It’s Grenache Day!

It’s International Grenache Day!  The day we celebrate the most widely planted grape in the world that is slowly but surely gaining the recognition (in the US) that it deserves.  Grenache is most often found in Rhône style blends as the component that shows ripe, red berry characteristics along with lovely spice and herbal notes.  It shows such a beautiful bouquet that it is now found more and more in single varietal bottlings and boy, does it shine when in the spotlight.

Out at our second vineyard, which lies two mountain ranges inland from the Santa Barbara coastline, Grenache has found its truest expression among the red clay soils, high elevation (and high density) plantings.  Because of this high density planting, the fruit we bring in from the Grenache vines is of a lower yield, but expresses the vines’ struggle and in turn, rich berry-apple characters, savory green olive elements, delicious spice and tempering herbaceousness.  Due to our unique mountainous climate at Santa Barbara Highlands Vineyard which is sun-drenched during the day, and cooled by the Cuyama Riverbed wind path by night, we have received praise from many wine writers including Jon Bonné of the SF Chronicle  that in this unique piece of land, Grenache displays its stunning side.

We have also been lucky enough to provide Grenache for iconic Rhône winemakers such as McPrice Myers, Herman Story, A Tribute to Grace and Sans Liege.  Our own personal bottlings include NADIA Grenache($25) and NADIA GSM Blend(Sale Price-$15) in which Winemaker Eric Hickey ferments the wine in 1 ton fermenters with 40% whole-cluster inclusion (for texture and mouthfeel).  So, if you haven’t had the chance to try Grenache or a Grenache-based blend, be adventurous and pick one up off the shelf next time, it’s the most widely planted grape in the world for a reason.  Here’s to you, Grenache!


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