You say Grenache, I say Garnacha....
In this edition of Same Grape, Different Name we will be exploring grenache in honor of Grenache Day on September 20th, 2019!
Grenache grapes are large with thin skins, high sugar levels and low acidity. The resulting wines are typically high alcohol & full-bodied, with notes of ripe or candied red fruit (like a fruit rollup for grown ups!) and maybe a hint of oregano or pepper when grown in Old World regions.
Known as garnacha in Spain, where the grape likely originated, this late harvest, resilient grape dominates the Calatayud region, where 63% of vineyards are garnacha. This region delivers juicy, fruit forward wine often aged in oak to round out the tannins, making this an awesome gateway wine for your friends that may be dabbling in or curious about red wine.
Grenache is very popular in the Southern Rhone region of France, known for it's bold grenache based wine, Châteauneuf-du-Pape (pronounced shah-toe-noof do pop, which is fun to say & makes you sound very worldly). Additionally, some of the most popular Rosé wines from Provence are often grenache based, producing a dry, crisp wine with subtle red fruit flavors.
When in Rome, errr Sardinia, try the cannonau, which is how the locals refer to grenache.
Hopefully we have inspired you to shop in a new aisle of the wine store and pick up a bottle of grenache/garnacha/cannonau to celebrate #grenacheday. If you'd like to learn more, listen to the special grenache episode in the latest Twisted Cork podcast!
Bonus fun fact - wondering about legs in wine? Listen to this quick tip from Miss Fox while she tastes a 2015 garnacha!