AVIGNON, France, Sept. 14, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Today, wine lovers around the world will celebrate the 7thAnnual International #GrenacheDay with toasts, tweets and tastings from Japan to France, California to South Africa, South Korea to Australia. Thousands of fans of one of the most widely planted red grapes in the world will once again connect on the #GrenacheDay 2016 Google MyMaps, Facebook.com/GrenacheDay and Twitter #GrenacheDay to post their musings, photos, inspired menus, organoleptic tastings and share local celebrations.
Unlike most other grape varietals, Grenache truly has a cult following, with aficionados relishing its complex rich flavor known for its velvety mouthfeel and multidimensional umami-like qualities. Perfect with most food choices, Grenache's terroir-transmitting taste makes great wines greater and stands on its own as a wine to sip and savour.
Legendary Master Sommelier Xavier Rousset states, "...Grenache is producing world class wines, elegant, subtle, age worthy."
#GrenacheDay 2016 Highlights:
This year over a dozen countries are represented on the #GrenacheDay 2016 Google MyMaps, including the debut of events in Russia, Lebanon, Israel, Reunion Island, Nigeria and Vietnam.
In Los Angeles, California Grenache Association USA Ambassador Andy Abramson will host one of hundreds of invitation only events taking place around the world, pouring no less than 20 wines. "#GrenacheDay is the perfect occasion to open a bottle of Grenache or a Grenache blend and share it with friends."
Here's a selection of how the world is celegraping #GrenacheDay:
AUSTRALIA & FRANCE WINE SWAP: Thanks to Grenache Association's Australian Ambassador Russell Gallagher of Serafino Wines, winemakers in the McClaren Vale region of Australia are swapping Grenache based wines with Grenache Association member vineyards in France in a landmark cultural exchange for #GrenacheDay. Both countries will feature the other's in tastings 15,150 km (9413 miles) apart at the Serafino Winery and in France at La Verrière, home of Chêne Bleu wines.
Sydney: The Sydney Opera House restaurant, Bennelong, will host a lunch with Gourmet Wine Traveller Magazine with 21 top wines from Grenache regions in France, Spain and Australia.
Paris: Legendary sommelier Philippe Faure-Brac's restaurant Bistrot du Sommelier will feature Grenache wines all day.
Tokyo: Wine Bar La Storia will feature a Grenache tasting by Grenache Association Ambassador/Japan, Florian Boisselet.
Moscow: Sommelier Max Vasilev organizes a Grenache tasting at the Garden Cafe.
Malmo: The organic wine club Ekologiska Vinklubben organizes a special tasting with different organic Grenache wines.
Capetown: South Africa's finest online wine merchant Wine Cellar offers a tasting of great Châteauneuf-du-Papes.
London: Clerkenwell Restaurant, evening of music, tasting and discovery with top producers of reds, whites and dessert wines made from Grenache from France, Spain, Australia, and much more, featuring a presentation by Sarah Abbott, MW. https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/international-grenache-day-tickets-26903858164
Winesofgarnacha.com will be hosting #GarnachaDay events across the US to celebrate #GrenacheDay.
Paso Robles: Rhone Rangers Grenache Night–hosted by the Tooth and Nail Winerywith a panel of 6 Paso Robles Rhone Ranger winemakers, followed by live music and artisan cheese pairings with 22 Paso Robles Rhone Ranger wineries.
Sonoma: Friday, The Girl and the Fig Restaurant will have area winemakers pouring Grenache all day long followed by evening fun at Suite D. Then Saturday the celebration will continue with a bus tour of Grenache vineyards and tastings and then Vinyl Sunday! http://www.figsuited.com/#!product-page/c1tcx/094915cd-6ea4-6877-8b92-0179de64e75f www.thegirlandthefig.com
New York City: The Classrooms at Murray's Cheese Store will explore the depth and breadth of Grenache with extraordinary cheese pairings.
For more events visit: #GrenacheDay 2016 Google MyMaps
Contact us: Marlene Angelloz, Exec Dir. Grenache Association:
Email +33 (0)661609596
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Quote us: www.grenache-association.com/media For quotes by USA Grenache Ambassador Andy Abramson; Best Sommelier in the World 2013 Paolo Basso; Dean Hewitson; Randall Grahm; Jancis Robinson; Steven Spurrier, and others!
The Grenache Association is a grass-roots not-for-profit organization operated by volunteers who are passionate about wine and wine education, and open to lovers of fine wine across the world. Their goal is to educate wine lovers and promote Grenache through workshops and wine tastings, and to sustain it in the vineyards and in the glass! www.grenache-association.com
Grenache Association in Action:
- Run #GrenacheDay - an International Day of Grenache every third Friday in September;
- GrenacheNights during Vinisud, VinExpo, ProWein, Alimentaria, London Wine Fair;
- The Grenache Symposium week long workshops, tastings and panels with hundreds of professionals from 22 countries;
- Commented tastings by sommeliers, the Grenache masterclasses;
- Worldwide network of wine professionals;
- G-Think workshops: work, exchange and share technical information between winemakers;
- Partnerships with key wine associations.
How it all Began!
International #GrenacheDay was launched in 2010 following the first International Grenache Symposium at La Verriere's vineyard in France. The symposium was founded by wine gurus Steven Spurrier and Michel Bettane, Walter McKinlay of Domaine de Mourchon, and Nicole Rolet of Chene Bleu wines.
Grenache is prevalent in the South of France, in regions such as the Southern Rhone (including Châteauneuf-du-Pape), Provence, Languedoc and Roussillon, as well as many of the best regions in Spain such as Priorat, Campo de Borja, Calatayud, and Sardegna in Italy. It is also popular in Australia and the US, and grown in more than a dozen other countries around the world.
This eco-superstar has drought-resistant deep-rooted vines and is particularly well-suited to withstand climate change. More wine enthusiasts are discovering Grenache's unique ability to transmit its "terroir" and exploring this rich variety.
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SOURCE Grenache Association