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Grenache

Also indexed as:Garnacha
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Although widely planted throughout southern France and Spain, Grenache is not a well-known name among consumers as it most often appears in blends. On its own, it typically produces medium-bodied fleshy, fruity wines with less tannin and color than most Mediterranean varietals, making it a perfect foil for darker, more structured varietals such as Syrah and Tempranillo.

Flavor Descriptors

Typically medium-bodied with cherry, raspberry, and strawberry fruit flavors as well as a range of spice notes including savory herbs, black pepper, anis, and aromatic cedar. Its texture is usually soft and supple with a warm, mouth-filling fleshiness.

Food Pairings

France and Spain

Mediterranean-influenced dishes such as Ratatouille, Provencal pizza, or grilled lamb with rosemary. Dishes with roasted tomatoes, garlic, and savory herbs as well as many Middle Eastern dishes.

New World (USA, Australia)

Mildly spiced chicken and pork dishes, pasta salads, and salmon.

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The information presented here is for informational purposes only and was created by a team of US–registered dietitians and food experts. Consult your doctor, practitioner, and/or pharmacist for any health problem and before using any supplements, making dietary changes, or before making any changes in prescribed medications. Information expires June 2015.