What is Grenache blanc?
- White wine related to the red grape based Grenache Noir
- Excellent blending wine, often with Marsanne and Rousonne in Southern France
- Sometimes blended with red wines
- One of the White Chateauneuf-Du-Pape grapes
- Called Grenacha Blanca in Spain where it is grown in the North-East
Where is Grenache blanc from?
- From Northern Spain however, thrives in the Southern Rhone in France
- Common in the Languedoc / Roussillon region in France
- Also grown in California and South Africa
What does Grenache Blanc taste like?
- High in alcohol
- Crisp, dry acidity
- Full-bodied wine
- Aromas of green apple, mandarin, orange, peach, lime zest
- Palate of salty minerals, pear, almond, green herbs
- Very clean wine
- Often light licorice notes in the finish
- Excellent very cold unlike many white wines which tend to be better a little warmer after 10 minutes out of the fridge
- Similar to Sauvignon Blanc
What food pairs well with Grenache Blanc?
- Excellent aperitif as a parent cleaner, as well as a general summer wine
- Light wine which goes well with salads, soft cheeses like Brie and Camembert
- Any dishes with fennel or apple pair very well with Grenache Blanc
- Milder spice dishes such as satay, Moroccan foods
- Rich seafoods such as Lobster
- Fatty meats like braised short-rib, pork shoulder, brisket