Grenache & Sparkling Wine
For centuries, sparkling wine has been synonymous with celebration. From the royal courts in 18th century France, to your cousin’s wedding, midnight on New Year’s Eve, and other life milestones, someone, somewhere was definitely shouting, “pop the Champagne!” Sparkling wine is easy to spot. It's carbonated wine. Wine with bubbles. Prosecco is sparkling wine. Cava is sparkling wine. Sekt is sparkling wine. And yes, Champagne is in fact sparkling wine, too. But not all sparkling wine is Champagne. This is important. What matters here is method, and location. Let's burst this bubble.
Grenache (Garnacha) is a red-wine grape grown extensively in France, Spain, Australia and the United States. It is particularly versatile both in the vineyard and the winery, which may explain why it is one of the most widely distributed grapes in the world. Grenache is the French (and most internationally recognized) name for the grape, but it has a number of synonyms. In Spain, where it is one of the country's flagship varieties, it is known as Garnacha, and on the island of Sardinia it has been known for centuries as Cannonau. Some believe that the grape originated in Sardinia, and was taken back to Spain by the Aragonese, who occupied the island in the 14th Century.