

Palacios Remondo

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Palacios Remondo La Montesa is a highly regarded wine from the Rioja appellation in Spain. Crafted with expertise, this wine showcases the unique characteristics of the vineyard it comes from. The vineyard features old vines that contribute to the wine's depth and complexity. The winemaking process involves careful selection of grapes and traditional techniques, resulting in a wine that beautifully balances fruitiness and elegance. La Montesa is known for its vibrant red fruit flavors, hints of spice, and a velvety texture. It is a wine that captures the essence of Rioja and is sure to impress wine enthusiasts seeking a refined and expressive experience.
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E. Guigal Côtes-du-Rhône Rouge

E. Guigal

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The Rhone Valley is one of the most historic regions. Wine was made here by the Romans when they occupied Gaul. Guigal is a family owned operation that is now in its third generation. They have achieved much in a short space of time, becoming stalwarts of the area. Guigal buy additional fruit to make this large volume blend but they pay their growers a multiple of the market rate to ensure the fruit meets their exacting specifications. The blend in Syrah dominant with Grenache and a little Mourvedre in support. The winemaking is both traditional and slow with a long maceration on skins, controlled temperatures and 18 months maturation in old oak vats before release. The end result is a full bodied with with velvety tannins and notes of blackberries, cherries, and licorice spice. This is not only a great introduction to a Southern Rhone style blend, buy a model of consistency, which when coupled with its wide availability makes it a frequent choice for many. If you are looking for something versatile and reliable, look no further.
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Ridge Vineyards Three Valleys

Ridge Vineyards

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Ridge Vineyards Three Valleys is a robust and complex red blend from the Sonoma County region of California. It is a blend of Zinfandel, Carignane and Petite Sirah, which are all grown at the Monte Bello Estate. The Zinfandel provides a juicy, jammy core of ripe raspberry, blackberry and boysenberry, while the Carignane adds complexity and structure. The Petite Sirah contributes a velvety texture and hints of spice. On the palate, the wine is lush and flavorful, with a core of ripe black fruit and a hint of wild herbs. It has a soft, velvety texture and a long, lingering finish. Enjoy this bold and complex red blend with grilled meats, sharp cheeses or hearty stews.
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