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Also known as Garnacha in Spain and Cannonau in Sardinia, Grenache is well-suited to a variety of warm climates throughout the world -- from southern France to Australia and California. Grenache thrives in such conditions and is late-ripening, usually ripening a couple of weeks after Cabernet Sauvignon.
The grape is thought to have originated in Sardinia and was brought to Spain by subjects of the Crown of Aragon who controlled Sardinia. From Spain it then crossed the Pyrenees to southern France. Vigorous and versatile, Grenache can be used to make rosés, jug wines, fortified sweet wines, and complex dry reds depending on how and where it is grown.
Grenache is hardy, woody and wind-resistant, often growing as a bush vine. In the Priorat region of Spain and France’s Chaeauneuf-du-Pape, the poor soils and low yields produce concentrated, complex wines worthy of aging. These better examples may have notes of black currants, black cherries, black olives, coffee, gingerbread, honey, leather, black pepper, tar, roasted nuts and figs. The dry rosés of Lirac and Tavel with flavors of strawberries and cream are among the best in the world. Grenache can also be used to make port-like sweet dessert wines, especially in Australia.
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A former Metropolitan Opera Regional winner, Bruce holds a Master of Music Degree from the Eastman School of Music and has been an active professional singer and voice teacher in the Buffalo area for 35 years, including 31 as tenor soloist and 22 as adjunct professor of theatre at Niagara University. He has worked an equal number of years in the wine and liquor industry, the last ten of which as a member of the wine staff at Premium Wines, where he is currently Assistant Wine Manager. The compatibility of music and wine, he believes, is the profound human expression of sound and structure, nature and the winemaker’s art, respectively. Partial to wines of the Loire and Germany, Sherry and White Burgundy, he likes all wines that resonate with the character of their place of origin. He sings lead in the store’s “Bottleshop Quartet.”