Embrace Grenache

Embrace is a single-varietal of the red grape Grenache from a single vineyard.

Soft, full-bodied and easy-drinking, The nose and the palate are in sync delivering a full, easy flavor which lingers long after the wine leaves the mouth.

Embrace Grenache is a light-colored red wine with high concentrations of fruit, tannin, and acid all held together in a wonderful balance. Its flavors are most typically currant, cherry, and raisin, while its aromas are of black pepper and licorice.

Our Embrace Grenache shows spiced red fruit notes integrated with lightly textured tannins. The balance of spice and its currant and blueberry characters against hints of aromatic tea make for a pleasing, lightly structured Grenache while its velvety, voluptuous mouthfeel makes it soft, full-bodied and easy-drinking.

The ability for Grenache to express itself in its youth, as well as with bottle age is part of the charm. One taste and you will love this complex fruity wine with vibrant acids because it is approachable early with elegance and finesse then a long palate presence delivers a cascade of pleasure ending with a little spice twist.

Soft, full-bodied, easy-drinking and wonderfully food-friendly, the nose and the palate are in sync delivering a full, easy spice and herb flavors which linger long after the wine leaves the mouth.

Serving temperature: 65°F

Grenache is the most widely planted grape in the southern Rhône Valley. It is most often blended (with Syrah and Mourvèdre in France and Australia, and with Tempranillo in Rioja), but is probably best known from the wines of Châteauneuf-du-Pape, where it comprises 70% of the appellation’s acreage.

Grenache appears to have originated in Spain and by the early 18th century, it had expanded into Languedoc and Provence. Grenache was brought to California in the 1860s, where it became a popular planting choice.

From 1980 Grenache production declined, replaced by the more popular Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot. In a resurgence however Grenache has become the most planted of Rhone varieties in high-quality coastal locations, with nearly 1,000 acres of new vineyard planted since 1995.

Embrace is perfect for pairing with spicy, high fat or creamy foods such as spicy lamb meatballs in a tomato and cilantro sauce. Great paired with braises and stews, long slow cooked roasts of pork or lamb that may even be a little bit fatty (shoulder of lamb and lamb shanks, for example). It suits daubes and stews with dark, winey sauces and has a particular affinity with paprika and pimenton.

Embrace can be served with milder curries like a rogan josh but not Indian curries. Good paired with sausage or flank steak and mashed potatoes, shepherd's pie and steak and kidney pie while its absence of tough tannins makes it an accommodating match for simple cheeses.

September 20 is International Grenache Day, so pop a cork on on a Grenache based wine you have been saving for something special. Not that any wine lover needs a reason to open a bottle of Grenache. The wine is just too good drinking well young or at all points in its life.

Embrace ~ receive gladly or eagerly; to accept willingly .

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