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22 September 2010

International Grenache Day

It's this Friday apparently, September 24th. I wouldn't want to start counting how many Grenache-based wines are talked about and reviewed on this blog or sister site Frenchmediterraneanwine.com. From full-on lush reds to lavish Port-like "vins doux naturels" both from "black" Grenache (noir) or Garnacha / Garnatxa, to exotic whites crafted from white Grenache (blanc) / Garnacha blanca and/or Grenache gris, a pinkish skinned relative that can also work for "grey" style rosés; to fruity rounded rosé / rosado / rosat itself made from the "black" version (and sparkling too...)
Still with me? Here are just a few, off the top of my head, that I've particularly enjoyed (sensibly of course) over the last couple of months (mostly from southern France and Spain although Grenache certainly can excel in Australia, California...):
2008 Mas Mudigliza Maury (see post below this one)
2007 Domaine La Fourmente Les Vieux Grenache des Garrigues, Visan (southern Rhone)
2005 Domaine du Chapitre (Ardèche)
2007 Llopart Rosé Cava
2005 Château des Estanilles Faugères Prestige
2007 Domaine Bertrand-Bergé Rivesaltes Tuilé Ma-ga
2009 La Chevalière Grenache
2008 Domaine de Fenouillet Faugères
2006 Mitchelton Crescent, Victoria
2009 Domaine Jones Grenache
2008 Domaine Treloar One Block red
2007 Les Manyes Terroir al Límit, Priorat
2006 Château La Nerthe Châteauneuf-du-Pape "cuvée Cadette"
2007 Inferno Domaine Vinci, Roussillon
1980 Millésime Maury Mas Amiel, Roussillon...
Do a search for lots of links to features / guides / profiles including these and many more Grenache wines:
winewriting.com/search?q=Grenache
frenchmediterraneanwine.com/search?q=Grenache
Or click on any Grenache 'label' at the bottom of a post.
Photo = Grenache from vins-rhone.com

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