There is no better adult beverage to pair with fall than wine. I’ll fight you about it. I discovered some new grapes — Garnacha and Grenache — and I loved them so much, I’m about to write a love letter post to them.
Sponsored Post: This post is sponsored by Wines of Garnacha/Grenache, but the opinions expressed here are all my own. Trust me. I value my wine too much to not be truthful.
The weather is finally getting chillier in Northwest Arkansas, and I for one, could not possibly be more excited about it. Throw on the sweaters, breathe in the crisp air, sit on your porch with some wine and read a book. Or you can be social and have a party with wine, too, but I’m an introvert, so there’s no better combo than cozy + wine + book. Either way, my fall constant is wine, and I was introduced to a new grape that I love enough to marry.
An explanation first: I received five bottles of wine to review, all classified as Garnacha or Grenache. Let me fill you in on a little secret: they’re pretty much the same, but the grapes located in eastern Spain are labelled Garnacha, and those in southern France are known as Grenache. Whether you hit Spain or France, they are delicious.
They are made with some incredible grapes from 50 – 80+ year old vines, and they are some of the most environmentally-friendly grapes out there. The vines have some crazy-strong roots, which allow the vines to pull more ground water and rely less on rainwater. They are strong and self-sustaining, and the wineries are testing out different ways to grow organically and without chemicals. Basically, you can be eco-friendly while drinking your wine. Doesn’t get any better than that.
The grapes are incredibly versatile, and they can pair with just about anything you can imagine. Me, since it’s fall, I’d like to sip a little with a hearty bowl of vegan chili. Because I like to mix my classiness and my lumberjack-ness like that. It’s all about balance in the Ty-Land.
And the kicker? You can rosé all day on a budget. These wines range between $10-$20 a pop, but you’d never know it by the taste. Like I said before, you can pair these with anything, but I’d really like to try some of the red varietals and experiment with a mulled, spiced wine recipe.