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Grenache Grape Juice

Grenache is known as Grenache noir in France and Garnacha Tinta in Spain. This varietal occupies more worldwide acreage than any other variety. While evidence confirms its Spanish ancestry, Grenache is perhaps most famous for its use in the great red wines of France. It was also one of the first varieties to be planted in Australia in the 19th century. Many areas in the USA (California, Washington and Southern Oregon) are experiencing success with Grenache both as a varietal wine and in blends with its traditional partners, Tempranillo, Syrah, and Mourvedre.



Abacela 2011 Verjus, Abacela Vineyards
2011 Verjus de Cigare, Bonny Doon Vineyard
Abacela 2011 Verjus, Abacela Vineyards

Oregon's Umpqua Valley is surrounded by the Klamath Mountains, the Coastal Range, and the Cascades. Because the region's adjacent valleys look nothing alike locals sometimes refer to the region as the Undred Valleys of the Umpqua rather than as a single valley. Abacela lies near the southern end of the valley above Lookingglass Creek. In October 2011 Abacela released its Verjus, a blend of Grenache and Graciano varietals. With only 178 cases produced, the 2011 bottling will likely sell out quickly as did the previous year's juice.

Verjus is tart -- not sweet!
abacela$16.99
2011 Verjus de Cigare, Bonny Doon Vineyard

It is generally believed that to achieve any good or great thing, some substantive sacrifice is required. But such is not the case at Bonny Doon Vineyard in the seaside village of Santa Cruz. Green Grenache grapes are thinned from the ripening clusters that will become wine. But instead of being trodden underfoot, they are elevated to gourmet verjus -- a brilliant addition to the chef's toolbox. Verjus de Cigare occupies the middle ground--neither excruciatingly tart, nor overly sweet.

Verjus is tart -- not sweet.
bonnydoongrenache$17.99