For the first time, Cariñena hosted their inaugural virtual happy hour to keep spirits and glasses high during the international stay at home orders. This very special happy hour was co-hosted by Rick Fisher, the Spanish Education Director for the Wine Scholar Guild, and wine scholar Kathleen Thomas. Attendees got an in-depth look at the region, the wines, and wineries without having to leave the comfort of their own home.
Our virtual tasting showcased the range and variety of wines coming from DOP Cariñnena including examples of Garnacha rose and cava blanc de noirs, old vine Garnacha and Garnacha blends and whites and other varieals. Participants were sent 2 bottles from the following wines
- Bodegas San Valero: Celebrities Garnacha, Particular Blanc de noir 2017, Grand Ducay Cava Rosé and Blanco
- Bodegas Paniza: Vinas Viejas Garnacha 2017, Fabula Rose 2018, Fabula Syrah 2019, Paniza Chardonnay
- Grandes Vinos: Corona De Aragon Garnacha 2018, Monasterio de las Viñas Reserva 2014, Monasterio de las Viñas Old Vine Garnacha 2016
Samples were sent out to our 25 participants, which included trade professionals and media from California to Connecticut. As always Rick Fisher, Director of the Spanish Wine Scholar program for the Wine Scholar Guild, provided his deep insights on this increasingly popular grape and how the DOP Carinena wines stand apart from other Garnacha varietals on the market.
“I am always amazed at the quality of wines coming out of this region, and the they are so affordable…still! I have long sought out old-vine Garnacha and just absolutely love what is coming out of this region,” explained Fisher. “I will continue to be a champion of this region as they represent so much of what Spain does right when it comes to wines. ¡Salud!”
Our co-presenter Kat Thomas, also weighed in from Las Vegas, “I love these wines. So bright and approachable. Some bring a real sense of place showing regional characteristics that are a result of the unique terroir, including a hot dry climate, which benefits from high altitude vineyards and cool wind most of the summer months.”
The event was a great way to connect live with our trade family and fellow fans of the region. Till we can toast in person.