week's pick: Passport Series Grenache
Dry Alcohol: 13.5% Body: Medium Full
of origin: Rhone Valley, France
Wine : This French varietal has a distinctive
combination of fruit and spice in the aroma, making
for a lively wine. This medium-bodied red boasts flavours
of red fruit with hints of anise and tobacco. Fine
tannins leave the palate balanced on the finish.
Region : The Rhone Valley begins in the Alps and
continues for more than 500 miles along the Rhone
River ending at the Mediterranean Sea. Southern Rhone
has a Mediterranean climate with warm summers, mild
winters and less rainfall than its northern counterpart.
Vineyards line both sides of the river and the Mistral
wind from the north blows away moisture, brings beautiful
sunshine, and cools the landscape in the summers,
which is perfect for ripening grapes.
Food : Grenache is a brilliant wine to match
with many types of cuisine. Try with grilled, stewed
and braised game meats as well as hearty stews. A
roasted lamb shoulder with rosemary would be a wonderful
Passport Series wines are available exclusively at
the Orléans Town Centre Wine Kitz location
on St. Joseph Blvd. near the corner of Prestone Drive.
You can reserve your kit now by calling 613-841-8197
or e-mailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Mention that you read about this wine in Grape Pickings
and receive a $10 discount.
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