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Weekly Wine Quiz #57 – Grape Trivia: Grenache, a.k.a Garnacha

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And we are continuing the Grape Trivia series – today’s focus is the red grape called Grenache (also known as Garnacha and Garnaxta in Spain).

Grenache is one of the most planted red grape in the world. It is a late ripening variety, which typically produces spicy, juicy, berry-flavored wines with high alcohol content. In the number of regions, such as Priorat in Spain, Châteauneuf-du-Pape in France or California and Washington in US, Grenache produces outstanding single-varietal wines, but more often than not it is used as a blending companion, adding juicy component and structure.

And now, to the quiz!

Q1: Name two grapes which are traditional blending partners of Grenache

Q2: Below is the list of countries which use Grenache in the winemaking. Sort the list by the area of Grenache plantings, from the highest acreage to the lowest:

A. Australia

B. France

C. Italy

D. Spain

E. United States

Q3: One winery in US is often credited with spearheading the success of  Grenache in US. Can you name that winery?

Q4: A few centuries ago, Grenache was a popular blending addition in one of the regions in France, until it became illegal by the AOC rules. Do you know what region was that?

Q5: Same as for the number of other grapes, Grenache exists in three different grape variations – Grenache Noir, Grenache Blanc and Grenache Gris. There is one wine where it is absolutely legal to use all three grapes as the part of the blend. Can you name that wine?

Enjoy your weekend, have fun and good luck! Cheers!

  1. May 18, 2013 at 8:43 am

    One might argue that it is Garnacha, aka Grenache, since it is a Spanish grape. Nice post!

    • talkavino
      May 18, 2013 at 9:20 am

      Thanks for the comment! There are many things to argue about around grapes, but ultimately, the truth is in the pudding, err, wine : )

  2. May 18, 2013 at 4:54 pm

    1. GSM. Syrah and Mouvèdre.
    2. B., D., C., E., A.
    3. I am going with Tablas Creek
    4. Burgundy, I am ashamed to admit.
    5. Châteauneuf-du-Pape.

    • talkavino
      May 19, 2013 at 8:33 am

      Thanks for playing, well done! The answers are coming on Wednesday.

  3. May 18, 2013 at 7:10 pm

    Holy smokes…will have to guess on a number of these…

    1) Mourvedre and Syrah
    2) B, D, E, C, A
    3) No idea (I always draw blank on US wine questions…)
    4) Again, no idea. But if Jeff says Burgundy and is ashamed, then I am going w Burgundy, too…
    5) That has to be Chateauneuf-du-Pape.

    • talkavino
      May 19, 2013 at 8:33 am

      Thanks for playing! the answers are coming on Wednesday

  4. May 19, 2013 at 8:11 am

    1. GSM – Grenache, Syrah & Mourvedre
    2. B, D, C, E, A
    3. Tablas Creek
    4. Cotes de Rhone
    5. No idea

    • talkavino
      May 19, 2013 at 8:34 am

      Thanks for playing! answers are coming next week

  5. May 19, 2013 at 3:38 pm

    Yeah–Grenache! I was once obsessed with GSM back in Australia and had some of the worst wines made from Grenache is in France. 🙂

    1. Syrah and Mourvedre
    2. D, B, A, E, C – Spain is #1 for sure
    3. Tablas Creek
    4. Burgundy
    5. No idea,..chateau de beaucastel?

    • talkavino
      May 19, 2013 at 7:47 pm

      Quite honestly, I think I personally had better luck with Spanish Garnacha than with French Grenache.

      In any case, the answer is coming on Wednesday.

      • May 21, 2013 at 10:13 am

        Yes, totally, most of Grenache blends I had in the southwest of France were bad. 😦

  6. May 21, 2013 at 10:11 am

    Ha, I change my answer for 4 to Cote du Rhone. Silly me, Burgundy is only Pinot Noir 🙂 Duh!Chateauneuf du Pape mix 16 different grapes, supposedly.

    • talkavino
      May 21, 2013 at 3:23 pm

      Hmmm, I would consider keeping the previous answer, just a suggestion…

      • May 21, 2013 at 4:03 pm

        Ha ha I got the question wrong…it said “illegal”. Sorry for the confusion. Ok, I stick to my first answer. I was writing a post about Cotes du Rhone and got suddenly struck by the mix of information. I hate French appellations 😦

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