Get Fired Up for Spanish Garnacha El Bombero means ‘the firefighter’ – a fitting name for this warming, full-flavored Garnacha. For lovers of big, smooth reds, El Bombero is a top choice. No wonder Spain’s El Bombero is a regular Top 10 favorite. For over 20 years, fans have sought it out for its winning combination of 15% power and velvety richness more usually associated with pricier reds such as the Rhône’s Châteauneuf du Pape. It comes from Cariñena, a hot, arid region of Spain where sun-loving grapes like Garnacha (same as Châteauneuf’s Grenache) achieve amazing ripeness. Ancient vines and a lack of rain means fewer grapes, which in turn means far more flavor intensity. Exhibit A: El Bombero. There are no fancy châteaux around Cariñena, but, as Decanter magazine notes, that doesn’t stop it being home to some of the best value reds in the world. From award winning winemaker Javier Domeque, El Bombero is packed with spicy black fruit power and a warm glow. Delicious on its own and a tasty choice for casseroles, full flavored pasta dishes, herby roast sausages and mash, and, of course, barbecues.