Welcome to Vine to Wine this is your host Linda Moran. Recently I have been reintroduced to Grenache and I just feel obligated to share. And since Friday is when I tell you about my new favorite wine here we go.
Grenache is a grape widely grown throughout the world. It grows best in very dry areas and is usually quite severely pruned; otherwise, the foliage canopy will cover the grapes far too densely. Grenache is usually blended with other grapes such as Mouvedre or Syrah because they are higher in color and tannin. Although Grenache has many homes predominantly in France, Spain and Australia, and is made in many styles from pale dry rose' wines to serious red wines such as Chatueauneuf-du-Pape or Gigondas, it seems to be showing off in Washington. About two weeks ago I was at Olsen Estates tasting some wines available for sale as futures. Where you buy the wine now and pick it up when the winemaker says it is ready. Well, winemaker Kyle Johnson and vineyard manager Leif Olsen have hit a home run. There were only 50 cases made and the fruit is abundant the tannins are very fine grained and this is a serious wine. It is for sale at an astonishingly low price of thirty eight dollars. I recommend if you're interested in explore Grenache at all you call the winery and try to get in on this one. Kyle says he thinks he will release it in time for Thanksgiving. And thanks for joining me on today's Vine to Wine.