IN FRANCE, THE UNITED STATES and Australia, the grape is called Grenache. In Spain its name is Garnacha. And it is known by a variety of other names depending on where it is planted, ranging from Italy to Mexico to Morocco to Croatia and beyond. It is one of the world’s most widely planted grapes, yet it is not well-known as a wine. The main reason: Most often used as part of a blend, its name does not appear on the label.
One country, however, treats the grape with great respect. Spain makes 100 percent Garnacha and thus labels it as Garnacha. While the grape grows in several parts of the country, its finest examples come from five wine regions in northeast Spain: Calatayud, Cariñena, Terra Alta, Campo de Borja and Somontano. And while wineries make Garnacha as a white, rosé and red wine, most of it is red. Garnacha is a low-yielding grape that generally makes a wine with a medium tannin level and medium acidity.
Among whites I recently tasted, I recommend Lafou Els Amelers Garnacha Blanca 2015 ($40) — rich, deep-flavored, spicy with a mineral quality and a pleasantly lingering finish.
For an amazingly good value, try the red Las Rocas de San Alejandro 2013 ($14), made 100 percent of Garnacha from grapes grown on 40- to 60-year-old vines. It presents a vibrant color, lots of forward fruit, hints of cherries and berries and subtle tannins.
Particular Garnacha Viñas Centenarias 2012 ($26), also made 100 percent from the grape, is a red wine of limited production from the winery’s oldest vines. Smooth, full-bodied and with soft tannin and a tantalizing spice in the aroma, it proves an elegant wine.
Pirineos Garnacha 2013 ($30) is rich and deep-flavored with powerful, forward fruit flavors, especially of cherries and blackberries; a touch of mint in the nose; a pronounced minerality; and excellent balance. At 3 years of age, it is still in its infancy.
An old grape. A rather new discovery.
Tucked away between the verdant hills of the Dominican Republic and beautiful waters of the Caribbean Sea, Samaná is the perfect year-round destination. No matter what time of year you choose to visit this hidden gem, you can check things off your travel bucket list. In the summer, escape the busy tourism hot spots and explore off-the-beaten path areas and activities; in the winter, embark on an eco-excursion like whale watching in Samaná Bay.
Considering an autumnal adventure or Thanksgiving trip this year? Well, with walkable cities, cozy pubs and lots of seasonal festivals, the island of Ireland is calling. And if you need more reasons to Press the Green Button and go, take a look and see what awaits you on the Emerald Isle …
The coastal town of Belek in Antalya serves as the setting for the brand new, 5-star Cullinan Belek, named for the largest rough diamond ever discovered. Set along the sparkling azure waters of the Turkish Riviera, the new property boasts its own private white-sand beach, with 600 plush guestrooms (including 10 luxurious villas), all providing sea views. The hotel also has 13 swimming pools, 10 dining venues and five bars.
Museums beckon wherever we go. They amuse and enlighten travelers and bring to public attention historical, artistic, scientific and natural wonders. Most are thought-provoking and educational, stretching our minds and our knowledge of the world. Some, however, stand out as just plain quirky: personal and sometimes whimsical collections, museums dedicated to a unique skill or long- forgotten industry, arcane collections originally designed for scientific study. Others devote their space to sharing a subject that represents one person’s consuming passion.
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The Seoul Tourism Organization participated in IMEX, the world’s largest MICE exhibition, in Frankfurt, Germany, May 29–June 2. IMEX celebrated its 200th anniversary this year.
The Ritz-Carlton Yacht Collection celebrated an exciting moment recently when Evrima, its inaugural yacht, completed a series of successful sea trials. On June 9, in Santander, Spain, Evrima reached what is considered one of the final shipbuilding milestones prior to launch with the sea trials, a series of tests carried out when the yacht is sailing on open waters. Captain Steven MacBeath led the trials, alongside a team of senior officers, engineers, contractors and shipyard staff.
From 24-Hour Butler Service to a Sky Pool: Boutique Luxury Awaits at Vista Encantada Spa Resort & Residences in Los Cabos
Set on a seaside bluff overlooking Land’s End in Cabo San Lucas, Vista Encantada Spa Resort & Residences is a Baja paradise specializing in serene vistas and impeccable hospitality, offering a Pacific coast lifestyle with authentic Mexican touches. Guests can now earn a fourth night free at the stunning resort, plus a $100 resort credit, when booking through March 20, for travel through June 15.