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Wine of the week: 2015 El Terrano Garnacha 

Carinena, Spain

Retail $12

A popular grape from France's Rhone region, grenache, was born in northern Spain, where it goes by its original name, garnacha. The grape is planted all over the world and is good as a stand-alone varietal and in blends. This El Terrano bottling is from Carinena, between Madrid and Barcelona. Its expression of garnacha is pure, with no hint of maritime influence. A combination of the regional growing conditions — mountains, temperature swings and dry cierzo winds — engage the aged vines to produce grapes for this impressive value-priced wine. The aromas and flavors of white pepper, strawberry, raspberry, black cherry and a hint of spice come to the forefront. Drink it with lamb, meatballs, beef stew, fowl, hard cheeses, pizza, burgers, eggplant and stuffed peppers. Buy it at: Whole Foods Markets.


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