World Grenache Day is celebrated internationally on 20 September. As the wine capital of Australia, We South Aussies definitely take our wine celebrations seriously.
Celebrations are not confined solely to our wine regions, they are also popular on Jetty Road, Glenelg. Grenache is best paired with meats and Asian Food, something that Glenelg offers in abundance.
Being a wine connoisseur (and more importantly, a food connoisseur), I’m out to find the best Grenache varieties Glenelg had to offer. Where to begin? The iconic Stamford Grand’s Horizon’s Cocktail Lounge.
The menu – Bar snacks are pretzels and popcorn together with a shared platter of Asian Inspiration including steamed dumplings, dim sum and satay chicken, beef skewers, paired with a perfect Tempranillo Grenache blend, Elvarado McLaren Vale (2017).
The juicy Mediterranean flavours complemented the spice in the curry puffs perfectly. A glass of Grenache in hand, a brilliant sunset and the pianist playing low-tempo music, it’s the quintessential Sunday afternoon wind down.
The grand aged leather chairs were a serene setting to watch the hustle and bustle of Glenelg on a sunny day. Time to move on to dinner.
Strolling to the Eastern end of Jetty Road to Phuket Thai, owned by a blended Thai /Cambodian family, Phuket Thai has graced Jetty Road for over 33 years.
Seated overlooking Jetty Road at dusk, I’m ready for a culinary experience of an authentic Thai three-course meal. Seay, one of the owners, brings over a GSM from the Barossa Valley, Kalleske Clarry’s 2018. GSM is my favourite Grenache blend. I am delighted to try this variety from a trusted South Australian family winery. With hints of cinnamon and raspberry, this GSM is on par with the quality of the food.
The, ‘favorites’ platter for two include, Pandan Chicken, Larp Fai, Spring Rolls, and Prawn Blankets. The spices and strong flavours fortified with the herbs tasted in our first few sips of the GSM. Next, a Cambodian wrapped snapper in Banana Leaf (not on the menu, but a long-standing favorite on the Specials Board).
I also enjoy a spicy Green Curry, my tongue is tamed by another glass of the Kalleske Clarry’s GSM. The last glass of the GSM is enjoyed with the coconut and chocolate fruit salad with ice cream.
After thirty three years Phuket Thai is still full of diners on a Sunday evening.
I look forward to enjoying more South Australian Grenache varieties accompanied with tasty Asian meals down at the Bay.
Happy World Grenache Day!