Top 5 Reasons Why Garnacha RULES

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If you try one grape this fall (or, re-try, if you’re already in the know), it’s gotta be Garnacha. And we’ve got our reasons …

  1. It’s fun to say.  Whatever you call it – Garnacha (Spain!), Grenache (France!), Cannonau (Italy!) … it just rolls off your tongue.

 

  1. It’s kind of a big deal.  Grenache stars in France’s world-famous (and often cost-prohibitive) Châteauneuf-du-Pape – Garnacha plays the key role in pricey Priorat. It’s also behind many cult-status California reds.

 

  1. Something the Burgundians would rather forget.  Back in the 17th and 18th centuries, winemakers in France’s ultra-prestigious Burgundy region reportedly (covertly) added Garnacha to their much lighter Pinot Noir wines to give them more oomph.

 

  1. You may live longer.  Seriously. Sunny Sardinia, where they grow (and drink quite a bit of) Cannonau, is home to an inordinately high ratio of centenarians.

 

  1. It’s actually from Spain  But it’s planted heavily across the world (China has over 12,000 hectares!) and is the second-most planted red variety in France, after Merlot. And, Garnacha helped launch The Rhône Ranger Movement in California (a Renaissance of Rhône-style wines, led by star winemaker Randall Grahm).

Spanish it may be, but Garnacha is planted heavily across the world (China has over 12,000 hectares!) and is the second-most planted red variety in France, after Merlot. And, Garnacha helped launch The Rhône Ranger Movement in California (a Renaissance of Rhône-style wines, led by star winemaker Randall Grahm).

We love a good Garnacha – and, bonus reason – you have access to this beauty from Master of Wine, Norrel Robertson.

 ¡Salud! 

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