The perfect party wine

Full of juicy fruit, Grenache is the lush wine of choice for a harvest dinner with friends

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Grenache and chicken

Rachel Weill

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Grenache is perfect for a party. Our menu features great matches for both its forms ― red and dry rosé. Pour everyone a glass of each and watch the fun begin.

The menu

Pan-roasted chicken on bacon mushroom ragout  

Be very generous with the cracked pepper on the chicken; it makes a wonderful flavor bridge to the wine.

Lightly sautéed cherry tomatoes with fresh basil.

Potato salad Niçoise

You'll have extra aioli to serve with appetizer vegetables if you like. We chose radishes and blanched broccolini.

Rustic pear tarts with crème fraîche  

Fresh pears and purchased puff pastry add up to an incredibly easy seasonal dessert.

Our wine picks

DRY ROSÉ

Beckmen Purisima Mountain Vineyard Grenache Rosé 2007 (Santa Ynez Valley; $18). Tangy raspberries, lemon-lime, and minerals.

Bonny Doon Vin Gris de Cigare 2007 (California; $15). Crisp wild berries, orange blossoms, and spice.

Robert Hall Winery Hall Ranch "Rosé de Robles" 2007 (Paso Robles; $14). With a bit more Syrah than Grenache in the blend, this is a big, tangy, spicy rosé, with wild cherries, citrus, and a minerally finish.

Terre Rouge "Vin Gris D'Amador" 2006 (Sierra Foothills; $16). Mourvèdre takes the lead here, followed by Grenache. Crisp and lively sour cherries blended with lemon-lime zest, for a kick of pleasant bitterness. Intense and refreshing.

 

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