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icon 2Award-winning wine journalist Lyn Farmer on Garnacha from Carinena; the next great grape 

Mangoes have dazzled palates across the globe for centuries with their aroma, taste, texture, and seemingly endless shapes, sizes, and colors. In Miami alone there are over 250 varieties. Miami-based writer, critic, poet and educator Jen Karetnick is the award-winning author of nine books, including three this year alone: the recently published book Mango and two volumes  Prayer of Confession and Brie Season about to be released.
Jen’s nickname, Mango Mama, could not be more appropriate! Jen lives on the last acre of a historic mango plantation with her husband, two children; three dogs; four cats; and fourteen mango trees!  By the time July comes around, Jen uses mangoes in the most unexpected ways, in just about everything, cocktails, smoothies, savory and sweet dishes.
Along with her own recipes which she has developed over the years, the book Mango features recipes from a group of Jen’s buddies who happen to be Miami's most celebrated chefs.
From smoothies to cocktails, from mango blintzes to jerked grouper with mango-fig chutney, and mangozpacho (mango-infused gazpacho)--this book is  the ultimate book on Mango. It is delightfully written, based on serious research and highlights  all those chefs and mixologists who are striving to use our local products in their cuisines.
Click here for Jen’s recipe for frozen mango sangría, or “Mangría,” 

 Just when we thought there was little more to discover in terms of wines and new wine regions in Spain, enters Cariñena from Aragón, Spain.


While it is one of the oldest protected growing areas in Europe, and the second oldest in Spain since the DO or Denomination of Origin was created in 1932 , it remained promotionally and operationally shy, selling most of their production to better known, more media-oriented appellations, until recently. 


The 1990s was a period of rapid development as small producers joined forces to become cooperatives, striving to adapt the robust wines to a more modern palate. As a result, exports have quadrupled since 1995 and it is now poised to burst unto the world markets with jazzy labels and consumer friendly flavors.


Lyn Farmer, wine director of the iconic wine event Veritage and a renowned wine writer has just returned from Cariñena to tell us all about this old and new wine region located in  the historic province of Aragón, North East of Spain, South of the Pyrennées, in the transitional area between the Iberian System and the Ebro Valley.  Cariñena vineyards – viticulture has been practiced there since 50 BC -  are located between Madrid and Barcelona,  about 50 km southwest of Zaragoza, on a plateau known as the Campo de Cariñena.


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The image that Cariñena  projects today, with its system of coops,  is that of “the next great grape, Garnacha from Cariñena.” The region is the source of the French Carignan grape, which is also grown in Italy, California and several other New World regions.


Listen as Lyn Farmer explains the difference between Cariñena and Garnacha or Grenache and why “Cariñena is the most intriguing combination of old-fashioned and traditional with the rabidly modern.”


Lyn Farmer walks us through a tasting of young and aged wines, Garnacha varietals and blends vinified  in the region, and conjures the image of the red, arid soils swept by hot winds and frozen in cold nights that produce the next iconic wine on America’s tables. 

Listen as Lyn Farmer talks about the wines of Carinena, Aragon, Spain 

 

Uvaggio's owner Craig DeWald and sommelier Heath Porter set up for the Carinena Wine Tasting and Seminar, in Coral Gables

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