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Grenache - A Celebration

By Alastair Marshall, also posted in News on

You will probably have never heard of 'International Grenache Day' but such a thing does exist and Friday the 20th September is that very day. When I first heard of this event I, admittedly, mentally filed it under the same category of amiable distractions such as 'International Talk Like a Pirate Day' (September the 19th if you must know!), but as Grenache is a great favourite of both myself and Rob Chase we inquired within and became signed up members of a new crusade. Grenache is the most widely planted red grape variety in the world but, rather unfairly in our opinion, languishes behind the fame stakes. It is grown wherever in the world man thinks to plant vines, because it thrives in a hot climate and is prone to producing full, fruity and somewhat alcoholic wines that are great for blending with other grape varieties. Rioja, Châteauneuf du Pape and Côtes du Rhône all rely on the Grenache grape in their make up. If the fruit, however, is taken from an old vine whose capacity is to produce less but of a more concentrated nature, then the wines are dramatically different, richer and full of vibrant red fruit flavours. Spain is a treasure trove of old vines as is the south of France, and allied to the enthusiasm of a great winemaker, we can find wines that are truly delicious and offer remarkable value. Here's a selection of wines for every pocket that will not disappoint and so we urge you to join our crusade - for a day at least! 2012 Adnams French Rosé, Vin de Pays de l'Hérault 2011 Garnacha 'Cruz de Piedra', Bodegas Virgen de la Sierra, Calatayud 2012 Garnacha 'Joven', Bodegas Tempore, Vino de la Tierra del Bajo Aragon 2012 The Adnams Selection Rosado, 'Monte Arlas', Navarra 2012 Château du Grand Moulas, Côtes-du-Rhône  2010 Télégramme, Domaine du Vieux Télégraphe  

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