Red Rhone blends a delicious Northwest trend

By on September 17, 2017
Washington Grenache is grown on the Wahluke Slope.

Grenache destined for Milbrandt Vineyards ripens on Washington’s Wahluke Slope. Washington Grenache is on the rise in popularity. (Photo by Andy Perdue/Great Northwest Wine)

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.

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About Andy Perdue

Andy Perdue is the editor and publisher of Great Northwest Wine. He is a third-generation journalist who has worked at newspapers since the mid-1980s and has been writing about wine since 1998. He co-founded Wine Press Northwest magazine with Eric Degerman and served as its editor-in-chief for 15 years. He is a frequent judge at international wine competitions. He is the author of "The Northwest Wine Guide: A Buyer's Handbook" (Sasquatch, 2003) and has contributed to four other books. He writes about wine for The Seattle Times. You can find him on Twitter and .

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