The Glow of Grenache
One of the world’s most widely grown grapes, grenache maintains mystery in the realm of today’s wine drinker.
Until recently it was a celebrated grape. One of the most popular in the world. Because of the relatively low yield of Grenache, most growers shun it. But the low yield is responsible for incredible flavor. These poor vines have it so rough that the fruits and aromas of them turn out distinct and incredibly rich as the vines have to struggle for every ounce of nourishment in the dry heat they grow in.
As for Grenache Noir, it is one of the most important red wine grapes of Languedoc. Grenache Blanc makes interesting, if sometimes slightly thin white table wines all over the south of France. Some California winemakers are embracing this grape with enthusiasm and conjuring up remarkable wines. Grenache/Syrah/Mourvèdre the holy grail of wine in Europe. Fabulous blend for the quintessential red wines of southern Rhone including Châteauneuf-du-Pape…
Today, we are uncovering some the mystery that shrouds the grenache grape.
“Wines are like women in that it’s often the imperfections that fascinate.” ~ Sam Neill
Word of show is GRENACHE.
Debra and Kelly
What wine is in our glasses?
In Debra’s Glass: Novelty Hill * 2010 Stillwater Creek Grenache
Black cherry, currant and spice (not too spicy, tho) Mellowed tannins and a long, sultry finish. Slow Cooked Beef (PIN RECIPE) or Lamb Daube Stew (PIN RECIPE)
In Kelly’s Glass: Shatter * Grenache 2011
Wild cherry aroma with very light oak, sensually smooth, strawberry & blackberry round out this incredibly versatile wine. Pair it with Butternut Squash Gnocchi with Sage Brown Butter (PIN RECIPE)
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