Pairing with Grenache

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This is certainly one of those fun party wines that I was alluding to in the intro, and I’ve yet to have a guest turn up their nose at it. This Côtes du Rhone is 100% Grenache, and it sings with soft, juicy ripe fruit.

A classic pairing for Grenache is lamb, they are simply made for each other. With the wine I chose below, I knew that I needed to go with a braise to counteract the ripe fruits, and so I chose Lamb Shanks Braised in Red Wine. You can’t go wrong with this pairing.

2010 Michel Gassier Côtes du Rhone Villages Visan Cercius - The nose showed ripe mixed berries, sweet spicy cookie and chalky minerals. On the palate, it was soft like velvet yet juicy. It balanced its 14.5% alcohol very well, as blackberry jam and violet candies massaged the senses. The finish was long and enjoyable with ripe berries and herbs. 

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  • Snooth User: my bottle
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    All great suggestions. Garnacha is my go-to cook out wine. I also like an unoaked Garnacha poured over a bowl of berry sorbet.

    May 11, 2012 at 3:19 PM

  • Lamb shanks, lamb cutlets, best end of lamb, saddle of lamb, go great with grenache.
    For fattier cuts, cabernet sauvignon can work well
    For spicier recipes, shiraz (still talking about lamb here)
    I like the cassoulet suggestion but most bean and veg stews with a bit of garlic, onion and bones/cheap cuts/chorizos or ethnic sausages will go well with cotes du rhone wines, and they also go well with tempranillo, as does lamb.

    May 15, 2012 at 9:38 AM

  • Snooth User: Eric Guido
    Hand of Snooth Voice of Snooth
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    Thanks for the tips Williamsimpson. I try very hard to diversify my suggestions so that people can get the most out of these articles and expand their food-way of thinking.

    May 23, 2012 at 9:46 AM

  • Snooth User: higdog
    929914 84

    I just served a seafood paella with chorizo with a La Cartuja Priorat and it paired very well. Mild tannins worked well with the shrimp/scallops/clams, saffron and chorizo. Nice wine. Wish Priorats were not so hard to find!

    Dec 23, 2012 at 11:14 PM

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