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What is grenache blanc?

Grenache blanc is a full-bodied wine from Spain with a pale-gold color and discreet citrusy taste. The dominant green flavors on the fruity side include raw mango, green apple, white peach and Asian pear. Grenache wine offers an undertone of saline minerality and a rich mouthfeel with a lingering taste of dried green herbs such as fenugreek, fennel and honeysuckle. 

As a white wine, grenache is especially vulnerable to oxidation. A wine best served chilled, it may age for up to five years and is frequently blended with regional varieties such as vermentino or roussanne. In Rivesaltes Vin du Natural, grenache is one of the wine varieties added to sweet wines. Grenache grapes are widely cultivated in France and produce fine wines including the rich Guilhem Blanc. With ABV ranging between 13% and 15%, grenache is typically a higher-alcohol wine with a slightly acidic taste and an intensely spicy finish.

Grenache food pairings

The spiciness of the wine blends well with the heavily seasoned dishes of Moroccan or Asian cuisines. In addition to roasted pork shoulder, chicken fricassée and fish tacos, the wine pairs nicely with soft and nutty cheeses, herbs and vegetables like zucchini, cauliflower, eggplant and corn.

Grenache characteristics

Grenache grapes are particularly sensitive to topography and the environment. The light-skinned grape shows tough tolerance to drought, particularly in hot terrains. When cultivated in cooler climates, the grapes develop hard acidity and added minerality. They have a propensity to develop elevated alcohol content in the wine if left to mature unchecked, so winemakers take care to harvest the grapes at the proper time. When aged in oak, the wine acquires the aroma of baked apple and lemon curd. It has an oily texture and may carry the flavor of stone fruit.

Looking for a different white wine than your usual sauvignon blanc? Grab a bottle of Chenin Blanc or a grenache from Drizly. Check these links to see if we've arrived in your city or to find your nearest liquor store on Drizly.