Five wine picks for International Grenache Day. Don’t forget the bunting.

International Grenache Day, La Garnacha Salvaje del Moncayo 2014, Majestic

WE ALL love a reason to celebrate, so here’s advance warning of International Grenache Day.

Buy the bunting, invite your friends round, bake a cake as it’s next Friday (September 18 2015).

Grenache Day is a global event organised by the Grenache Symposium Association. I bobbed onto their website which waxes lyrical about the grape.

It proclaims: “It’s one of the most widely planted red grapes in the world and responsible for the velvety, voluptuous mouthfeel that people love in wine; but it rarely gets the credit it deserves because it’s often used in blends. It’s time to change all that! Grenache enthusiasts are connecting all over the world and coming together to celebrate this groovy grape.”

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Why some wines have more alcohol strength than others

Sud de France Top 100 Gerard Bertrand Terroir Minervois AOC Minervois 2013

There I was, at my desk, feeling sorry for myself, when a work pal said he wasn’t 100% that morning.

He’d opened an Australian shiraz the night before and his senses weren’t tickety-boo.

I sympathised. We compared notes and we’d only had a couple of glasses of red on a school night.

My red (more of it later) was from the south of France with an abv of 14%.

It got me a-thinking; does everyone know why there’s a variation of alcohol percentages in wines?

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