For Cranberry Sauce, Choose Grenache

By Ania Zawieja

Published on November 18, 2009

According to the Spaniards, grenache (or garnacha), an important component in rioja wines, has its origins in Spain; the French, on the other hand, claim that Chateauneuf-du-Pape is grenache's birthplace. The debate rages on, but at least California can be added to the list of places where grenache thrives. Quivira's 2007 grenache ($19), grown in Sonoma, offers bright red fruit with a hint of spice, and the cool Sonoma nights give the wine the acidity and tannins that make it an ideal partner for turkey and cranberry sauce.

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