grenache

¿No quieres camareros con autismo? ¡No vengas a mi restaurante!

El restaurante Grenache, situado en Worsley, cerca de Manchester, cuenta con un camarero que tiene autismo y, por lo visto, a unos comensales les incomodó mucho su condición pero el dueño del local, no estaba dispuesto a acatar sus absurdas exigencias.

Mike Jennings es el dueño del local y contrató a Andy que, además de tener autismo, mantiene a su madre que sufre de alzheimer.  Según Mike ha relatado: “Una mesa de clientes parecía que tenía un problema con él, les comenté que tenía autismo y ellos dijeron que querían otro camarero y que no entendían como le había dado un trabajo a un enfermo así”.

Jennings no se lo podía creer, ¡y es que no es para menos! El servicio de Andy había sido impecable y, tras el incidente, él perdió mucha confianza en sí mismo y Mike tuvo que llevárselo a un rincón del restaurante para explicarle que él estaba orgulloso de tenerle como camarero.

Además de eso, Mike se quedó tan en shock y ofendido al mismo tiempo que decidió escribir un texto en el FB oficial del restaurante para dejar bien claro que: “buscamos personal con entusiasmo y pasión, después les enseñamos lo demás. No discriminamos ni por el color de la piel, ni por su modo de vestir, ni por sus tatuajes, ni por su talla, ni por su religión ni por sus enfermedades.”

El post acababa con un rotundo: “Si tu discriminas, ¡no reserves mesa en nuestro local! ¡No te mereces nuestro tiempo, esfuerzo y respeto!”

Respecto al incidente, Andy sólo comentó que: “Los clientes dijeron que no sabían que yo era autista pero no tengo que llevar una camiseta que lo ponga, ¿no? Me merezco ser tratado justamente, exactamente igual que el resto del equipo del restaurante.”

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

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Grenache

13.5% abv

IGP Vaucluse, FRANCE

2005 Clarendon Hills “Romas” Grenache

Listen up! This is some truly excellent Grenache from South Australia! A mix of fresh and macerated dark cherries, wet earth, clove, brown sugar, and molasses on the nose. Sweet and dark cherries, blackberries, cloves, earth, and cinnamon on the palate. Great acidity to balance the ripeness of the fruit. DELICIOUS! This is drinking fabulously now but could be cellared for later!

5/5 bones

$$$

Grenache

14.5% abv

McLaren Vale, AUSTRALIA

2015 Bodegas Borsao Rosé

Don’t you even think about taking my rosé! Red peaches, nectarines, ripe strawberries, and a hint of cherries on the nose. Cherries more dominant on the palate with peaches and nectarines coming in more mid-palate and on the finish. Simple but nice for summer - a bit more red fruit than other rosés I love, but still solid stuff!

3/5 bones

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Garnacha (Grenache)

14% abv

Campo de Borja (Aragon), SPAIN

2012 Herman Story “On The Road” Grenache

So this is some serious “rubber meets the road” Grenache out of Paso Robles, folks! Buckle in for a ride and make sure you decant because this bad boy needs some time to open before drinking. Black cherries, blueberries, prunes, even kalamata olive juice, strawberry preserves and sweet cigar on the nose. Inky on the palate but with fresher fruit - cherries and strawberry preserves - and Mexican chocolate, pepper, licorice, and a cinnamon finish. Definitely warming from the alcohol. 

4/5 bones

$$$

Grenache

15.6% abv

Santa Barbara County, California, USA

2013 Ben Glaetzer Wallace Shiraz-Grenache

FREEEEDOM!!! This wine is named after the maiden name of the winemaker’s wife but it’s a pretty big, bold, bada$$ wine for $20 so I’m going to associate it with Braveheart as well, given the Scottish thistles on the label. Rich, sweet blackberries, black cherries, dried cherries, dark chocolate, green olives, cinnamon, and leather on the nose. Both savory and fruity on the palate - plums, blackberries, and cherries with olives, pastrami rind, clove, sweetspice. Almost like the fruit that’s left and slightly dried on the top of a jar of mixed berry preserves. The alcohol feels like sweetness on the palate. Pretty fierce stuff!

5/5 bones

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Shiraz, Grenache

15% abv

Barossa Valley, AUSTRALIA

2013 Qupé “A Modern Red”

Keepin’ it real with this Central Coast GSM (Grenache-Syrah-Mourvèdre) and this is a intense one! Blackberries, boysenberries, black raspberries, peppercorn, violets, and irises on the nose. Spicy and a bit redder on the palate with some peppercorn, blackberries, black raspberries, and leather. Lingering acidity. Get me some chorizo, stat!

4/5 bones

$$

Grenache, Syrah, Mourvèdre

Central Coast, California, USA

2013 Celler Mas Doix Les Crestes Priorat

I’ve got it made with this bold Priorat. Black and red cherries, plums, and red licorice on the nose. Sweet fruit on the palate - cherries, brown sugar, black pepper, and some stewed strawberries. Pretty tart acidity to keep the alcohol in balance. Pairs well with a bit of spicy food, surprisingly!

4/5 bones

$$

Garnacha (Grenache), Carignan, Syrah

14.5% abv

Priorat, SPAIN

2014 Creation Syrah/Grenache

Life can’t get any better than basking in the sun and enjoying some South African wine! Black and red cherries, hint of vanilla, touch of earth/mulch, and molasses on the nose. Riper on the palate with cherries, blackberries, plums, black pepper, and a touch of earth. 

3/5 bones

$

Grenache, Syrah

14.5% abv

Walker Bay, SOUTH AFRICA

2013 Bodegas Julia Roch e Hijos El Molar

Trying to show off my molars… hehe. This is 100% Garnacha out of Jumilla, Spain and it’s yummy. Loads of red fruit - cherries and red berries, dark spices, and dried red flowers. Peppery and spicy red fruit on the palate with wood, flower, and some bright medicinal herbs mid-palate on the finish. Bright, bright acidity on the finish as well. Pretty lively for 15% alcohol. Doesn’t even feel full-bodied. Surprisingly not overripe. Salud!

4/5 bones

$

Garnacha (Grenache)

15% abv

Jumilla, SPAIN

2012 Domaine Grande Bellane Côtes du Rhône Villages Valréas

Loving this organic baby Côtes du Rhône - especially at this price! Blackberry preserves, macerated red fruit, and a touch of twig on the nose. Bursting with plums and berry preserves, cinnamon, pepper, and bramble on the palate with zingy acidity. 

4/5 bones

$

Syrah, Grenache

13.5% abv

Côtes du Rhône Villages Valréas, FRANCE

2013 Domaine de Piaugier Côtes du Rhône Villages Sablet

The first buds of spring! You know what else is always blooming all year long? My love for wine. Blackberries, dark fruit leather, peppery spiced fruit on the nose. Redder fruit - cherries - on the palate with spices, leather, a whiff of tobacco, and pepper. Rawr. 

3/5 bones

$$

Grenache, Syrah

14.5% abv

Côtes du Rhône, FRANCE

2016 Fairview Goats do Roam Rosé

Goats do roam in my opinion. Small tart red berries, cranberries, and wet stone on the nose. Loads of cranberries and other small red fruit on the palate. Not much else going on, but pleasant to drink. 

3/5 bones

$

Syrah, Grenach, Gamay, Mourvèdre

12.5% abv

Western Cape, SOUTH AFRICA

2013 Domaine LaFage Centenaire Côtes du Roussillon

Enjoying some lovely white on a sunny day. Lemon, pear, chalk, and tuffeau notes on the nose. Nice minerality on the palate with lovely pear notes, florals, and a hint of waxiness. Cheers! 

4/5 bones

$

Grenache Blanc, Roussanne

13.5% abv

Côtes du Roussillon, FRANCE

2014 Espelt Coralí Rosat

What a lovely copper rosé color on this wine! Rose petals, cherries, strawberries, and watermelon on the nose and palate. A bit more tart on the palate with some mouthwatering acidity and refreshing watermelon. A touch of stone minerality keeps it together as well. This would be very refreshing to sip outside with some crudités and some cold Spanish tapas! Olé!

4/5 bones

$

Garnacha (Grenache)

13.5% abv

Emporda (Catalunya), SPAIN