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Since 1870, the Bastida family has dedicated themselves to the world of wines. Their philosophy began, and has remained, to seek out unique plots across Spain to achieve the best examples of what each region is capable of, bringing together a collection of knowledge and deeply rooted enthusiasm.

Planted in 1950 by Antonio Bastida in La Mancha-Castilla, two of their signature wines (Alceo and Paraje de Titos) came to be when an unusual rich pocket of limestone was discovered. It is this limestone in addition to a mix of sand and clay, which give Familia Bastida's wines their unique elevated profile.

Learn more at: familiabastida.com

 
What is the Garnacha grape? 
Garnacha is a Spanish grape (more specifically, Aragonese) which found its moment of splendour in the mid-19th century. At this time, a disease spread throughout the Spanish fields — a powdery mildew called blanquilla, or ash. The Garnacha proved to be very resistant to this disease, which caused the farmers of the time to increase their cultivation.

Thus, this vine began its journey through other areas of Spain, such as the Mediterranean and La Rioja, later to make the international leap to neighbouring countries such as France. The extent of its cultivation, due to its recognized resilience, was derived from a grape that now, as appropriate, is finally reaching notoriety and recognition.

Garnacha has different varieties, and also, as with most grapes, it takes different names both inside and outside the Spanish borders: Alicante, cannonaddu, granaxa, cannonaddu nieddu, cannonao, cannonau selvaggio, retagliad nieddu, canonazo, carignane rosso, garnaccho negro, garnatxa país, bundante, gironet, granaccia, grenache rouge, tinto navalcarnero, lladoner, rivesaltes, rousillon tinto, rousillon, tinto aragonés o uva di Spagna.

In the last two decades, agricultural technicians and winemakers have worked to improve the knowledge of red Garnacha, which has resulted both in its cultivation and the making of wines of great quality and recognition.

What are the properties of the Garnacha grape?
In Spain, Garnacha is the third variety of planting vines, only behind Tempranillo and Airén, while, internationally, it represents 4% of the total planted vines. In Spain, its cultivation is widespread, except in the communities of the Canary Islands, Asturias and Galicia.

From the Garnacha grapes, very fruity wines are produced, with hints of red and black fruits on the nose. In the mouth, red fruit dominates, providing medium-high acidity and very silky wines.

Learn more at grandesvinos.com

 
Available at the LCBO:

Familia Bastida Cimal Garnacha 2016
La Mancha, Spain
VINTAGES#: 646836, $14.95 SHOP »»

"This pure Garnacha shows black cherries, hot stones and lavender. Full body, dense and compact texture, firm tannins and a vibrant and exciting finish. I like the tension here." Score: 92 Pts. - James Suckling, August 2, 2018. 

Pair with pimentos and steak, or with lamb.

Familia Bastida Drama Dark Blend 2018
La Mancha, Spain
VINTAGES#: 22445, $15.95 SHOP »»

"Pretty red fruit with some orange peel, toasted oak and chocolate. It's medium-bodied, tight and polished with pretty tannins. Garnacha and Tempranillo. Drink now. " Score: 92 Pts. - James Suckling, November 2, 2020.

Pair with poultry, pork, salmon, trout or grilled meats.
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