TAPAS Grand Wine Tasting 2014
Sunday, April 27, 2014 from 2:00 PM to 5:00 PM (PDT)
The Tempranillo Advocates, Producers and Amigos Society (TAPAS) is hosting their seventh annual Grand Wine Tasting of domestically-produced Tempranillos, Albariños, Garnachas, Verdelhos, and many more, from the wine regions of the western United States. Grapes native to the Iberian Peninsula produce some of the hottest-selling wines on the market right now, but not many people know that there are excellent and unique domestic versions being grown, too. Many TAPAS members are limited-production, family-owned wineries and will be pouring small lot wines that are not widely available. This year the event will be held at the Golden Gate Club at the Presidio on Sunday, April 27, 2014.
From 2:00 to 5:00 pm consumers will have an opportunity to taste wines produced by TAPAS members from grape varieties indigenous to Spain and Portugal that are now cultivated in America, in a casual walk-around setting where they may chat with the growers and producers.
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. Tickets are $95 and include early admission to the Consumer Tasting.
- 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: Taste rare dessert wines crafted by top American winemakers in a variety of styles, including a Graciano dessert wine, and port-style wines from grapes such as Tinta Roriz, Tinta Cão, and Touriga Naçional.
Wine will be available for sale at this event.
For directions to the Golden Gate Club, click here.
Attendees must be 21 years of age or older and present ID at the door. This means NO CHILDREN and NO BABIES IN STROLLERS.
Please bring your confirmation email to the event. Event tickets are NON-REFUNDABLE. NO EXCEPTIONS.
This event is non-smoking and fragrance free.
The planners and sponsors of this event claim no liability for the acts of any suppliers to the event, nor for the safety of any attendee while in transit to or from this event.
TAPAS reserves the right to cancel this event without penalty.
Please remember, wine tasting must be done in a responsible manner.
Please don't drink and drive.
Thank you for your cooperation.
Thanks to our Grand Wine Tasting sponsors!
TAPAS gratefully acknowledges the excellent support of our sponsors and food providers! Be sure to check them out!
- Abacela Vineyards and Winery, Roseburg, OR
- Baiocchi Wines & Vineyards, Fair Play, CA
- Berryessa Gap Vineyards, Winters, CA
- Bodega del Sur, Pacifica, CA
- Bodegas Paso Robles, Paso Robles, CA
- Bokisch Vineyards, Victor, CA
- Caduceus Cellars, Jerome, AZ
- Castoro Cellars, Templeton, CA
- Clayhouse Wines, Paso Robles, CA
- CORE Wine Company, Santa Maria, CA
- Dancing Coyote Wines, Rio Vista, CA
- Dos Cabezas WineWorks, Sonoita, AZ
- Dubost Winery, Paso Robles, CA
- Fenestra Winery, Livermore, CA
- Gordian Knot Winery, Healdsburg, CA
- Harney Lane Winery, Lodi, CA
- HillCrest Vineyard & Winery, Roseburg, OR
- Inner Sanctum Cellars, Sonora, CA
- Irwin Family Vineyards, Napa, CA
- Kenneth Volk Vineyards, Santa Maria, CA
- Longoria Wines, Los Olivos, CA
- Martian Ranch & Vineyard, Los Alamos, CA
- Morgan Winery/Lee Family Farm, Salinas, CA
- Pierce Ranch Vineyards, Lockwood, CA
- Quinta Cruz, Felton, CA
- Riaza Wines, Acampo, CA
- Six Sigma Winery, Lower Lake, CA
- St. Amant Winery, Lodi, CA
- Starr Ranch, Paso Robles, CA
- Tangent & Trenza Wineries, San Luis Obispo, CA
- Tejada Vineyard Company, El Cerrito, CA
- Triple Oak Vineyard, Oakland, OR
- Turkovich Family Wines, Winters, CA
- Twisted Oak Winery, Vallecito, CA
- Upper Five Vineyard, Talent, OR
- Verdad Wine Cellars, Los Olivos, CA
- Vina Castellano, Auburn, CA
- Vinateria Idilico, Woodinville, WA
- Vincent Arroyo Winery, Calistoga, CA
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Tempranillo Advocates Producers and Amigos Society (TAPAS)
TAPAS – Tempranillo Advocates, Producers and Amigos Society – is a nonprofit trade association of over one hundred wineries, growers, and amigos, whose mission is to promote Tempranillo and other varietal wine grapes native to the Iberian Peninsula, and wines produced from them in North America.
Tempranillo is the sixth most widely planted grape in the world, and the foundation of the red wines from Rioja and Ribera del Duero in Spain. Over the last eighteen years, a number of American growers and producers have discovered or re-discovered Tempranillo, along with other Spanish and Portuguese varieties like Albariño, Graciano, Garnacha and Verdelho, as well as the grapes used in Port, such as Touriga Naçional. During the same period, Spanish culture and cuisine have become more familiar to the public. Through tastings, seminars, press coverage, and the Internet, TAPAS aims to capitalize on this trend, raising consumer awareness of the food-friendly wines made from Iberian varieties, and providing broader exposure for the typically smaller, limited-production wineries making them.