This Friday is #GrenacheDay. A whole day dedicated to the wonderful grape Grenache. If you are a Pinot Noir lover, Grenache is in the same wheel house and tends to be more friendly on the wallet. Here is what you need to know about this lovely grape before Friday:
WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW:
Grenache is a grape that does well in warm weather and can withstand windy conditions. Also known as "Granacha" in Spain, this grape is the principle variety in the the Navarra region. Grenache is also widely planted in Southern France and was one of the first varieties introduced in Australia. Since Grenache tends to produce a lighter, fruitier wine, it is often blended with Tempranillo, Cinsaut or Carignan. Grenache Blanc is the white variety of this grape and is lesser known but comes from a color mutation of Grenache.
- Grenache accounts for 70% of acreage planted in the Chateauneuf-du-Pape region in France
- The skin on the Grenache grape is lightly pigmented resulting in a light colored red wine
- Grenache thrives in schist and granite soils
Grenache tends to be a fruity wine with bright acidity and lots of red fruit flavors such as raspberries, red currants, cheery and strawberries. Sprinkle that with a little white pepper for added spice but don't be surprised there are little to no tannins with this red wine.
Turkey, cranberry sauce, duck or mac and cheese.
EXPECT TO PAY:
Between $15- $25
So grab a bottle and join the conversation on your favorite social media site by using the hashtag #GrenacheDay.