TAPAS Tasting Comes a-Knockin'

Do you love the wines of the Iberian Peninsula?

We’re talking about Spanish and Portuguese varieties such as Tempranillo, Albarino, Garnacha, Graciano, Mourvedre, Touriga, Verdelho, Bastardo, et al.

Virtually all of these varieties have been featured at various times by the wine clubs of Vinesse.

But did you know that a select group of American wineries also have embraced these varieties? It’s true, and many of them are proud members of the Tempranillo Advocates, Producers and Amigos Society – TAPAS.

For the fourth straight year, TAPAS will present a special Grand Wine Tasting event in San Francisco. The 2011 edition will take place on June 5 at the Fort Mason Festival Pavilion.

More than 30 producers will be on hand to showcase their wines, which guests will be able to enjoy in a casual walk-around setting.

“We’re excited to be able to create an event where consumers can branch out beyond the common varietals and discover a new world of flavors,” said TAPAS President Jeff Stai of Twisted Oak Winery in Murphys, Calif. “Come join us and have a Spanish inspiration!”

Wine is just part of the event, by the way. A number of local restaurants and other food purveyors will be cooking up tasty items to enjoy with the wines, and Chef Marco Rauch’s paella is certain to be a hit.

For further information on the 2011 TAPAS Grand Wine Tasting, visit: www.tapasociety.org

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