Grenache and garnacha are the French and Spanish names, respectively, for the same grape, which is the most widely planted red wine grape in the world and is found in the classics from Châteauneuf-du-Pape and Côtes-du-Rhône within France's southern Rhône region. As well, it is the mainstay in Spain's Catalonia and is blended with tempranillo grapes in Rioja.
Our family's house wine (every house should have a wine!), a little Spanish number called Castillo de Monséran ($10.99 in B.C. gov't liquor stores/$8.75 in Ontario gov't liquor stores), is made up of garnacha. It's juicy with ripe red raspberries and cherries and spiced with just a dash of pepper and leather. It has a moderate alcohol level (12.5% ABV), has hardly any tannins, and is consistently easy drinking and food friendly.
Marinate pork tenderloin in soy, ginger, garlic, brown sugar, and a bit of oil for a couple of hours and then grill it on your barbeque--so nummy with this wine!
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