Grenache is one of the most widely planted grapes in the world. Thought to originate in Spain, it has made its way around first the Mediterranean and then the new world because of its need for dry, hot climates. Grenache is found in Spain where it is often blended with Tempranillo. In France it is found throughout the south and is it blended with Carignan, Cinsault, Mourvèdre and Syrah. It can also be found in Australia and California.
The grapes are used to produce both reds and rosés and is used to produce some of the world's most famous wines in the world, such as Chateauneuf-du-Pape, the rosés of Tavel in France, Rioja in Spain, the GSM blends of Australia.
The flavors of Grenache are full of red fruits such as strawberry and raspberry with spicy notes. The color of the wine run from coral to deep red to brick. The wines can be high in alcohol which makes them a good choice for fortified wines like those of Banyuls.
A versatile grape like Grenache can produce a delicate wine that is perfect on a hot summer day hanging out by the pool. But if you are interested in matching it with food, Grenache would be perfect with tapenade, spicy chorizo and clams, bouillabaisse, Indian korma, north African tagines and even cheese and chocolate.