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Is it getting warmer? Or colder?

Friday - 3/11/2011, 12:00pm  ET

More importantly, what wine do you drink when the weather has more mood swings than a teenager? Enter Grenache - a lovely wine known more for its supporting role in French Chateauneuf du Pape wines than as the lovely little star of the show it is. Here are a few of my favorite Grenache wines to get us through these weird weather weeks. From the Languedoc region of France comes the delicious 2007 Domaine Cabirau Grenache Serge and Tony, made from a small vineyard owned by importer Dan Kravitz and named in honor of the two gentlemen who oversee the vines and winemaking. A touch of eucalyptus and black olive on the juicy finish is enough to keep you coming back for another sip ($16). Australian winemakers love playing around with Grenache and I think the 2008 Trevor Jones Boots Grenache, from the Barossa Valley, is a successful experiment. The fruit-driven finish is round and expansive ($15). One of my favorite Spanish wines in the under $20 category is the 2008 QUO Grenache Old Vines from the Aragon region. The seductive, intense fruit and fat, round flavors make this wine shine ($15).