The aroma of cherry blossoms, sweetness of bursting strawberries, and hints of fresh garden earth remind me of springtime. At this crazy time with COVID-19 pandemic hitting its stride spring in the vineyard is the perfect place to remind us that ebb and flow of nature continues. Spring awakens all our senses with its smells, tastes, and usually outdoor activities. Springtime in the vineyard is truly miraculous as the vines begin to come alive from winter dormancy.
Nothing says spring more than a wonderful medium bodied red wine like Grenache. Grenache (greh-NAHSH) is a drought and heat resistant grape varietal ideal for Arizona’s wine regions. Grenache is grown worldwide and is especially prevalent in France, Spain, Australia, California, and Washington. The grape is often blended in such wines as Chateauneuf-du-Pape from France. Characteristics often used to describe Grenache include fruity and spicy with soft tannins. In the north and south regions of Spain, the grape varietal is called Garnacha.
Spring 2020 vine bud break
At LDV Winery we believe the Grenache grape is special. We planted it because of our love for Pinot Noir (which we didn’t think would thrive in our location). What we didn’t know was how much the grape takes on the soil characteristics of the vineyard.You can pick up hints in the Grenache aromasthat smell just like our vineyard after a summer rain. It is amazing!
Food pairing with Grenache is also just about a no-brainer. It goes with almost everything! The same foods that pairwell with Pinot Noir are complimented beautifully with Grenache.If you are looking for a perfect match, there are a few items that it marries with especially well. The vibrant red fruits, low tannins, and earthiness of the wine pair great with mushrooms, grilled salmon, seared Ahi tuna, roasted poultry, or grilled pork chops. Try making a sauce with some dried cherries, strawberries, or cranberries to serve with your meat and fish. This will really bring out the same flavors in the Grenache.
Grilled rack of lamb with herbs de Provence will be on our springtime table paired with LDV Winery 2015 Grenache. Perfect for a “Shelter in Place” dinner. Contact LDV at 480-664-4822 for our Grilled Herbed Rack of Lamb recipe and purchase some Grenache for a perfect spring celebration. Because of its food friendly characteristics, you should always have some Grenache on hand to brighten up a weekday meal or serve to special guests.