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Red Rhone blends a delicious Northwest trend
Among the most exciting developments in the Pacific Northwest wine country in recent years is the emergence of red Rhône blends, commonly called GSMs because of the three primary grapes in the blend: Grenache-Syrah-Mourvèdre.
Dozens of examples of this style of red blend are popping up across the Northwest, particularly in Washington, where all three grapes are grown in some quantity. Last fall, Washington winemakers brought in 21,000 tons of Syrah, 1,700 tons of Grenache and 1,100 tons of Mourvèdre.
With the rising interest amid consumers and winemakers in red Rhône wines, it’s likely we’ll see more of these grapes being planted and more examples of this style of wine being made.
Here are a few examples of GSM blends we’ve tasted recently. Ask for them at your favorite wine shop or contact the wineries directly.