International Grenache Day is celebrated on the third Friday each September. According to DaysOfTheYear.com, The Grenache Association established Grenache Day to celebrate this grape and all the varieties and vintages of wine that were produced from it. In fact, over the ages that have passed since it first began being used and cultivated, new varieties have appeared.
Grenache (known as Garnarcha in Spain) is one of my absolute favorite red grapes. The first time I sipped this varietal was as a Spanish Garnarcha, and I immediately fell in love with it’s deep, juicy plum and red berry flavors and soft texture upon first sip. Since then, Grenache/Garnarcha has held a very special place in my heart, and it’s a rare day that I see it on a restaurant’s wine list and pass it over.
Grenache/Garnacha is the second most widely planted red grape in the world. How can that be, seeing as so many of us are unaware of its existence? Grenache is one of the world’s most popular blending grapes. Although it is an absolute superstar as a single varietal wine, it is also widely blended with other grapes the world over to provide luscious fruit and to help boost alcohol levels in the finished blend.
Grenache/Garnarcha is the most widely planted red grape in Spain, and a powerhouse in our own Desvia, where it is blended with Tempranillo. This grape is also one of the trio known as “G-S-M” that comprise many popular Southern Rhone blends (Grenache, Syrah, and Mourvedre). Grenache is also commonly vinified as a rose’.
Grenache has it all, from juicy blackberry, plum, cherry, strawberry and currant, to spicy black pepper and licorice, as well as floral and earthy notes (think violets and rose petals over tobacco and leather), and when oaked, lends notes of cocoa and vanilla. The soft tannins lend a velvety texture on the palate that even the most fickle can’t help fall in love with.
Grenache/Garnarcha can stand up to rustic and earthy dishes with game meats, pork, and beef as well as those with tomato sauce, or even a hearty paella. Hard cheese and dark chocolate are simple pairings that will make this grape variety shine.
The official hashtag used to celebrate this day is #GrenacheDay.
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About the Author
CSW, WSET3, FWS, BWSEd | Executive VP of Sales and Aquisitions at VINOvations
Missa holds various positions in the wine industry, each of which brings her incredible fulfillment. She is the EVP of Sales and Acquisitions at VINOvations in Sharon, MA. She also teaches students of all levels of experience and interest in wine classes, lifestyle experiences, and leads wine dinners all around Massachusetts.
She is a Certified Specialist of Wine (CSW) with the Society of Wine Educators, a certified French Wine Scholar (FWS), certified with the Wine and Spirits Trust, Level 3 Advanced (WSET), and a certified educator with Boston Wine School (BWSEd). Her unique combination of talent allows her to translate the nuances of wine for the everyday wine drinker in an accessible and fun way. Demystifying wine and removing the intimidation is her passion when sharing wine with others.