When looking for a Thanksgiving wine, consider bringing a little Spanish flavor to the table. Garnacha, a history-rich grape indigenous to Spain, is fruit forward, easy to drink and pairs well with turkey and all of the trimmings. Often referred to as Grenache, the wine generally boasts a berry flavor and tends to be lower in acid and tannins.
“A Thanksgiving wine should have a medium body, be lower in tannins and able to handle the complexity of flavors offered in a Thanksgiving meal,” said Katrin Naelapaa, director of Wines from Spain. “Garnacha generally has a softer texture that won’t overpower the meal and is a crowd pleaser that can be carried over from course to course if desired.”
When purchasing a Garnacha for Thanksgiving this year, Wines from Spain recommends the following wines from the great value regions of Calatayud and Campo de Borja where many old vine Garnacha vineyards flourish. These wines provide great value, all under $12, and are widely available in the U.S.
Tres Ojos Garnacha 2007: This wine has a cherry color, a fragrant floral and herb nose and a fresh, fruity palate. Retail price: $7.99 and imported by Kysela Pere Fils.
Evodia Garnacha 2007: Filled with fresh aromas of raspberry and blackberry, this is a juicy, spicy and easy to drink wine. Retail price: $11.99 and imported by Eric Solomon Selections.
Borsao Tres Picos 2007: Deep and sweet, this wine is cherry red in color with a hint of purple tones. In the mouth it is rich and well structured conveying flavors of blackberries and strawberries. Retail price: $11.99 and imported by Fine Estates from Spain.
Las Rocas 2006: A medium, fruit driven wine with a deep ruby color, this wine has the aromas of raspberry, pepper and melted licorice. Retail price: $11.99 and imported by E. & J. Gallo Winery.
Garnacha, known as Grenache outside of Spain, is the third-most-planted grape in Spain and ripens late, needing hot, dry conditions to display its best character. While sometimes made as a stand-alone varietal, Garnacha is also frequently used in red blends.
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