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Pronounced San-so. A grape varietal, used in the production of light red wines, originating in the Rhône region of France. The grape is also grown in South Africa. The Cinsaut varietal has traditionally been viewed as a blending agent. Cinsaut is one of 13 grape varietals allowed in the blending of Chateauneuf-du-Pape regional red wines. Also traditionally blended with Mourvédre, Muscadine, and Syrah. Creates a superior red when blended with the Grenache varietal. Cinsaut is one of thirteen grape varietals allowed in Châteauneuf-du-Pape wines.

Also known as: Cinsault, Espagne, Hermitage, Malaga, Ottavianello, and Prunello.

Characteristics: Cinsaut varietal typically produces flavorful, light, neutral, concentrated red wines with flavors of fruit and spice, high acidity and low in tannins. May have a small amount of bitterness.

Food pairings: Bacon, calzone, cannelloni withricotta, cannelloni with meat, BBQ chicken, couscous with meat, couscous with vegetables, egg dishes, Greek cuisine, Indian cuisine, lasagna, pâté, pizza, and cheese soufflé.

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