Until recently - for 5 billion people across the globe, G.S.M. meant - (Global System for Mobile Communications) - the industry standard (term) for mobile phones.
But thanks to the wine regions of South Australia - G.S.M. now means an exciting glass of red wine that can be enjoyed on its own or with food, in its youth or with a little age.
Too many wine enthusiasts, G.S.M's are described as a combination of all the best things in red wine, all mixed into one bottle in small approachable portions. G.S.M wines are firm, well flavoured, coloured and with soft tannins on a rounded finish. They go well with a variety of cuisine; tapas, antipasto platters, pizza, pasta, barbecues, but are certainly not out of place with the best cuts of red meat.


While the predominant grape Grenache has a long history, it is only over the past 2 decades or so that the varietal has received the recognition that it deserves. While it is regarded as a classic varietal by many, it is an 'alternative varietal' in places like Australia; not least because few wine drinkers know much about it.
This grape varietal is widely planted in South Australia, particularly in the Barossa Valley and McLaren Vale wine regions. It is a versatile varietal which can be used as a straight varietal wine, it makes very good Rosé - though typcially use as a blending compoonent, particularly with Shiraz and Mourvèdre (also known as Mataro). In fact the so called G.S.M. blends are becoming a signature style of the Barossa Valley & McLaren Vale, challenging the dominance of straight Shiraz wines.
In Spain it is known as Garnacha, and is grown extensively throughout the North and East of the country as dry-grown bush vines. In France this varietal is grown in the Southern Rhône region as well as in Roussillon. In the Rhône it is a key ingredient of the famous Châteauneuf-du-Pape wines. In fact Grenache is a principal varietal in all of the major AOP appellations in the Southern Rhône. Grenache is also the major varietal in Tavel Rosé. Keep a look out for G.S.M blends - enjoy them with diverse cuisine all year round.