You may be unfamiliar with the Grenache grape, but it is one the most widely grown Rhone varietal grapes in the world. It is spicy, berry-flavored and soft on the palate with a relatively high alcohol content. It’s good to be adventurous and try this rich, full, berry, vanilla, hint of leather, spice and cherries wine. It comes out of the bottle pretty light, like a Pinot Noir but packs a huge flavor.
Grenache is the dominant variety in most Southern Rhônewines, especially in Châteauneuf-du-Pape where it is typically over 80% of the blend. In Australia it is typically blended in “GSM” blends with Syrah and Mourvèdre. Grenache is also used to make rosé wines in France and Spain, notably those of the Tavel district in the Côtes du Rhône. And the high sugar levels of Grenache have led to extensive use in fortified wines, including the red vins doux naturels of Roussillon such as Banyuls, and as the basis of most Australian fortified wine.