Wines confirmed for Grenache roadshow in the US

Domaine de Marcoux and Sine Qua Non are to be shown alongside Yangarra Estate in the US as part of a series of comparative tastings focused on the world’s finest examples of Grenache.

Yangarra’s Peter Fraser was named Australian Winemaker of the Year for 2016 by James Halliday

As previously reported by the drinks business, the publication’s Patrick Schmitt MW, and Peter Fraser, who is winemaker for Yangarra Estate, are to host a series of Grenache masterclasses in the US – with one at the International Culinary Center, New York, on Tuesday February 13th 3:30-5pm, and another at Redbird Restaurant, Los Angeles, on Thursday 22nd February, 10:30am-12pm.

Fraser’s expertise centers on Rhône grapes, in particular Grenache, having made wine from the variety since 2000 at Yangarra Estate in the McLaren Vale, where he crafts the flagship High Sands Grenache, created using biodynamically-farmed fruit from bush vines planted in 1946.

Fraser – who was named Australian Winemaker of the Year for 2016 by eminent wine critic James Halliday – has agreed to compare his wines to the greatest varietal Grenaches from around the world, such as the prized biodynamic wines from Châteauneuf-du-Pape’s Domaine de Cristia and Domaine de Marcoux, along with Spain’s Espectacle, a pure Grenache from 120 year-old vines in Montsant, made by René Barbier, famous for Priorat’s Clos Mogador.

The award-winning McLaren Vale winemaker has also said he will show his wines alongside Australia’s celebrated varietal Grenache from the Barossa Valley: Torbreck’s Les Amis, which is made using grapes from vines planted in 1901.

Other wines in the tasting will include Female from Sine Qua Non, the Californian cult wine made with 78% Grenache by Manfred Krankl, a champion of Rhône grapes in the state.

Together, this tasting will provide an educational look at Grenache using a selection of extremely rare wines made from one of the trade’s most underrated grapes. It promises to be a brilliant chance to find out why Grenache can create truly fine wines.

However, numbers at this event are restricted, so, if you would like to register your interest, please click here or, for more information, please email chloe@thedrinksbusiness.com

The event is sponsored by Jackson Family Wines, and organised by the drinks business, which has run a series of Yangarra Grenache masterclasses in London and Hong Kong.

The wines on show will include:

2015 Yangarra Old Vine Grenache (McLaren Vale)
2014 Yangarra High Sands Grenache (McLaren Vale)
2013 Yangarra High Sands Grenache (McLaren Vale)
2015 Domaine de Cristia Vieilles Vignes (Châteauneuf-du-Pape)
2015 Domaine de Marcoux Vieilles Vignes (Châteauneuf-du-Pape)
2013 Espectacle (Montsant)
2013 Sine Qua Non Female Grenache (California)
2013 Torbreck Les Amis (Barossa Valley)

Please register your interest here

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