Why #GarnachaDay Fever Is Here To Stay


What do people have in common with wine grapes? Both possess strong, unique personalities and characteristics; Garnacha is no exception. It is perhaps the world’s most malleable grape, demonstrating versatility and poise no matter where it is found. (Think Cannanou in Sardinia and Grenache in France; both are guises of Garnacha.) But there is one thing that’s certain whether you’re a person or wine grape: There’s no place like home. Garnacha, well-traveled as it may be, is at home in Eastern Spain. This is its birthplace, and there’s nothing quite like a home game advantage. Garnacha from Spain is the grape at its absolute best. What’s more, the ever-malleable Garnacha has a curious knack for expressing terroir better than anyone else around. Combine this inherent talent with the grape’s ancestral lands, and you’ve got some magic stirring in your glass. Snooth celebrated Garnacha with a smashing virtual tasting on Garnacha Day (September 18th), featuring Master Sommelier Laura Maniec and Spanish Sommelier of the Year Guillermo Cruz. Did you miss the party? Don’t fret. Click through the slides to watch highlights. If you'd prefer to watch the entire tasting and read the chat log, click here.

The Great Garnacha Resurgence

Garnacha comes from humble beginnings. It was originally believed to be a superior blending grape from Eastern Spain. Lucky for us wine lovers, its natural talents have been recognized. Growers and winemakers unearthed its potential and began crafting varietal bottles. They’ve created the experience of terroir combined with ancestral DNA in a glass. Meet Laura and Guillermo and learn more in this clip.

Tasting the Clos Dalian Garnacha Blanca 2014

This Garnacha Blanca hails from the Terra Alta DO (Denominación de Origen) in the Catalonia region. Catalonia can be a paragon for major trends in Spanish wine. (After all, it encompasses the very sexy capital city of Barcelona.) Terra Alta is no exception, renowned for its rich and characterful Garnacha Blanca. Laura and Guillermo reveal more details in this clip.

Defining Typical Garnacha and Tasting the Beso de Vino 2014

Laura and Guillermo spend some time unpacking definitions of typical Garnacha. Guillermo points to the four classic DOs in the Aragon region; direct neighbors (to the west) of Catalonia: Somontano, Campo de Borja, Cariñena and Calatayud. The area is rife with microclimates that the old vines of Garnacha have been expertly interpreting for decades. Laura and Guillermo also taste the Beso de Vino, which hails from Cariñena DO. Cariñena was originally named for the grape that shares its name, which used to dominate local plantings. However Garnacha has replaced most of those plantings more recently due to the grape’s popularity and its amazing response to the region’s growing conditions (a warm continental climate with low rainfall.) Top critics are watching Garnacha wines, too: The Beso de Vino received 89 points from Robert Parker and 90 points from Stephen Tanzer. Watch the clip and learn more.

Tasting the Las Rocas Garnacha 2013

The wildly popular Las Rocas comes to us from Calatayud, another one of the classic Garnacha regions in Aragon. Calatayud has been garnering accolades for its Garnacha thanks to its venerably old bush vines which express a soft and savory style. In this clip, Laura and Guillermo chat about some of the wine’s finer details. 

Garnacha Has Style

Laura and Guillermo continue to expound on the definition of “typical” Garnacha. The older vines are a big part of the equation. They are coveted by artisan producers who coddle their aging vines with great care to produce small, hand crafted allotments. Each and every old vine grape is considered, assessed, and selected by hand. Watch the clip to learn more.

Everyone is Asking for Garnacha by Name

Like a noble grape variety, wine drinkers in restaurants and retail stores worldwide are asking for Garnacha by name. It has fast become a household grape. It's no wonder, as consumers have started to discover that these wines can be enjoyed now or cellared for years to come. Laura and Guillermo discuss this, and more about the definition old vines, in this clip.

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