Cards of Wine

Grenache (France)

Grenache is a French grape variety often blended to make GSM and Châteauneuf-du-Pape.

Typical Flavors


Blackberry
Blackberry
Raspberry
Raspberry
Black Cherry
Black
Cherry
Plum
Plum

Herbs
Herbs
Spices
Spices
Anise
Anise
Cinnamon
Cinnamon

Oak Added Flavors:

Barrel
Barrel
Chocolate
Cocolate
Coffee
Coffee
Tobacco
Tobacco

Black and Blue Fruit, Cherry, and Plum are typical Grenache flavors.

Hints of Herbs and Spices.

Oak added Flavors: Mushroom. Coffee. Tobacco.

Profile

Grenache has good acidity and smooth tannins:

BODYMedium Minus
TANNINSMedium
FRUITMedium
ACIDITYMedium - High
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

Grenache wines should be paired with rich flavors.

They pair perfectly with rich Stews, Cassoulets and Marinated Asian (Not Spicy).

They also love BBQ and Grilled Meat (Beef. Veal. Pork. Chicken. Game).

Pairing Suggestions

Excellent Pairing:
Tapas. Cured Meat.
Pizza. Hamburger.
Stews. Cassoulets. Goulash.
Sausages. Pepper Sauce.
Asian Marinated Dishes (Not Spicy).
Lamb. Lamb Shanks.
Game in Cherry Sauce.
Roast. BBQ. Pork. Rabbit. Game.
Poultry. Rich Chicken. Turkey.
Duck. Roasted Duck with Plum.

Cheese:
Manchego. Cheddar. Gouda (Smoked). Pecorino. Asiago.

French Specialities:
Oxtail Bourguignonne.
Confit de Canard (Duck Confit).

If You Like Grenache

You Might Also Like:

Barbera (Italy)
Cabernet Franc (France)
Cerasuolo d'Abruzzo (Italy)
Chianti (Italy)
Dolcetto (Italy)
Frappato (Italy)
Garnacha (Spain)
GSM Wines (France)
Sangiovese (Italy)
Tempranillo (Spain)
Teroldego (Italy)

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.

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.

Grenache in France

In France, Grenache is the key ingredient in Châteauneuf-du-Pape and GSM blends.

It is also the most planted grape variety in Languedoc-Roussillon.

Read More

You can read more about the grape at Grenache Grapes.

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