Tuesday, March 22, 2011

I can't think of a more clever title. Try Evodia.

A few weeks ago I ran into a classmate from one of my wine classes.  He works for a wine distributor and happened to be hosting a tasting at a local shop.  Though I wasn't in the mood to drink, it doesn't take much to twist my arm and a garnacha (or as the French would say, "grenache") touted as balanced, full of fruit and a great value, well, I couldn't pour it fast enough!

Garnacha (Grenache) is a grape primarily found in the Southwest of France and in Spain.  It grows well in hot climates, but because of this, it also means that it can easily become unbalanced and too high in alcohol content.  This is why it is also often blended with Syrah.  A 100% garnacha is not something you see often in the U.S., and a good one is even more rare - especially at $9.99.  The Evodia Garnacha has a nose of strawberries with a hint of fragrant florals.  On the palate it is medium bodied with a smooth finish that is hard to find at this price point.  And it's incredibly versatile when it comes to food.  If you find it, buy one for yourself, one for your favorite wine lover and one to bring to your next get together.  You will not disappoint nor will you be disappointed. 

Until the next sniff, sip, quaff or random wine tasting,


Alli M.


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