Varietal has its day in the sun

Tomorrow wine lovers across the world will have the chance to celebrate an apparently underrated grape. The second International Grenache Day will see winemakers, importers and lovers of the variety taking part in various events to bring it wider publicity.

Thursday, 22 September, 2011, 12:00am


Just as Japanese agribusinesses are grappling with rumours about post-tsunami food safety, France's Coteaux du Tricastin wine-growing district has come up with a solution to plummeting sales caused by unfounded fears of nuclear contamination.

21 Aug 2011 - 12:00am


Grenache, or garnacha as it is known in Spain, is one of the most widely planted grape varieties. It has a humble reputation and does not quite have the prestige of wines made from cabernet sauvignon or pinot noir. It often plays a supporting role in wines, where it is used as a component in a blend.

14 Jul 2011 - 12:00am


Ranging in colour from salmon to strawberry, ros?s are the perfect summer drink. Don't confuse them with blushes - which are also pink, but that's all they have in common. Blushes are deliberately sweet, while ros?s are dry and offer the aromas and flavours of red wine without the heaviness.

10 Jul 2011 - 12:00am


Except for the village of Chateauneuf-du-Pape, the southern Rhone is often overlooked by wine lovers. In 1991, Wine Spectator magazine voted the 1989 vintage from Chateau de Beaucastel - one of the region's top producers - wine of the year. Yet most people, including the French, look to Burgundy and Bordeaux for their bottles.

8 Jul 2007 - 12:00am


Pink is a curious colour. Little boys insist it is only for girls. The 'pink dollar' has different associations - but is welcome everywhere, like certain credit cards. The Financial Times is known as the pink paper. And outre colour consultants claim that pink drains energy - which is why locker rooms offered to visiting sporting opponents are apparently painted in the colour.

15 Apr 2007 - 12:00am

Perfect Match

Ricotta and spinach ravioli epitomises the classic European approach to food combinations, where flavours and textures are complemented and extended rather than contrasted and focused. In this case, the creamy, lightly tangy ricotta is furthered by the mild but definitive spinach taste. The tender dough enclosing the filling gives the combination more assertiveness.

14 Jul 2005 - 12:00am


Ranging in colour from salmon to strawberry, rose is the perfect summer drink. Don't confuse rose and blush. Blushes are pink, but the resemblance stops there. Blushes are deliberately sweet, whereas roses are dry and offer the aromas and flavours of red wine without the heaviness.

26 Jun 2005 - 12:00am

Wine on

Grenache blends from Barossa Valley,

South Australia

Miss Harry 2001, $158

11 May 2003 - 12:00am

Nobility eludes a grape contender

If grapes were players in an ancient royal court, cabernet sauvignon and chardonnay would naturally assume the roles of king and queen. Riesling would sit on the sidelines, having been overthrown last century.

27 Oct 2002 - 12:00am

Wine On

Under $100

Guelbenzu Bodegas del Jardin


13 Jul 2001 - 12:00am

Wine On

Under $100

Marques de Caceres


4 Aug 2000 - 12:00am