International Albariño Days!
August 3-8, 2016
TAPAS announces the fifth International Albariño Days, August 3-8, 2016: A celebration of the Albariño grape. We are encouraging everyone to open a bottle of Albariño, enjoy the fun, and share their experiences online with the hashtag #AlbarinoFiesta.
In past years we celebrated only one day, but for 2016 we will be celebrating for a whole week - to coincide with the Fiesta del Albariño 2016 held in the small coastal town of Cambados, Spain during the first week of August. Albariño is traditionally grown in Rias Baixas, a wine region in Galicia in northwestern Spain, and produces crisp, acidic white wines ideal for summer evenings and seafood pairings. It is also grown in Portugal, where it is known as Alvarinho. Now it is being grown in North America, so we’re celebrating with International Albariño Day.
Whether or not you attend an organized event, use #AlbarinoFiesta to connect with fellow Albariño enthusiasts worldwide!
International Albariño Day Events
Watch this space for details and events! If you're interested in organizing an event or becoming a sponsor, please contact TAPAS!
Paso Robles Albariño Summit!
The First Paso Robles Albariño Summit will take place Monday, June 13th from 5:30-7:30 pm at Brecon Estates in Paso Robles. Paso Robles now has 18 Albariño producers, and its southern neighbor San Luis Obispo is the home of Paragon Vineyards, the largest Albariño vineyard on the West Coast. This is the first such meeting of Albariño producers in the USA, and is planned as a tasting event with an educational seminar.
Participating wineries include TAPAS members Bodegas Paso Robles and Verdad; in addition, about 14 other wineries are expected to pour. The seminar speakers include Alan Kinne (the Johnny Appleseed of Albariño), Scott Williams (vineyard manager at Paragon), Ian Adamo (sommelier from Bistro Laurent), and a Portuguese expert on the history and viticulture of the varietal on the Iberian peninsula.
Tapas and wine will be included in the cost of the ticket, which will be available on EventBrite the second week of April. Ticket prices are $35 for the tasting only, and $50 for the tasting and seminar. Classical Spanish guitar will accompany the tasting.
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