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All around the planet, various venues are hosting tastings and dinners to showcase this under appreciated varietal for the 4th Annual International Grenache Day, a.k.a., G-Day, which was launched in the south of France several years ago to issue a "call to arms" as this video demonstrates. Grenache, while considered a solid supporting actor, has all the qualities that the consumer values for a leading role--refreshing, vibrant,cherry/plum flavors, easy to grow and drink (making it the most planted grape in the world)...the Mediterraeneum lifestyle in a glass.
This brief video shot in 2010 explains the genesis.
As in the past years, we are showcasing Grenache wines and Grenache blends: red, white and pink, from throughout CA.. Plus we'll have some releases to rank blind. To make it more interesting and competitive we will include some 'ringers' from other countries.
Instead of our usual somewhat cumbersome clip boards and the point rating system, we'll resurrect the same ranking program we used for our Cab Challenge in Jan. Attendees will be given 5 tickets. If there is one standout that really turned you on, you can put all five of your tix in that wine's box. If several wines pleased you, you can spread the tickets around to several boxes. We then add up the tix for each wine determining 1st, 2nd and 3rd.
Winning wines from our recent 'consumer choice' mini competions will also be available for purchase and take away at a discount, with proceeds going to the SF Food Bank. Click on our ~Purchase Wines~ menu item on the side to learn more about these terrific wines.
Our monthly wine mingles seek to offer occasions for people to socialize over new and different wine styles and flavors/ Why nurse a glass of a single varietal or be limited to a flight of three wines at a high-markup wine bar when for the same amount of money you can enjoy and learn about a range of wines while chatting with old and new friends. Plus save on the purchase of the best wines.
When & Where
Bay Area Wine Society/wine.coop/PAIRINGS
PAIRINGS offers similar services to assist other organizations with fundraising.