Grenache: The 'Wild, Wild Woman of Wine'
Grenache Noir —known as Garnacha Tinta in Spain — is the “wild, wild woman of wine,” according to grape guru Oz Clarke. It has been one of the least-respected grapes historically due to its pervasive use in fruity bulk wines. But those who love Grenache know it is a chameleon. It can be a big, bold, spicy wine high in alcohol; a light, refreshing, dry rosé wine full of strawberry, raspberry, mineral and white pepper aromas; or a luscious glass fortified into an intense, Port-like dessert wine. In Spain, it is a mainstay, accompanying everything from tapas to cheeses.
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