TAPAS is back with their annual Tempranillo Advocates, Producers and Amigos Society Grand Wine Tasting on April 27. This is the most extensive tasting of domestically produced Tempranillos and other Iberian varietal wines. Join nearly 40 TAPAS member vintners for the seventh annual Grand Wine Tasting held at the Golden Gate Club at the Presidio in San Francisco from 2:00 to 5:00 p.m.
Consumers will be able to taste Tempranillos, Albariños, Garnachas, Verdelhos, Tourigas, and many other varieties, in a casual walk-around setting where they can chat with the growers and vintners. Explore the diversity of grapes and styles produced across the western United States. Many TAPAS members are limited-production, family-owned wineries and will be pouring small lot wines that are not widely available. Many of the wines will also be available for sale at this event.
TAPAS President Stuart Spencer noted, “The TAPAS Grand Tasting is a unique opportunity for you to discover, savor and celebrate this treasure chest of exotic and delightfully food-friendly wines. You will gain appreciation for what some visionary winegrowers are doing here on American soil. Don’t miss it!”
This year’s event will highlight Tempranillo’s aging potential with a Kickoff Seminar comparing pairs of Aged and New Tempranillos from the same vintner. See one of the reasons why Tempranillo is the fastest growing variety worldwide!
The event schedule is:
- 12:00 Noon - 1:30 p.m. – “Aged Tempranillos” Over the past fifteen years, some of the West’s most cutting-edge winemakers have explored the charm and mystery of Spain’s noble grape grown in American soils. Join Stuart Spencer of St. Amant Winery, Earl Jones of Abacela, Jeff Stai of Twisted Oak Winery, Dorothy Schuler of Bodegas Paso Robles, and Louisa Sawyer-Lindquist of Verdad Wine Cellars as they share their passion, experience, and exquisite Tempranillo wines in this guided tasting. This one-of-a-kind seminar will feature pioneer vintners pulling aged Tempranillos from their cellars to pair with their current release wines. Compare mature and young Tempranillo wines and taste how the world's fastest growing variety mellows with age to become civilized and refined.
- 2:00 - 5:00 p.m. - Consumer Tasting. In conjunction with the walk-around tasting, the TAPAS Wine School (included with admission) will feature these informative consumer-oriented seminars and guided tastings:
- Garnacha/Grenache: Garnacha is the second most widely planted grape variety in Spain, after Tempranillo. This great European wine grape, a major Rhone variety, is also grown extensively in Australia and the United States. It ripens slowly, unlike Tempranillo, and thrives in sunny California and Arizona. Taste an exciting selection of Garnacha wines vinified by premier American wine producers specializing in Iberian grape varietal wines.
- Vino dulce: Sweet and fortified wines from Portuguese and Spanish varieties can make some of the most interesting and long-lived wines to be found. This session will explore some the more interesting and creative efforts being undertaken by TAPAS vintners in creating American versions of these stellar dessert wines.
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