So this may come as a surprise, but I don’t drink wine for a living. Shocker - I know. In addition to not drinking wine for a living, I am also a filmmaker and have recently been finishing up the second short film that I have written and directed. You can check that out here: https://vimeo.com/162279266*. Now that the film is complete (!!), I have time to do the second thing that I was born to do - which is drink wine.
Before I dive head first into rosé and white wine season, I wanted to talk to you about one of my favourite (and affordable) red wines: Castillo de Monséran Garnacha (Grenache). This wine is so good and drinkable. I know what you’re thinking, aren’t all wines drinkable? Well, any wine worth drinking is drinkable, but some you sip slowly and savor; others you want to drink by taking big gulps and before you know it, you’ve finished your second glass. Castillo de Monséran is the latter.
Garnacha (Grenache) is a grape variety that’s traditionally grown in Spain and the south of France. Occasionally, you may see a Garnacha from California. You’ll typically find Garnacha in a blend with Syrah (Shiraz) and other similar red wines, as it adds great body and berry flavours, but I love Garnacha on its own too.
The Wine: Castillo de Monséran
Grape Variety: Garnacha (Grenache)
Here’s a story for you: When I was working as a bartender a number of years ago, I attended a wine tasting on a day that just happened to be my day off; so I was allowed to really enjoy the wine. In a taste test, this wine, which none of us had thought to try because it was considered one of our house wines, and when you work in a pub you know house wines generally aren’t the greatest; however, it was the overwhelming favourite – even against some well-known red-wine heavy weights – and that’s saying something. Eight tipsy bartenders can’t be wrong.
This wine is full of berry flavours, with rich cherry overtones and smokey undertones. This is also a red that can be served slightly chilled. Throw this in the fridge for ten or so minutes and you won’t be disappointed. Because of they’re ability to blend well with other wines and other flavours, this wine would make a great base for sangria – one of my favourite something drinks.
Needless to say, I would 100% buy this wine again. In fact, I’m going to buy it right now.