Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun A variety of grape grown in Spain and France that is used to make red wine.
  • noun A medium-bodied red wine made from this grape.

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[From French grenache, from Old French (vin) vernache, a variety of fine wine, from Old Italian vernaccia, originally a fine variety of Ligurian wine, later any of several fine Italian wines, from Vernaccia, variant of Vernazza, name of the coastal town in Liguria from which the wine was shipped.]

Examples

  • One of the things that has to be appreciated about Grenache is that it is one of the few wines that goes perfectly with Curry dishes.

    Wine Future in Rioja – opening Pandora’s bottle of grenache | Dr Vino's wine blog

  • In this region winemakers blend Spain's two major red grapes, Garnacha (what the French call Grenache) and Tempranillo, to produce red wines loaded with fruit-notes of strawberry and hints of white pepper.

    Wines for the Times

  • It now seems likely that Sardinia provided some important gifts to Spain in return, namely the Grenache grape that is grown on the island under the name Cannonau, and in Spain under the name Garnacha.

    Archive 2008-06-01

  • It now seems likely that Sardinia provided some important gifts to Spain in return, namely the Grenache grape that is grown on the island under the name Cannonau, and in Spain under the name Garnacha.

    Sun, Sea, and Wine: Sardinia

  • It seemed a long way from the villages of the northern Rh ne, where white grape varieties such as Grenache Blanc, Marsanne and Rolle have been cultivated for centuries.

    Finding Viognier's Appeal

  • Fun-loving cadre of California wine-makers, anchored by the whimsical Randall Grahm of Bonny Doon vineyard, who, in the 1980s, championed the cultivation of Rhône Valley grapes such as Grenache and Syrah in the Golden State.

    The Wine Snob's Dictionary, Volume 1

  • Fun-loving cadre of California wine-makers, anchored by the whimsical Randall Grahm of Bonny Doon vineyard, who, in the 1980s, championed the cultivation of Rhône Valley grapes such as Grenache and Syrah in the Golden State.

    The Wine Snob's Dictionary, Volume 1

  • High-Flying California Syrah This Rhône Valley transplant hit the jackpot in 2006 with dozens of sensational releases from almost every growing region, while Rhône siblings such as Grenache turned out distinctive blends

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  • High-Flying California Syrah This Rhône Valley transplant hit the jackpot in 2006 with dozens of sensational releases from almost every growing region, while Rhône siblings such as Grenache turned out distinctive blends

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  • Today we crushed the young vine Garnacha Negra 'Grenache' (approx 10 years) that we picked yesterday.

    Catavino

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