EP 144 Grenache Wine Tasting

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Today Gary does a Grenache wine tasting and review. Watch and see how these four fare, plus a new QOD. Gary will be on the TV Atlanta and Company tommorow Dec 12 at 11:00 a.m. Click the link above to see the video after it’s posted.

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  • PJ

    So you come to my home town and I miss the TV show? Guess I’m going to have to start visiting more often. Good show. Don’t think I have tried Grenache’s before. I am a new to wine drinking world and am only now starting to buy wines breaking the $11 barrier. So you’ll understand why the Twenty Row Cab is baiting me. Hey, and this is my first post. So wow. I’m setting records everywhere. Right now for New Years, we have a bottle of Bordeaux a relative brought back from France. It’s 1986 vintage so if it isn’t vinegar, it should be good.

  • rino70

    Good stuff. I stumbled upon your blog through the Coturri site, good stuff bro. I alway get pissed off when I hear people popping Champagne corks at midnight, C’mon thats so cliche. I will be starting out w/some Schramsberg Blanc de Noir 2002(about 7 pm), followed by Benton Lane pinot noir,some Ridge and Coturri zins and maybe a late harvest vignioli di santo Stefano. Pair each wine w/tapas and roll in the new year w/ family and friends.

  • rino70

    Good stuff. I stumbled upon your blog through the Coturri site, good stuff bro. I alway get pissed off when I hear people popping Champagne corks at midnight, C’mon thats so cliche. I will be starting out w/some Schramsberg Blanc de Noir 2002(about 7 pm), followed by Benton Lane pinot noir,some Ridge and Coturri zins and maybe a late harvest vignioli di santo Stefano. Pair each wine w/tapas and roll in the new year w/ family and friends.

  • Dave

    Great show. Great cringing/clanking/spitting.
    QOTD – 96 Chateau LaTour Pomerol. It was a gift almost a year ago, and I’m dying to try it.
    As far as the bubbly goes, I’m going to have to re-view your VLOG!!!

  • http://Episode143-QOD Dave

    Great show. Great cringing/clanking/spitting.
    QOTD – 96 Chateau LaTour Pomerol. It was a gift almost a year ago, and I’m dying to try it.
    As far as the bubbly goes, I’m going to have to re-view your VLOG!!!

  • mr. francophile

    interesting tasting on the last two wines, parker is going a bit seniel imo.
    New Years some 96 grande dame, its almost as good as the 90

  • mr. francophile

    interesting tasting on the last two wines, parker is going a bit seniel imo.
    New Years some 96 grande dame, its almost as good as the 90

  • TimF

    According to a book I have circa 1984, Airen was the most planted grape worldwide and Grenache was second…

  • TimF

    According to a book I have circa 1984, Airen was the most planted grape worldwide and Grenache was second…

  • joe

    nice episode on grenache!! i am a big old world grenache fan, but i have found that this style needs the most time to open in a decanter (for younger wines) than any other varietal i have had.. i have opened some beautiful old world grenache to find them to be just ok, but later in the night just have blossomed in the glass!! new world grenache is not my thing tho…gets a little too baked, jammy, and reduced for me…

    some people have already mentioned, but as of my last check, grenache is the most planted red in the world….but airen (white) is the most planted overall.

  • joe

    nice episode on grenache!! i am a big old world grenache fan, but i have found that this style needs the most time to open in a decanter (for younger wines) than any other varietal i have had.. i have opened some beautiful old world grenache to find them to be just ok, but later in the night just have blossomed in the glass!! new world grenache is not my thing tho…gets a little too baked, jammy, and reduced for me…

    some people have already mentioned, but as of my last check, grenache is the most planted red in the world….but airen (white) is the most planted overall.

  • Mitch

    As much as I love grenache, I can’t say much for Australia’s efforts. Too ripe and one-dimensional. Clarendon Hills was highly hyped stateside for quite a few years, mostly due to huge scores from Mr. Parker, but now it seems most wine enthusiasts have come to the conclusion that the Clarendon Hills wines are overrated and over-priced. Burge Family makes a very good grenache which they call Garnacha, the Spanish name. Noon Eclipse is worth trying.
    There are some exciting grenaches coming out of California from the likes of Alban, Unti, Beckmen, SQN, Kenneth-Crawford, Kaena, Shadow Canyon, and more. Alban leads the way. It seems that with California’s warm climate, blending in some syrah is key for structure and complexity.
    New Years Eve I will be drinking De Meric Grande Reserve Sous Bois Brut, 2000 Launois Special Club, Launois “Cuvee Reserve” Brut Blanc de Blancs, Marguet Pere & Fils ‘Cuvee Reserve’ Brut and Tarlant Brut Reserve Champagne, and whatever else our friends may bring. I imagine New Years Day I will be drinking water and coffee.

  • Mitch

    As much as I love grenache, I can’t say much for Australia’s efforts. Too ripe and one-dimensional. Clarendon Hills was highly hyped stateside for quite a few years, mostly due to huge scores from Mr. Parker, but now it seems most wine enthusiasts have come to the conclusion that the Clarendon Hills wines are overrated and over-priced. Burge Family makes a very good grenache which they call Garnacha, the Spanish name. Noon Eclipse is worth trying.
    There are some exciting grenaches coming out of California from the likes of Alban, Unti, Beckmen, SQN, Kenneth-Crawford, Kaena, Shadow Canyon, and more. Alban leads the way. It seems that with California’s warm climate, blending in some syrah is key for structure and complexity.
    New Years Eve I will be drinking De Meric Grande Reserve Sous Bois Brut, 2000 Launois Special Club, Launois “Cuvee Reserve” Brut Blanc de Blancs, Marguet Pere & Fils ‘Cuvee Reserve’ Brut and Tarlant Brut Reserve Champagne, and whatever else our friends may bring. I imagine New Years Day I will be drinking water and coffee.

  • Miguelo DiMarco

    For New Years:

    Drusian Prosecco di Valdobbiadene

    Paringa Sparkling Shiraz

    Enthusiastic nights NEED palate-friendly!

  • Miguelo DiMarco

    For New Years:

    Drusian Prosecco di Valdobbiadene

    Paringa Sparkling Shiraz

    Enthusiastic nights NEED palate-friendly!

  • http://www.myspace.com/chateaumiller Brandon M

    New Years = 2004 Schild Estate Shiraz

  • http://www.myspace.com/chateaumiller Brandon M

    New Years = 2004 Schild Estate Shiraz

  • CampingLisa

    What am I drinking for New Year’s you ask…I am drinking a bottle of Veuve Clicquot. I brought a few bottles with me when I was in Reims this past summer. I actually had some on Christmas day too. I think I could enjoy it weekly…too bad my pocketbook can’t!

  • CampingLisa

    What am I drinking for New Year’s you ask…I am drinking a bottle of Veuve Clicquot. I brought a few bottles with me when I was in Reims this past summer. I actually had some on Christmas day too. I think I could enjoy it weekly…too bad my pocketbook can’t!

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  • surf.sf

    New Year’s? Well I drank a nice Kabinett Riesling for July 4th! Great episode. Love Grenache because its an easy drinking wine without the round flabby mouthfeel of a cheap Merlot. Favorites Grenaches are Unti and Tablas Creek!

  • surf.sf

    New Year’s? Well I drank a nice Kabinett Riesling for July 4th! Great episode. Love Grenache because its an easy drinking wine without the round flabby mouthfeel of a cheap Merlot. Favorites Grenaches are Unti and Tablas Creek!

  • Oakmon’s BF

    I just had my first Grenache as I rewatch this episode. Itâ??s a 2005 Las Rocas de San Alejandro Garnacha Calatayud from Spain which I picked up for $13. The cork was covered with a soft black plastic. I never saw that before. I wasnâ??t big on it. It reminded me of zin. Too much black pepper and too much alcohol.

  • Oakmon’s BF

    I just had my first Grenache as I rewatch this episode. Itâ??s a 2005 Las Rocas de San Alejandro Garnacha Calatayud from Spain which I picked up for $13. The cork was covered with a soft black plastic. I never saw that before. I wasnâ??t big on it. It reminded me of zin. Too much black pepper and too much alcohol.

  • John__J

    qotd probably a sparkling
    Gary think you might tackle a vin jaune episode in the near future?

  • John J.

    qotd probably a sparkling
    Gary think you might tackle a vin jaune episode in the near future?

  • hinrgman

    great episode!!!!!!!!!!

  • corkscrew

    Like Grenache, really like GMS's. No bubbles, Altamura Cab. http://www.winelx.com

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