Definition: Grenache (called Garnacha in Spain) is a red grape that originates in the Rhone Valley of southern France. In its prime it produces a deep colored red wine with ripe red fruit flavors, often raspberry dominates the palate.
Flavor Profile: The characteristic notes of Grenache are berry fruit such as raspberries and strawberries. When yields are kept in check, Grenache based wines can develop complex and intense notes of black currants, black cherries, black olives, coffee, gingerbread, honey, leather, black pepper, tar, spices and roasted nuts. When yields are increased, more overtly earthy and herbal notes emerge that tend to quickly fade on the palate.
Food Pairing: Because of its light sweetness and being a dry wine, Grenache is a good match for grilled red meats. The heavier the wine, the heartier the meat it can be paired with. Try it with kebabs, fillets, beef stroganoff, prime rib, lamb chops or even a cheeseburger.