Learn about Grenache — taste profile, popular regions and more ...
Enjoying great glory across a variety of appellations, Grenache thrives in any warm, Mediterranean climate where ample sunlight allows its clusters to achieve full phenolic ripeness. While it can make a charmingly complex single varietal wine, it also lends well to blending. Grenache plays an important role in the blends of Priorat and in the Southern Rhône, namely Châteauneuf-du-Pape, and Côtes du Rhône. The Italian island of Sardinia produces bold, rustic Grenache (there called Cannonau) whereas in California, Washington and Australia, Grenache has achieved popularity both flying solo and in blends.
Tasting Notes for Grenache
Grenache is a dry, red wine that is typically full-bodied and interestingly light in both color and tannins. Grenache produces wines that are loaded with strawberry, cherry blackberry, purple plum and in the richest examples, even cocoa, black tea or licorice.
Perfect Food Pairings for Grenache
Despite its bold flavors, Grenache has very mild-mannered tannins, which makes it eminently quaffable on its own, yet easy to match with food. Grenache is the ultimate barbecue red, pairing happily with lamb chops, pork loin or tri-tip. Grenache’s low tannin level ensures that it will not easily be fazed by a bit of spice.
Sommelier Secrets for Grenache
Sardinia is often revered for its association with a long and healthy life. Residents of the Italian island often live well into their 90s and beyond, crediting this to their antioxidant-rich red wines, like Cannonau, along with their healthy Mediterranean diet and low stress lifestyle.
- Pinot Noir292
- Cabernet Sauvignon119
- Rhône Blends111
- Other Red Blends85
- Bordeaux Red Blends25
- Cabernet Franc22
- Petite Sirah11
- Other Red Wine8
- Tuscan Blends7
- Nero d'Avola6
- Nerello Mascalese2
- Petit Verdot1
- Pinot Meunier1
- St. Laurent1
Chateau de Vaudieu Amiral G Chateauneuf-du-Pape 2017Grenache from Chateauneuf-du-Pape, Rhone, France
Espelt Old Vines Garnacha 2017Grenache from Spain
Alfredo Maestro El Marciano 2017Grenache from Spain
Bodega Bernabeleva Navaherreros Tinto 2017Grenache from Spain
Qupe Sawyer Lindquist Vineyard Grenache 2017Grenache from Edna Valley, Central Coast, California
Bodegas Aragonesas Aragus Organic 2017Grenache from Spain
Pinol Ludovicus Tinto 2017Grenache from Terra Alta, Spain
Beckmen Estate Grenache 2017Grenache from Central Coast, California
Campo Viejo Garnacha 2017Grenache from Rioja, Spain
Bokisch Vineyards Terra Alta Vineyard Garnacha 2017Grenache from Lodi, California
Hahn SLH Grenache 2017Grenache from Santa Lucia Highlands, Monterey, Central Coast, California
A Tribute to Grace Hofer Vineyard Grenache 2017Grenache from Central Coast, California
Clif Family Winery Grenache 2017Grenache from North Coast, California
Pala i Fiori Cannonau 2017Grenache from Sardinia, Italy
Lindquist Sawyer Lindquist Vineyard Grenache 2017Grenache from Edna Valley, Central Coast, California
Angove Family Winemakers Warboys Vineyard Grenache 2017Grenache from McLaren Vale, South Australia, Australia
Giovanni Montisci Barrosu Cannonau di Sardegna 2017Grenache from Sardinia, Italy
Kalleske Old Vine Grenache 2017Grenache from Barossa Valley, Barossa, South Australia, Australia
Evodia Old Vine Grenache 2017Grenache from Spain