Posted on September 10th, 2011
Ireland joins the rest of the world in celebrating International Grenache Day on 24th of September.
Why an international day for Grenache?
Grenache is arguably one of the greatest grapes, yet it remains one of the most under-appreciated. It’s a core constituent in the Rhone, with the standard Cotes du Rhone and Chateauneuf du Pape, in Rioja, and Australian “GSM” blends and all over the south of France.
So, it’s a great grape and deserves to share more of the stage along with Cabernet, Merlot and Shiraz.
While the first day was celebrated around the world, it has taken Matt Nugent, wine journo with the Mail on Sunday, to spearhead the celebration of this great grape.
So, what’s happening? Quite a lot, actually. First off, there’s a masterclass, with Yalumba’s Jane Ferarri and Toni Batet Collado from Torres take to the stage for a day of fun – and education.
There are nine wines to be tasted as part of the master class, followed by a “free-pour” tasting of over 24 Grenache and Grenache-based wines from around the world.
The day ends with a specially prepared four-course dinner which will showcase matching Grenache wines.
Where, when and how much?
The event, to be held at Ely bar and brasserie (CHQ) in the IFSC (call 01 67 200 10 or email
for bookings), costs just €65 per head for the full day.
Questions or comments?
Contact: Matthew Nugent by email at or phone 087 2255602