Are you a wine enthusiast looking for a reason to celebrate?
Look no further because International Grenache Day is here!
Created by the Grenache Association in 2010, this celebration takes place on the third Friday in September.
So grab your glasses and join the party!
Grenache, The Grape with Personality:
Grenache, also known as Garnacha, is a red wine grape variety that originated in Spain.
Today, it is widely cultivated around the world, with notable production in France’s Rhône Valley, Australia, and California.
The grape is known for its thin skin and high sugar content, which leads to wines that are full-bodied, fruity, low in tannins and high in alcohol.
Grenache is often blended with other grape varieties to create complex and flavorful wines, but it also stands alone as a single varietal wine.
Some say it’s a bit of a chameleon, as it can produce a wide range of wine styles, from light and fruity to full-bodied and complex.
It is often recommended as a perfect match for grilled meats, stews, and even spicy dishes.
If Grenache could have a personality, I imagine it would be a charming, vivacious character, always ready to party and have a good time.
This wine is bold, vibrant, and unapologetically flavorful.
It’s the kind of wine that grabs your attention from the first sip and keeps you engaged until the last drop.
You would definitely want Grenache as your wingmate for a night out on the town.
It’s a day for all wine lovers to come together and share their love for Grenache.
The Origin of International Grenache Day:
As for the origin of International Grenache Day, well, it’s not quite as glamorous as Grenache’s personality.
The Grenache Association simply wanted to create a day to celebrate this delicious grape varietal and raise awareness about its versatility and unique characteristics.
Perhaps it was a stroke of marketing genius or a way to rally support for this underappreciated grape.
Or maybe, it was just an excuse to throw a big party and drink lots of wine.
Regardless of the reason, we are grateful for this holiday, and we raise a glass to the Grenache Association for creating it!
When and Why:
International Grenache Day is celebrated on the third Friday of September.
This date was chosen to coincide with the start of the harvest season in the northern hemisphere.
It is a time when winemakers begin to pick their Grenache grapes, and the wine enthusiasts start to anticipate the release of the new vintage.
So, mark your calendars, and get ready to celebrate on the third Friday of September!
How to Celebrate:
So, how can you celebrate International Grenache Day? Well, the possibilities are endless!
Here are a few ideas to get you started:
- Gather a group of friends and host a Grenache tasting party. Choose a variety of Grenache wines from different regions and see how they compare.
- Plan a picnic with Grenache paired with your favorite cheese, pieces of fruit and a charcuterie board.
- You could head out to a local winery and enjoy a glass or two while taking in the beautiful scenery.
- For a simple celebration, you can toast to Grenache at your favorite restaurant or wine bar.
- Try pairing Grenache with different foods to see what works best. This wine pairs well with grilled meats, stews, and spicy dishes.
- Share a bottle of Grenache with a loved one and enjoy a romantic evening together.
Whatever you choose, make sure to share your love of Grenache with others and raise a glass to this delicious grape..
Now, let’s talk safety. While Grenache is a delightful wine, it’s important to remember to drink responsibly.
Here are a few tips to help you stay safe and healthy:
- Pace yourself and drink plenty of water to stay hydrated.
- If you’re planning on celebrating with friends, make sure to have a designated driver or arrange for transportation.
- Take breaks from sedentary activities and stretch or dance to get your blood flowing.
- If you’re hosting a party, make sure to provide plenty of food and non-alcoholic options for your guests.
- And, as always, be sure to keep your furry friends safe by keeping wine bottles and glasses out of reach.
International Grenache Day is the perfect excuse to indulge in some of the best wines around.
Whether you’re a seasoned wine connoisseur or a newbie to the wine world, this holiday is the perfect excuse to try something new and celebrate with friends and loved ones.
So, the next time someone asks you why you’re celebrating this holiday, just tell them Wild Calendar gave you permission to do so.
Happy International Grenache Day!