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Dear Dr. Vinny,
I can never remember, is Priorat a region in Spain or the grape?
—Stephanie C., West Palm Beach, Fla.
Priorat is a place, a small, mountainous region southwest of Barcelona. The traditional wines are either 100 percent Garnacha (which is what the Spanish kids call Grenache) or a blend of Garnacha and Cariñena. Sometime in the 1990s Priorat winemakers started blending this old-vine Garnacha and Cariñena with Cabernet Sauvignon and Syrah, and the results are big, bold wines that remind me of cult Napa Valley Cabs—powerful, elegant, and sometimes expensive.
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