Yesterday, we shared information on my favorite of all wine-tasting events — Winesong! — which is held annually in Mendocino County, Calif.
Today, we focus on an event that’s scheduled a little bit south of Mendocino.
If you are a Tempranillo fan, you’ll want to take note of the tasting described in the media release below. It’s coming up in late April…
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TAPAS is pleased to announce the most extensive tasting of domestically produced Tempranillos and other Iberian varietal wines. Join nearly 40 TAPAS member vintners for the 7th annual Grand Wine Tasting, to be held at the Golden Gate Club at the Presidio in San Francisco on Sunday, April 27.
Trade and 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. Many TAPAS members are limited-production, family-owned wineries, and will be pouring small-lot wines that are not widely available.
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.
The event schedule:
• 12 noon-1:30 p.m. — “Tempranillo: Growing Old Gracefully.” This seminar will feature pioneer vintners pulling aged Tempranillos from their cellars to pair with their current release wines. Vintner panelists will share their thoughts on this noble variety while tasting guests on delicious aged Tempranillos. The session will be moderated by Stuart Spencer, owner and winemaker of St. Amant Winery and President of TAPAS.
Tickets are $95 and include early admission to the consumer tasting.
• 2-5 p.m. — Grand Tasting. In conjunction with the walk-around tasting, the TAPAS Wine School (included with admission) will feature informative consumer-oriented seminars and guided tastings.
Tickets are $60 and available at tapas14.eventbrite.com.
Noted Spencer: “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!”