Cards of Wine

GSM Blends

GSM wines are a blend of Grenache, Syrah and Mourvèdre.

Flavors

Strawberry
Strawberry
Black Currant
Black
Currant
Blackberry
Blackberry
Blueberry
Blueberry
Cherry
Black
Cherry
Plum
Plum
Spices
Spices
Pepper
Pepper
Herbs
Herbs
Rose
Roses
Lavender
Lavender
Mint
Mint

Oak Added

Oak
Oak
Vanilla
Vanilla
Toast
Toast
Leather
Leather

Strawberry, Dark Berries, and Plum are typical GSM flavors.

Notes of Herbs, Flowers (Provencal Roses), Mint, and Minerals

Profile

GSM wines are generally medium bodied with rich but smooth tannins:

BODYMedium
TANNINSMedium
FRUITMedium
ACIDITYMedium
Serving temperature:
15-16°C (59-61°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

GSM 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.

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.

About GSM

The GMS blend is a classic blend from the Côtes du Rhône region of France. It is also very popular in the Languedoc region.

It is a blend of:


Grenache

Grenache is planted worldwide, but especially in France, Spain,
Italy, Australia, California, and South Africa.

Grenache adds herbal and spicy notes such anise, cinnamon, tobacco.


Syrah

Syrah is one of the darkest full-bodied wines in the world.
If you hold it up to the light, you can not see through the wine.

Syrah adds dark fruit flavors of blackberry, blueberry and plum to the blend.


Mourvèdre

Mourvèdre is also a rich red wine. It adds herbal and floral notes to the blend.

Côtes du Rhône

Côtes du Rhône is an AOC (Appellation d'Origine Contrôlée) wine region in the Rhône Valley of France. There are two main regions:

  • Côtes du Rhône South (Méridional)
  • Côtes du Rhône North (Septentrional)

France

Côtes du Rhône North

In the North, the main grape is Syrah.

The grapes grows on very steep slopes, and are manually picked in hillside trolleys, wich adds to the price.

Côtes du Rhône South

In the South, the main grape is Grenache.

The area is famous for its GSM wines: Grenache, Syrah, and Mourvèdre.