Carinena, a Budget-Friendly Spanish Wine Region to Explore

Acquaint yourself with Carinena, which is the name of a Spanish town, the appellation around it, and a grape variety
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(Michael Tercha/Chicago Tribune)

From carinena varietal wines, expect un-whimpy, brightly acidic, high-alcohol, deep dark wines with substantial body.

A not-so-well-known, budget-friendly wine region in northeastern Spain has had me thinking a lot lately about the 1970s rock bands Black Sabbath and Bad Company.

Surely there must be other groups besides those two that could serve as the answer to that old rock 'n' roll trivia question: "Which band shares its name with one of its albums and a song title on that album."

There are scads of bands that have named albums after themselves and even some who have penned self-referential songs. But the trifecta — "Black Sabbath" by Black Sabbath on the "Black Sabbath" album — is rare. I'm going to forgo typing out the Bad Company example because I think you get the picture.

Run with it, and see which other three-peats you can recall. Or if you're really into internet trivia research, go that route. While you're on your quest, think about also acquainting yourself with Carinena, which is the name of a Spanish town, the appellation around it and the grape variety that goes into making a fair amount of its wine. This is the grape known as carignan in France, and carignane in California (and carignano in Italy, as long as we're talking).

Click here to read more about Carinena in the Chicago Tribune.

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