Paella is a dish that has grown from being a staple in the towns and villages of Spain to a dish that is enjoyed and loved around the world. Australia is one country that has truly embraced this dish. It is a perfect vehicle for the amazing range of fresh produce we have here in Australia. Exceptional seafood like fish, prawns, mussels and squid combines beautifully with Australian rice, vegetables and spices for a hearty dish that is a perfect match for modern Australian Grenache. While a more traditional wine match for seafood is a crisp white wine, modern Australian Grenache wines have a wonderful savouriness that works beautiful with the flavours of the seafood paella.
While Grenache was one of the first varieties planted in Australia, it has always been a bit underdog, when compared with our more renowned varieties like Shiraz and Cabernet Sauvignon. For many years Australian Grenache was used to make fortified wines or was blended with Shiraz and Mourvedre in GSM red blends. In recent years Australian Grenache has evolved with viticulturists and winemakers identifying special vineyard sites, treating the vines and the wines with care and attention to make stunning single varietal wines.
Click here for a recipe for seafood paella from Taste.com.au
Click here to learn more about the new wave of modern Australian Grenache on the Wine Australia Blog