TAPAS Grand Wine Tasting
Sunday, June 5, 2011 from 2:00 PM to 5:00 PM (PDT)
The Tempranillo Advocates, Producers and Amigos Society (TAPAS) is hosting the most extensive annual tasting of domestically produced Spanish and Portuguese varietal wines in North America, for the fourth year, in San Francisco. 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. Trade and general consumers will have the unique opportunity to sample wines from over 40 participating wineries and learn about varieties like Tempranillo, Albariño, Garnacha, Graciano, Mourvedre, Touriga, Verdelho, Bastardo and more. 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 Fort Mason Herbst Pavilion on Sunday, June 5, 2011.
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. These delightful domestic wines originate in Arizona, California, Oregon, and Washington State. Small samples of food designed to pair with the Iberian varieties will be available from local restaurants and food purveyors from around the Bay Area.
This year, TAPAS welcomes Chef James Campbell Caruso from La Boca Restaurant, Santa Fe, NM, who will be serving a tapa during the event. La Boca was chosen “Santa Fe’s Best Tapas” by Travel and Leisure, and has been featured on "Giada's Weekend Getaways" on the Food Network.
Our 2011 Charitable Partner will be the Greater Bay Area Make-A-Wish Foundation®, which will receive the proceeds from our silent auction of special wines, crystal decanters and other great items!
Tickets for the consumer tasting are $60 at the door, or $40 in advance at tapas4.eventbrite.com. For directions to the Fort Mason Center, visit www.fortmason.org. Note that parking at Fort Mason is limited, and we suggest you take public transportation if at all possible. Fort Mason can be reached by Muni bus lines 28 or 22.
Attendees must be 21 years of age or older and present ID at the door. 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.
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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.