Grenache Noir (commonly referred to as simply Grenache) is one of the world's most widely planted red grapes, and the most important varietal in France's southern Rhô̂ne Valley, where it is typically used to make fruity, affordable reds and dry rosés. Though it's considered a Spanish grape by heritage, Grenache is well suited to the hot, dry mistral winds of southern Rhô̂ne, and is widely grown in northern Spain as one of many blends for Rioja wines. It's a sweet-tasting, raspberry-fruity, light-colored varietal that is subject to early oxidation, which is why it is often blended with other varietals such as Syrah to slow the possibility of early browning. Grenache is also grown in Australia and California, where it is vinified into bulk reds and rosé́s. FYI, for Grenache at its best, try a bottle of Château Rayas Châ̂teauneuf-du-Pape, which is made from 100% Grenache.