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August / September 2018

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96 { THE SOMM JOURNAL } AUGUST/SEPTEMBER 2018 { grape gatherings } AT THE FIRST GLOBAL GARNACHA SUMMIT, DOP CARIÑENA AND VIP TASTEMAKERS DISCUSS THE FUTURE OF SPAIN'S RISING-STAR GRAPE by Jonathan Cristaldi / photos by Alexander Rubin During the first annual Global Garnacha Summit held this past April at The Cu- linary Institute of America (CIA) at Copia in downtown Napa, all eyes were on Cariñena, a small Roman-era town in the Aragón region of northeast Spain. Although the Carignan (Cariñena) grape is believed to have originated from this precise area of the Ebro Valley, wine production has shifted focus to Garna - cha/Grenache, which is better suited to the arid, dry conditions of the region and very well could have first grown in these soils, as well. The focus of the summit was to highlight old-vine Garnacha and its respec- tive regional homes—including, of course, Cariñena, which sponsored the event in partnership with these other Garnacha-centric areas to host sommeliers and top wine buyers from around the world. Seminars and tastings, including an in- Cinderella STORY A Industry influencers descended on The Culinary Institute of America (CIA) at Copia in Napa, California, for the Global Garnacha Summit. Master of Wine Pedro Ballesteros Torres wrote the cover story on Garnacha for the April-May 2018 issue of The SOMM Journal.

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