These Unique Grapes Made Our List For Best Grenache Wine Under $30 To Sip
Grenache, or Garnacha is not as popular as other red wines, however it is one of the most widely planted red wine grape varieties in the world. If looking for a new red to sip, we have selected the best Grenache wines to swirl this season. Grown extensively in France, Spain, Australia and the United States, Grenache is known for its aromas of strawberry, black cherry, raspberry and cinnamon with sometimes notes of tobacco, anise and citrus rind. This grape tends to be medium-bodied and pairs well with spicy foods, grilled meats, stews, vegetables and charcuterie. Therefore, an extraordinary wine for any occasion. What makes it unique from any other red wine is how it is picked. Often ripening weeks after Cabernet Sauvignon, Grenache is often one of the last grapes to be harvested and needs hot, dry conditions such as those found in Spain, Sardinia, the south of France and Monterey, CA. As a result, the long ripening process allows the sugars in the grape to reach high levels making Grenache-based wines higher in alcohol. So on your next wine shop visit, or gathering, surprise guests with a bottle of Grenache on the dinner table. To assist, we rounded up the best Grenache wine under $30 to serve this season.
Bodegas Borsao Tres Picos 2019 ($20)
Tres Picos was the first 100% Garnacha wine born on Spanish soil. Originating in the Pyrenees, the strong northwest winds necessitate Campo de Borja’s signature low-trained vines and help create a cooling effect, allowing the signature aromas of wild fruit to come through. This well-structured and rich wine opens with aromas of ripe red fruit with floral nuances. Tres Picos evokes flavors of blackberry, plum, and hints of leather and vanilla, with soft, silky tannins.
Yalumba Samuel’s Collection Bush Vine Grenache 2020 ($21)
Named after Yalumba founder, Samuel Smith, and Bush Vine Grenache illustrates a unique style incorporating a number of special, old bush Grenache vineyards that captures the richness and concentration of Barossa Valley fruit. The palate is richly textured, fleshy, round and supple, with a red juiciness that merges into velvety tannins. Notes include plum red fruits, dark cherries and perfumed berries.