The southern Rhône may be the source of the most illustrious Grenache on the planet, but the variety, of presumed Spanish origin, has made a home for itself in numerous locales all around the Mediterranean basin. Tasting Grenache, Garnatxa, Grannacia, Cannonau, or whatever you choose to call it across many regions, it quickly becomes apparent that this grape is a chameleon whose identity changes in accordance with the local conditions. From Catalonia up the Mediterranean coast of France into the Languedoc, Rhône Valley, and Provence, then sailing south to disembark on the shores of Corsica and Sardinia, Grenache is a vehicle for terroir in the same way that Pinot Noir so sensitively expresses the nuances of Burgundian soil. These Grenache-based reds and rosés demonstrate how the King of Mediterranean grape varieties so wonderfully excels at the power of transportation.
While our retail shop in Berkeley is not yet open for browsing, all of our staff continues to taste and recommend new bottlings as well as ones that have continued to evolve beautifully on our racks or in the back of the store. Here you will find our staff’s current favorites!
Here at Kermit Lynch Wine Merchant we don’t believe in selling anything mediocre, and we would certainly not put our name on a wine we didn’t believe in. So our values are just that, wines that are full of value and quality.
Shaped like a crescent hugging the Mediterranean coast, the region boasts an enormous variety of soil types and microclimates depending on elevation, exposition, and relative distance from the coastline and the cooler foothills farther inland. While the warm Mediterranean climate is conducive to the production of reds, there are world-class whites and rosés
Tasting Grenache, Garnatxa, Grannacia, Cannonau, or whatever you choose to call it across many regions, it quickly becomes apparent that this grape is a chameleon whose identity changes in accordance with the local conditions.
You won’t find many producers who have had such success in their traditional wines over decades and who experiment with new wines. This collection features three examples of the old and three of the new.
Catherine and Pierre Breton are two of the hardest working people we know in the wine business. This explains why their wines, despite the fact that they are totally natural and unadulterated, are so incredibly consistent; consistently delicious.
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