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August / September 2016

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{ }  89 { spain } Cariñena has long had a pronounced presence in Spain—it was the second DO, created in 1932—but it's been relatively unknown in the U.S. for much of its storied history. Garnacha, undoubtedly, has proven to be the best variety for the region, even if its namesake Cariñena, or Carignan, still appears in many blends. With more old vines than in any other region in Spain, Garnacha from Cariñena makes a pleas - ing, fruit-forward style of wine at a price-point that allows it to be enjoyed any day of the week. "Life is full of Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays," jokes Diego Pinedo, Export Manager for Bodegas Paniza. Spanish wine represents only one percent of wine sold in the U.S. market, so breaking in to share part of that one percent may be challenging for Cariñena. The biggest advantage for the region is the quality-to-value ratio. THE NEXT GREAT GRAPE The second selection from Grandes Vinos y Viñedos, 2013 Corona de Aragón Special Selection, drew enthusiastic comments from Nieves Beamonte, Export Manager for Grandes Vinos y Viñedos, about tradition in Cariñena. WE'RE DISCOVERING THERE'S A BRIGHT FUTURE FOR GARNACHA FROM CARIÑENA BY ALLYSON GORSUCH AND DAVID A. F. SWEET MAIN PHOTO: REBECCA PEPLINKSI; BOTTLE PHOTO: STEPHANIE SECREST

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