Garnacha, also known as Grenache, is one of the oldest and most widely planted wine grapes in the world. But its origin goes back to Europe in the region of what is now eastern Spain and southern France.
We recently received samples of three Grenache blends, which we think might make a unique holiday party pour or a perhaps a hostess gift.
Domaine Vial-Magneres Le Petit Couscouril Collioure Rosé 2018, France
What a refreshing sip of rosé for the holidays! This wine is a blend of 80% Black Grenache, 10% Syrah and 10% Carignan Noir from the Languedoc-Roussillon region in France. Fermented in stainless steel vats with native fermentation, this rosé is fresh and crisp. Most noteworthy, blueberry and peach aromas lead into a fruity palate with hints of minerality. Because of this, it will pair well with a seafood citrus salad for lunch or grilled lamb for dinner. Delicious!
Vinas Del Vero La Miranda Secastilla Garnacha Blanca 2017, Spain
Pale yellow in color, this is a delicate, yet elegant white Grenache. Aromas of stone fruit, light spices, vanilla and hazelnuts make way for crisp, clean flavors of peach, pineapple, grapefruit and other citrus. Pair this lovely white wine with any number of appetizers, salads or seafood. Although it is native to northern Spain, Grenache Blanc is also known for its role in southern French whites.
Le Cirque Grenache Noir Carignan Syrah 2016, France
From the Côtes Catalanes, this wine is a popular, medium-bodied blend of Grenache Noir, Carignan and Syrah used extensively in southern France and the northeast of Spain. (Similarly, this mirrors the grapes in the rosé.) Intense aromatics of black fruit and licorice lead into flavors of plum, dark berries, spices and more licorice. Above all, this is a bright, balanced, fruit-driven wine. Serve with grilled meats, pork, prime rib or gourmet burgers.
Consequently, if you’re looking for something a little different this holiday season, try the complex, structured and well-balanced wines blended with Garnacha/Grenache.
Happy holidays, and cheers!
Margot and Dave