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Grenache

The Grenache grape variety is a sweet grape and is one of the most widely planted in the world.  The Grenache produces wines that, in their youth, are fruity, full in flavor, and have overtones of spice. Wines made from the Grenache are usually light in color and are often made of blends with other grape varieties.  The Grenache grape resists heat and tolerates limited rainfall. 

In France, Grenache is used in making red and rose (Tavel and Lirac) wines in the Rhone river valley where it is widely planted.  Grenache is widely planted in Spain where it is known as Garnacha Tinta.  In the United States it is grown in California where it is almost exclusively a blending grape for rose wines. Grenache is not known for producing wines that age well over a long period of time. They are usually best consumed when they are young.