Pairing with Grenache

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In Priorat, Spain, Grenache can reach amazing heights of concentration, structure and acidity due to a mixture of old vines planted on steep terraces with extremely low yields. These are wines that require something rich or equally intense to match the power that most achieve. 

I find that great pairings for Priorat come off the grill, and when you combine that with the slight spice and sweet meat of sausage, it’s a match made in heaven. Grilled Sausage & Onion Panini is a perfect barbecue companion to a bottle Priorat.

2008 Buil & Giné Priorat Giné Giné - The nose showed intense blackberry and cherry with mocha, spice and melted black licorice. On the palate, it was medium-bodied, showing brisk, mouthwatering acidity and notes of spicy, sour red berries. The finish showed this wine's structure with a hint of drying tannin hanging on the palate. 

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  • Snooth User: my bottle
    323479 37

    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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