Wines that rock: Grenache - Hell bent for leather!

This is the ultimate wine guide to one of the greatest grapes in the world, and if you are not familiar with it already you need to do some serious searching. Not to worry, our wine guides under the moniker of Wines That Rock are here to help you find amazing Grenache and Garnacha (by the way same thing) wines.

Grenache, or Garnacha as it is called in Spain, is full of life and character. It can be bold, and yet soft. Imagine Ernest Hemingway if you will. Not the drunk, womanizing Ernest Hemingway, but rather the man he thought he was in stories like For Whom The Bell Tolls, or A Farewell To Arms, and sure go ahead and throw in some lost generation easy living from The Sun Also Rises. Powerful, yet caring and loving, intriguing, yet devilish and idealist. 

Grenache does best in hot climates, so you will see a lot of it coming from Spain and Southern France. In fact Châteauneuf-du-Pape is almost all Grenache, with the region specifying that Grenache must make up at least 80% of the red blend in order to be considered. Châteauneuf-du-Pape is rich, fine wine that is often jammy, earthy, and tastes that may remind you of leather or tar. Châteauneuf-du-Pape is fine French wine at its best, not for the faint hearted but oh so damn rewarding once you have tried a few.

Speaking of leather, it is a flavor you get in a lot of Grenache wines from around the world. From Spain to South Africa, that leather flavor is probably what makes Grenache so sexy. Leather just feels good, as a jacket, in your hands, or in your mouth. Grenache will make you hell bent for leather. Yes we went there, Grenache is Rob Halford, screaming at the top of his lungs. You've never seen anything like it before, and you cannot take your eyes off it. 

Where to find Grenache/Garnacha

If you know your wine regions, and you should get a good idea of regions to be a wino, then look for regions that have hot or long lasting summers. Spain, the South of France, Australia to name a few, but also parts of California and South Africa's Swartland. 

If you are not too familiar with regions, Spanish Garnacha is the best place to start learning, and if you feel like spoiling yourself then Châteauneuf-du-Pape is always a treat. These two wines are also pretty popular in stores around the world and not hard to find. GSM (Grenache, Syrah, Mourvedre) blends are something else to look for, and ask for. 

When to drink Grenache

Châteauneuf-du-Pape is the ultimate fine dining wine, Frasier orders it whenever he is at a French Restaurant. Any Grenache will go well with Spanish fare, spicy foods, and roasted meats.

Grenache can also set a pretty sexy mood, so if you are having some romantic time at home with someone who really strikes your fancy, break out a bottle of Grenache and let the sparks fly. Its going to make you feel sexy, so a perfect wine to "Netflix and chill" with. Its got a pretty high alcohol content so be careful, or you will heighten the desire and ruin the performance.

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