by Beth Heiserman
Grenache is one of the most widely planted red wine varietals in the world. It grows well in hot, dry and windy climates like Agua Dulce and ripens much later than most varietals. There are different types of Grenache: Noir, Blanc, Gris and Rose. It is mainly grown in France, Australia, Sardinia/Italy and the Central Valley of California. Most likely, the grape originated from Spain during the period when the Aragon Crown ruled, according to ampelographical evidence, the field of study that identifies and classifies grapevines.
The 2015 Grenache, sourced from Alonso Family Vineyards in Agua Dulce, is a limited edition, member-only wine. It has aromas of strawberries, ruby-red grapefruits and raspberries. Your palate will experience raspberry, honey, white pepper and a bit of anise. It can be a spicier, fruity wine with higher alcohol content than most red wines. This jammy wine can be enjoyed with chicken dishes, cheese or chocolate-covered strawberries.
International Grenache Day is Friday, September 15, 2017. To celebrate, Reyes Winery will feature the Reyes 2015 Grenache and Alonso Family Vineyards 2011 Juan’s Red (Grenache blend) on Ladies Night that evening from 5-8 p.m.