September Grape of the Month – Grenache

grape-of-the-month-septemberFor September, the focus is on Grenache, or en espagnol, Garnacha.  The grape originated in Spain and has since become one of the most widely planted grapes in the world.  However, it achieved fame and fortune in France, as Grenache.  Grenache is the principal grape in the wines of Châteauneuf-du-Pape, which are some of the most expensive wines in the world.   The Grenache grape tends to produce wines with a high alcohol content, and thus the wines are often suitable for aging.  The high alcohol is balanced out by strong red fruit flavors, such as strawberries and raspberries, and a spiciness of cinnamon and/or black pepper.   While red is the most well known style of Grenache,  it is also used to make many rosé wines, and there is a related white varietal called, Grenache Blanc.



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