I want to introduce you all to one of my favorite vinos: The wines of Garnacha/Grenache.
You know this grape already, I darn near promise. It’s one of the most widely-planted wine grapes in the world. But I want to help you find the tippy-top-top bottles for your fall festivities. And that’s why I’m going to teach you about P.D.O’s.
P.D.O stands for “Protected Designation of Origin” and is a concept cultivated (ha! wine pun!) by the European Union. You know the concept from the French idea of appellations (Champagne, Bordeaux, etc.) and the old-school Italian concept of Denominazione di Origine Controllata e Garantita, or DOCG (Chianti, Alto Adige, etc.).
PDO’s are specially controlled and government-regulated places where wine grapes are grown to exacting European quality standards and processes.
But that doesn’t mean that PDO wine is expensive. In fact, when it comes to Grenache or Garnacha (same grape, different languages), most bottles are downright affordable.
Now, here’s a little FAQ…
Will I actually like Grenache wine?
Well, you’ve probably already had it, so yes. Garnacha/Grenache is one of those nifty grape families that can be made into red wine, white wine, rosé and even fortified wines. Generally speaking, it’s fruity but not too tannic and is quite tasty with poultry and roasted foods. You know, like Thanksgiving.
How much does it cost?
Most bottles of Spanish garnacha available in the US cost about $10-20. And since they’re made with European quality standards it’s an extremely well-spent $10.
Are the wines of Garnacha/Grenache “green” ?
Garnacha/Grenache is arguably the most eco-friendly grape in the world. It’s drought resistant, adaptable, self-sufficient and self-sustaining, and the vines don’t depend on rainwater as most other grapes do. Plus, more and more wineries in Europe are creating organic/biodynamic wines, favoring the environment by limiting the use and the diffusion of chemicals.
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