grenache

2012 Château de Trinquevedel Tavel Rosé

This ain’t no poolside rosé, folks! This one’s got some chops. It fights above its weight class. Cranberry, lingonberries, blossoms, doughnut peach, lychee, and dark rock all on the nose. Peppered wild strawberries, cranberries, lychees, and nectarines on the palate. 

4/5 bones

$$

Grenache, Cinsault

13.5% abv

Tavel, FRANCE

2012 Domaine André Brunel Grenache

Keeping it simple with a straightforward vin de pays on a lazy Sunday. Strawberry, red cherry, fruit leather, cremini mushrooms, touch of meat, and some blackberry on the nose. Tart but juicy on the palate with red cherries and some cracked pepper. Tannins are rather present. This wine simply begs for food and feels a bit warm from the alcohol.

3/5 bones

$

Grenache

13.5% abv

IGP Vaucluse, FRANCE

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ALPHA BOX & DICE - TAROT // grenache 2008

*this has been a staple around the house. not only does the label rule, the wine is totally satisfying as well. also, it’s about $10 a bottle. wins all-around.

Duo de marcs

                     

      Après le marc de grenache-carignan issu des vignes du Loup Blanc, le marc du clos Gravillas a été mis en bouteille. C'est un assemblage de trois cépages blancs: viognier, muscat, macabeu, rapidement vinifiés afin d'éviter tout caractère végétal et astringent. Il est encore jeune, mais retient l'attention du dégustateur par son bouquet de bleuet et de muguet.

      Le premier s'accordera à un café serré, et nous conseillons le second en accompagnement d'un dessert aux amandes ou d'un royaume.

2008 Tir Na N'Og Old Vines Grenache

Feeling mighty Irish for this Tir Na N'Og (Land of the Youth) wine! Red cherries and red raspberries on the nose along with hints of bramble and pepper. Wow, EXCELLENT on the palate! Peppered cherries and strawberries with nice acidity. Happy St. Patty’s Day! 

5/5 bones

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Grenache

14.5% abv

McLaren Vale, AUSTRALIA

Sangria: Ultimate Summer Party Drink, or Anarchy in a Pitcher?

Elana Effrat, Spirits Specialist, Lot18

Sangria is fruity, delicious, alcoholic anarchy. There are no rules outside of it having a wine base along with fruit and some sort of spirits. Over the years, I’ve experimented with combinations of flavors that sometimes have wound up in the sink drain, but that’s the fun of it. Lesson number one: taste as you go.

Paying homage to its Mediterranean roots, I like to start with a more fruit-forward Spanish red wine like Rioja or a Spanish Grenache like today’s Torres Malena offer.

For each bottle of wine, I tend to use around a quarter cup of brandy. Sometimes I’ll go for a standard unflavored one, but I like to experiment and have tried everything from peach brandy to orange liqueur. So far, my personal favorite is Laird’s Applejack, an American apple brandy. And if you’re feeling more adventurous, try adding spiced rum, or an American or Irish whiskey.

It wouldn’t be sangria without fruit, and I like to tell myself that the more that goes in the healthier it is. Citrus fruits such as oranges and lemons work beautifully with the wine – make sure to squeeze some of the juice in too before slicing them up. I’d also suggest using frozen fruit like cherries, peaches, pineapples and grapes. It will keep your punch cooler longer and the fruit won’t get mushy.  

If you enjoy a sweeter style of Sangria, I highly recommend using simple syrup instead of straight sugar, as the latter will just sink to the bottom of the pitcher. Simple syrup is easy to make: just mix equal parts sugar and hot water. Add in small quantities and taste as you go.

Throw the mixture into the refrigerator a few hours so the flavors have time to mingle together. When it’s time to serve, add lots of ice and a little sparkling water to give it some fizz. Sangria is best enjoyed cold on a warm day with great friends.

Here is my basic guideline for building your ultimate pitcher of Sangria:

–1 bottle of fruit-forward red wine
–1 lemon, cut into wedges
–1 orange, cut into wedges
–2 oz. brandy
–2 cups club soda or ginger ale

Mix together with ice in a pitcher and serve. 

2009 Samsara Larner Vineyard Grenache

CHECK IT: THIS WINE IS MIND BLOWING

AND A REALLY COOL LABEL RIGHT?

SAMSARA: MEANS THE CIRCLE OF LIFE

THIS WINE: IS THE PASSION PROJECT OF THE WINEMAKER FOR MELVILLE VINEYARDS

SAMSARA GRAPES ARE SPECIAL

MICROPRODUCTION

FROM MICROSCOPIC TERROIR DRIVEN VINEYARDS

ONLY: LIKE 90SOME CASES  WERE MADE

WE HAVE SOME

AND IT IS KILLER!

NOSE:

LEATHER

LICORICE

BLACK FIGS

MOUTH:

DEEP CHEWY MOUTH FEEL

NEAR PERFECT BALANCE

BLACK FRUIT

DRIED FLOWERS

WE LOVE IT SO MUCH WE ENDOW IT WITH OUR OFFICIAL “DM” WINE RATING, RESERVED ONLY FOR THE VERY BEST!

THAT’S RIGHT. 100%. DEPECHE. MODE.

$36 BUCKS HERE

DRINK IT WITH:

BRAISED OXTAILS. CRUSTY BREAD.

ROASTED LEG OF LAMB. BRUSSELS SPROUTS. BACON.

MELTED GRUYERE. CHORIZO. TOAST.