Fri 21 Sep 2012

Get To Know Grenache

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I love grenache and today is International Grenache Day.

It is one of the wine world’s most underrated grapes, producing juicy red wines at everyday prices as well as serious, terroir-driven examples at the top end.

If that wasn?t enough it plays a lead role in many of the fabulously vibrant rosés, while grenache blanc and grenache gris make fantastically individual white wines.

Our current Fine Wine List has an International Grenache Day selection to explore; in addition, here is a handful of wines that I feel offer a great summary of grenache’s appealing qualities (red, white and rosé):

Spain (Calatayud): Cruz de Piedra Garnacha, 2010 (Red, £5.50)
Spain (Terra Alta): Jaspi Blanc, 2011 (White, £8.50)
France (Roussillon): Domaine Jones Rouge Grenache, 2010 (Red, £11.95)
Spain (Rioja): Muga Rosado
Spain (Calatayud): El Puño Garnacha, 2007 (Red, £16)
Australia (McLaren Vale): d’Arenberg The Beautiful View Grenache, 2009 (Red, £38)

Pierre Mansour
Society Buyer

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