Rhône-style red blends perfect for Pacific Northwest

By on November 29, 2015
Washington Grenache grows on Red Mountain.

Grenache grapes ripen at Red Heaven Vineyard on Red Mountain. (Photo by Andy Perdue/Great Northwest Wine)

One of the most exciting trends in Pacific Northwest wine the past few years has been the rise of Rhône-style red blends.

Winemakers have been taking a page out of the book of Southern Rhône winemakers by blending such varieties as Syrah, Grenache, Mourvèdre, Counoise, Cinsault and other grapes from this region in the south of France.

So if you see the letters “G-S-M,” you’ll know this is a rich, bright and delicious red blend that will pair well with meat lovers pizza, barbecued pork, grilled meats and sausages, among other choices.

Here are seven examples of Southern Rhône red blends from the Northwest that we’ve tasted recently.

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Articles authored by Great Northwest Wine are co-authored by Eric Degerman and Andy Perdue. In most cases, these are wine reviews that are judged blind by the Great Northwest Wine tasting panel.

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