Garnacha Blanc: The Perfect Pairing

Posted June 26, 2015

Stacy Brody

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My mother came up to visit last Friday and I needed a bottle for dinner. It was hot out, one of those sticky 90-degree days. I could not stand the thought of bringing a bottle of red, though I knew we would be sitting inside an air-conditioned restaurant (she would insist on sitting inside, no matter the weather).

I had no idea where we were going to dinner when I picked out the bottle for dinner. Absolutely no clue.

She likes Chardonnay. There’s always the old standby: Pinot Grigio. But I was feeling adventurous: I wanted to try something a little bit different.

I picked up the Herencia Altes Garnacha Blanc. I wanted something with a rich mouthfeel, like Chardonnay, a wine that had body but wasn’t so heavy.

This was perfect.

My mother and I ended up at a local restaurant that serves comfort food with a modern, international twist. She ordered roast chicken and I had a Mediterranean-influenced sandwich, think feta cheese, roasted red peppers, stuff like that.

The Garnacha Blanc complimented both meals. Richer whites, like Grenache Blanc, Viognier, Marsanne, Roussanne, and blends thereof, have the structure to stand up to roasted chicken and the acidity to cut through the fat. Such good comfort food: think about it, you’ve got roast chicken and mashed potatoes (oh, I didn’t mention that, did I? now you’re getting hungry) and this medium-bodied white that fills the mouth with gorgeous notes of melon and white fruit.

With the sandwich, too, this white was perfect, both the meal and beverage inspired by Mediterranean flavors. My sandwich was dressed with olive tapenade and roasted red pepper coulis, common tapas items. The producer recommends pairing this wine with tapas, and, after taking the concept for a test drive, I couldn’t agree my more.

While the wine didn’t quite go with our outrageously good dessert, my mother and I had a great time at dinner. Not to get all philosophical on you, this is what it’s all about. Enjoy good wine with delicious food in the company of family and friends.

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Stacy comes to Wine Library from the production side of the industry. After studying agriculture in college, she found herself working at a local winery and, at harvest season, snacking on as many Pinot Noir grapes as she could take before the winemaker noticed. She enjoys reading, hiking, and scoping out what's in season at the local farmers' markets.
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