(aka. Grenache Noir, Garnacha, Cannonau, Lladoner, Tinto Aragones, Alicante)

Traditionally in California, Grenache has mostly been planted in the warm Central Valley, to produce fruity, quaffable reds and pinks. But the emergence of Rhône blends, enthusiastically promoted by a band of winemakers known as the ‘Rhone Rangers’, has sparked an increase in plantings of Grenache in more esteemed California viticultural zones. Significant acreage of this grape is found in Santa Barbara and Monterey counties. Grenache’s ability to produce in warm climates has made it a workhorse varietal not only in California, but also in the warmth of South Australia and South Africa. Grenache-based wines tend to be high in alcohol, with attractive fruit qualities in youth. Grenache’s sweet berry character, makes it a successful candidate for rosé wines, the most famous coming from the southern French appellations of Tavel and Lirac. This hairy-leafed vine produces grapes naturally low in tannin and in color Read more »

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  • M. Chapoutier Côtes du Roussillon Villages Bila Haut White 2015


    The 2015 Bila Haut Blanc Cotes du Roussillon is a masterful blend of Grenache Blanc, Vermentino, Marsanne and other varieties; it has aged gracefully over the 3 years it has stood in the bottle, evoking rich spicy fig, orange, more spice and orange peel on entry... but measured out perfectly. A steal, but drink up now and buy up the 2016. 88. Read More

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  • Tablas is definitely up there and their Grenache is a very good iteration of that grape in CA. I agree that there are a lot of them in Paso that are really tasty, and some good Zin as well. There are plenty of people making it from Dusi Ranch and it's a special place for sure.But hands down the best version of any Spanish wine I've had comes fro... Read More

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  • Gabriel Meffre Cotes du Rhone "Saint Vincent" 2017


    The 2017 Saint Vincent Cotes du Rhone Blanc is a very fragrant (flowers, wild grass, and vanilla) with a reasonably smooth, slightly stringent entry; flavours are tisane, and somewhat neutral white fruit - perhaps gooseberry. This is a good quality sipper as a aperitif or with seafood. Delicious for the price and vintage. 87. Read More

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  • Gabriel Meffre Plan de Dieu Côtes du Rhône Villages "Saint Mapalis" 2016


    The 2016 edition of the Gabriel Meffre Plan de Dieu (Saint-Mapalis) is an excellent bargain for those buying for everyday drinking with some quality to spare: the nose is redolent of sweet cherry - perhaps a little raspberry poking through, with a smooth entry perfect for meats and stews, with good grip and light tannin. Finish has a slight puc... Read More

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  • Nice wrap-up of some tastings with a bit of experience added in.  I have ... as you rightly point out, of Grenache (Garnacha) and Carignan (Cariñena) and Mourvedre (Monastrell, I think).  I have never had the opportunity to try Janesse (my misfortune, given the brand's reputation), but will try to seek it out in my travels.  But I think we all... Read More

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  • It is a good go-to. The CdR is unique though, and while there are copies all ... there - Yalumba Bush Vine Grenache for example. Haven't bought that for a while, but picked up Miss Harry's for 12.99 recently and it's a great deal.Some of the CdRs I've liked are from Barroux as it has that black cherry profile with earthy undertones, another we... Read More

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  • Yes, even the mass-produced CdR is usally very quaffable - although it all ... ... ... to the rather flaccid Grenache Blanc or Bourboulenc one gets from warmer vineyards - especially if the grapes are harvested too late to preserve the citrus flavours and acidity associated therewith.  With the whites, one needs to be more selective as the or... Read More

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  • One of the few real bargains left in France are found in the southern Rhone and Bouche du Rhône and fall under the appellation Cotes du Rhône and Cotes du Rhône-Villages.  These wines are delicious whether red or white, and are still affordable at good price to quality ratios.  Their copies in Australia, South Africa, Australia and North America... Read More

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  • Thanksgiving Dinner NV


    As the Thanksgiving Day grocery store madness grows closer, who has time to ... are made primarily from the Grenache grape and they add a bit of spice to the table. They are plush and polished, medium bodied, with a long, velvety finish. Flavors of red berry, earth, spice, and even some minerality can be found on these wines. We love the Jabou... Read More

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  • Roussillon’s dry wines are go-tos, especially around the holidays. The ... Banyuls in a dry style, its Grenache-based dessert wines are of superior quality. They are often described as the quintessential chocolate pairing wine. The term Rimage (a Catalan word meaning “vintage”) is a high-quality indicator. Rimage wines are aged without oxygen ... Read More

    From the article Try this aperitif before heading out to dinner.

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  • We just received an 'El Bombero' as a gift. I'm not familiar with it & came for an education.

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  • Check out Routas Infernet 2004, it's a Grenache/Syrah. It's affordable - a great daily.

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  • Big meaty fruits are where it's at. Absolutely love it.

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