International #GrenacheDay September 20th 2013: Learn a few things about this amazing grape variety!

Châteauneuf-du-Pape vineyard

1. Grenache (Garnacha in Spain) is the second most planted grape variety of the world.

2. Grenache originated in Spain. More precisely, in the province of Aragon (according to ampelographical evidence).

3. The wines made from the Grenache grape are generally spicy, berry-flavored and soft on the palate with a relatively high alcohol content.

4. In most wines from Southern Rhône, Grenache is the dominant grape variety.

5. Grenache is usually blended with other varieties such as Syrah, Carignan, Tempranillo and Cinsaut. However, varietal examples of Grenache do exist.

6. In Australia Grenache is typically blended in what is called a “GSM” blend (the other two grape varieties being Syrah and Mourvèdre).

7. The high sugar levels of Grenache make leads to the use of this grape variety in fortified wines. Red vins doux naturels of Roussillon and most Australian fortified wine are classical examples

8. Grenache noir (“black” Grenache) is a better known grape variety than Grenache blanc (“white” Grenache). However, Grenache blanc is also a very important grape variety in France.

9. Since it adds body and fruitiness to a wine, Grenache is commonly used as a blending component.

10. In Italy, Grenache is most commonly known as Cannonau. The most plantings are in Sardinia, but there are some plantings in other regions (Sicily, Calabria and Umbria).

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International #GrenacheDay

Save the date! Next International #GrenacheDay on Friday 20th September 2013
Add your event onto the GoogleMap :

https://maps.google.com/maps/ms?msid=203127175386421344207.0004e0876ec8722778f74&msa=0

Come celebrate with us on September, 20th 2013 by popping some corks on great Grenache wines, wherever you are. It’s the most widely planted red grape in the world and responsible for the velvety, voluptuous mouthfeel that people love in wine; but it rarely gets the credit it deserves because it’s often used in blends. It’s time to change all that! Grenache enthusiasts are connecting all over the world and coming together to celebrate this groovy grape.

If you are not familiar with the grape, #GrenacheDay is the perfect opportunity to learn something new and have some fun. Go to your local pub or restaurant with friends and try some, or visit your wine shop and open a few bottles.

Pour la version française :
Y en español:
http://www.grenache-association.com/grenache-day

 

For information information on #grenacheday: marlene@grenachesymposium.com

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Cheers,

Luiz Alberto, #winelover & #grenachelover

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