Cards of Wine

Cannonau (Italy)

Cannonau is the main grape in the island of Sardinia, Italy.

Flavors

Blackberry
Blackberry
Black Currant
Black Currant
Black Cherry
Black
Cherry
Plum
Plum
Herbs
Herbs
Violet
Violet
Spices
Spices
Licorice
Licorice

Oak Added Flavors:

Barrel
Barrel
Vanilla
Vanilla
Cinnamon
Cinnamon
Tobacco
Tobacco

Black and Blue Fruit, Wild Berries, and Plum (or Jam) are typical Cannonau flavors.

Hints of Violets or Roses, and Herbs (Anise).

Oak added Flavors: Vanilla. Cinnamon. Tobacco.

Profile

BODYMedium
TANNINSMedium
FRUITMedium - High
ACIDITYMedium
Serving temperature:
17-18°C (63-64°F)

Food Pairing

Antipasti
Tapas
Salami
Salami
Ham
Ham
Pizza
Pizza
Soups
Cassoulets
Chicken
Chicken
Duck
Duck
Rabbit
Rabbit
Pork
Pork
Lamb
Lamb
Veal
Veal
Deer
Game

Cannonau is very food friendly. It has good fruit and smooth tannins.

It pairs perfectly with rich Stews, Cassoulets and Marinated Asian.

Cannonau also loves Barbecue and Grilled Meat (Beef. Veal. Pork, Chicken. Game).

Pairing Suggestions

Excellent Pairing:
Tapas. Cured Meat. Pizza.
Stews. Cassoulets. Goulash.
Asian Marinated Dishes.
Indian Chicken Tikka Masala.
Poultry. Roasted Duck with Plum.
Pork. Rabbit. Game.
Lamb. Lamb Shanks.
Braises. Roast. BBQ.
Game with Cherry Sauce.

Cheese:
Pecorino. Asiago. Manchego. Cheddar. Gouda.

Grenache / Garnacha / Cannonau

Grenache is one of the most widely planted red wine grapes in the world.

Grenache is called Garnacha in Spain and Cannonau in Italy.

Grenache is said to originate from Aragon in Spain, but recent DNA analysis indicates that Grenache is native to Sardinia in Italy.

Different Garnacha varieties produce both red and white wines with a high level of alcohol.

Garnacha is a typical blendig grape. In pure form it produces a dull wine with little color, usually sold as a rosé.

Cannonau in Italy

In Italy, Grenache is most commonly found in Sardinia under the name Cannonau.

The DOC wine "Cannonau di Sardegna" must contain at least 90% local Grenache (Cannonau).

Read More

You can read more about the grape at Grenache Grapes.

You can read more about the world wide production at Grenache Regions.

Sardegna

Tourists know Sardegna for the beaches.

In the wine world, Sardegna is best known for the white Vermentino and the red Cannonau.

Red Wines:
Cannonau (Garnacha)
Carignano

White Wines:
Vermentino

Sardegna

Sardinia

Capital: Cagliani

The Ideal Glass

The Bordeaux glass is perfect for medium to full bodied red wines.

It is taller than other red wine glasses, and has a slimmer bowl.

The large size of the glass allows the fruit bouquet to develop. It smooths out rough edges, plays down tannins, and allows the wines to achieve balance.

The slimmer bowl sends the wine directly to the back of the mouth for maximum taste.