Pulled out a Wood Family Vineyards Grenache last night to have with a spicy dinner. This wine was a perfect complement to the meal. First on the eyes it was extremely light in a color almost translucent. So the immediate thought was this was going to be a light or wimpy Grenache. In fact it was far from that! On the nose, floral aromas of cherries. On the palate, obviously sweet ripe cherry and a secondary flavor of savory vanilla (not overly sweet) provided an intriguing allure of this classic grape. Soft tannins and mild acidity provided a long finish. This was aged in new oak for 10 months in a combination of new French oak, 1 year old French oak and 2 year old French oak. The alcohol level is 14.9 percent. It currently lists for $32.
Food and Wine Pairing
It was paired with a bowtie pasta dish with sliced smoked chicken sausage with habanero and green chili. The dish was prepared using garlic, white wine, small amount of chicken broth, sliced white onion, sweet multi-colored bell peppers and a pinch of red pepper flakes. Lightly sautéed broccoli was added and topped off with a combination of Parmesan, Romano and Asiago shaved cheeses. The warmth of the meal was complimented with the fruit of the Grenache for a wonderful meal.