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Wine of the week: Campo Viejo Garnacha 2015 

Rioja, Spain

Retail $9-$14

Garnacha is often used as a blending grape in Spanish wines, but it also stands alone, as in this easy-drinking red from the Rioja region. Bodegas Campo Viejo's state-of-the-art winery sits on a vine-covered plateau overlooking the Ebro valley and Sierra de Cantabria mountains. The winery uses grape clusters and a gentle "gravity flow" process (reducing use of pumps and oxygen exposure) to produce wines with concentrated aromas and flavors. The wine was aged for four months in American oak barrels. In the glass, it exhibits aromas of red berries, blueberry and blackberry. On the palate, taste jammy cranberry, raspberry, tart cherry, plum, subtle spice notes and soft tannins. Open 15 minutes before serving. Drink it with barbecue, lamb chops, Italian sausage, charcuterie, veal, beef, fowl and roasted vegetables. Buy it at: Vieux Carre Wine & Spirits, Elio's Wine Warehouse, Dorignac's Food Center, Langenstein's in Metairie and River Ridge, Prytania Liquor Store, most Rouses, Robert Fresh Market on Robert E. Lee Boulevard and Claiborne Avenue, Lakeview Grocery, Canseco's Market on Esplanade Avenue, Breaux Mart in New Orleans, Metairie and River Ridge and Acquistapace's Covington Supermarket. Drink it at: Omni Royal Orleans, Superior Grill, The Boot and Impastato Cellars.


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