Garnacha reds generally have a mid-range level of tannins and can be medium to full bodied. The velvety, rich essence of Garnacha red wines leaves drinkers with sweet aromas of raspberry, blackberry, or black cherry. Oftentimes, there is a subtle spice element in the wine. This combination of aromas and flavors makes Garnacha reds easy to pair with a wide variety of dishes. For fall, the wine goes best with rich plates like braises and stews, especially if they’re accompanied by dark sauces. Try combining a Garnacha red with a rich meat like this slow-roasted leg of lamb dish from Serious Eats. Coated in a garlic, rosemary, and lemon zest, the wine is the perfect match for the savory lamb recipe.
Evoking flavors of apple, citrus, and green fruit, Garnacha whites are known for a higher alcohol content and bold flavors. This full-bodied white wine also carries a complex spice profile, oftentimes hinting at cumin or nutmeg. Garnacha whites are the perfect glass to accompany most seafood dishes, and can stand-up to complex flavors. Try pairing Garnacha whites with this mouth-watering paella recipe from the food blog Spoon Fork Bacon. Filled with a delicious mix of clams, mussels, shrimp, chicken, and Spanish chorizo, this traditional Spanish recipe makes a flavorful companion for Garnacha whites.
Whichever flavor you choose, your fall cooking deserves to be paired with a glass of Garnacha wine.