GSM and Rhone-Style Blends

GSM is an acronym for a majestic red blend made from grenache, syrah (aka shiraz) and mourvèdre modelled after the wines from the southern Rhone Valley. Now, you can find GSM’s from many different countries, with some of my favourites coming from the Australia’s Barossa Valley. Each grape in the blend contributes something different to the blend – grenache adds lush fruitiness, syrah gives bold fruit and structure and mourvèdre imparts an earthy element and grippy tannins. They pair particularly well with Alberta’s hearty cuisine of beef, bison and wild game. One little trick of the trade is that the order the grapes appear on the label indicate, from highest to lowest, the percentage in the blend. So, if you see a wine labelled SGM, you know right away that Syrah represents the largest percentage in the blend!
Laurie MacKay

Best In Class

Cims Del Montsant 2012 Montsant

Montsant, Spain

$18-21  CSPC 807442

Judges Selection

M.Chapoutier 2014 Domaine de Bila Haut Occultum Lapidem      

Cotes du Rhone, France

$29-32 CSPC 726121      

Tenshen 2017 Red

Santa Barbara County, United States

$35-40  CSPC 816331

Domaine Juliette Avril 2016 Cuvee Mailys            

Côte d’Azur, France        

$25-28 CSPC 805113      

Barossa Valley Estate 2017 Grenache Shiraz Mourvèdre  

Barossa Valley,  Australia             

$22-25  CSPC 520205

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