Summer, where art thou? I know it’s not June 21st yet, and as I write this it is sunny and hot out, but lately all this rain and cool weather has me craving one thing – red wine.
I’m a seasonal drinker; so I drink more white and rosé wine in the summer and more red wine in the winter. I will, however, always make exceptions for sangria. Given our climate has been lackluster lately, I’m going to introduce you to one of my favourite bargain wines. Enter Castillo de Monséran Garnacha (Grenache) from Spain. Spanish reds are excellent for things like sangria because Spain is the birthplace of sangria itself; so the flavours of the wine (soft berry flavours) really lend themselves well to sangria. They’re also great drinking wines. Perfect for sitting on a patio for a few hours in these slightly below average temperatures.
Garnacha (Grenache) is a grape variety that’s traditionally grown in Spain and the south of France. Occasionally, you may see a Garnacha from California. You’ll typically find Garnacha in a blend with Syrah (Shiraz) and other red similar wines, as it adds great body and berry flavours, but I love this wine on its own too.
The Wine: Castillo de Monséran
Grape Variety: Garnacha (Grenache)
Remember two weeks ago when I told you I never bothered throwing red wine in the fridge because I was too impatient? Well, I did throw this bottle in the fridge for around five minutes (still impatient) and let me tell you, it’s worth the wait. Adding a bit of coolness to the red wine really brings out the flavours of this bad boy.
This bottle will set you back a mere $9.95 and the complexity of flavours will make you think you spent more. There are definite plum tones here, accented by cherry and currant undertones. I also taste raspberry flavours as well. There’s a smoky fullness and I definitely taste subtle coffee and chocolate notes too. It’s dry, but soft on the palate and the bottle suggests that you pair it with “all meat dishes” – I totally agree. It’s a red that would pair well with a steak but wouldn’t over power it.
Speaking of steak, I don’t have anything for dinner and half a bottle of wine left. You bring the steak and I’ll provide the wine. Actually, on second thought, better bring another bottle of wine too.
The Final Wine Word: 4 bottles out of 5