Grenache (or Garnacha) is the most exploitable of grapes, fitting comfortably into many different blends. Most commonly it is found lurking in Chateaunuef du Pape and other Southern Rhone, blends, red wines from Languedoc and Spain and has even escaped over the seas to Australia.

 Actually, it is usually happier in a blend than going solo – but that does not prevent producers from making it as a lone varietal. On its own Grenache has wild, unexpected flavours, roasted nuts, leather, black currants,  black cherries, pepper, coffee, spices, even tar and black olives.  Young Grenache tastes of strawberries and raspberries as well, and may well be why in begone years it was used to beef up weedy Pinot from Burgundy.

It’s time to give credit to the world’s most planted red grape variety and hardest working grape variety. So lift a glass to Grenache!!!