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On behalf of the TAPAS Board, our thoughts and prayers are with the many people and businesses affected by the fires in the Napa/Sonoma area, especially our TAPAS member wineries. Please contact TAPAS if we can be of assistance.

Lodi Winegrape Commission is participating in a joint effort among all California regional wine/winegrape associations to pull together in support of those areas affected by wildfires.  They are disseminating information through joint press releases, social media posts, etc., regarding resources, donation drop offs, and other ways to lend support. 

In addition, participating tasting rooms, restaurants, hotels and all other businesses who sell or otherwise appreciate CA wines have pledged to donate a portion of their proceeds to the fire relief efforts in Mendocino, Napa and Sonoma counties.  Some have pledged to donate $1 per bottle from Oct. 11-31, but that amount is up to individual wineries.  If any of you would like to join these efforts, here are links from  our industry partners to the verified, desired donation sites:

For further information - especially for those in the Lodi area who would like to contribute - please check this Instagram post from the Lodi Winegrape Commission, or visit


Thanks to everyone who joined us for International Albariño Days, August 2-7, 2017!

International Tempranillo Day!

Looking forward to International Tempranillo Day : Thursday, November 9, 2017!

In 2011, TAPAS organized the first annual International Tempranillo Day: A celebration of the Tempranillo grape with all its regional synonyms. We encouraged everyone to open a bottle of Tempranillo, enjoy the fun, and share their experiences online with the hashtag #TempranilloDay or #Tempranillo.  

Tempranillo, indigenous to Spain and used in the great Rioja and Ribera del Duero wines, is planted in 500,000 acres of the world’s vineyards, making it the fourth most planted wine grape, and that would be enough to celebrate.

Until recently, this noble grape’s entire acreage was almost all grown in Spain. Perhaps others were confused by the 60 or more regional synonyms for Tempranillo, which in itself may be a record worth celebrating.

But things have changed: knowledge of this noble grape is rapidly spreading, creating excitement and a spirit of cooperation among adventurous vintners bringing this Old World variety to New World soils. Tempranillo today is grown in many more countries including the United States, Italy, Mexico, New Zealand, Chile, Argentina, South Africa, Australia, France, Portugal, Turkey, Canada, China, Thailand, and more. And that’s why we established International Tempranillo Day.

Some Tempranillo links:

Not ten years ago, Americans couldn’t pronounce the name of our grape.  They can now, and that’s progress, but there is still much more to be taught and learned about this noble grape. Remember Tempranillo is the last of the world’s major grapes to be produced in America at the level of excellence!  So we will continue to hold International Tempranillo Day on an annual basis. 

International Tempranillo Day Events

Lodi Tour of Tempranillo

Thirteen of Lodi’s wineries are celebrating International Tempranillo Day the second weekend in November, from Friday, November 10 to Sunday, November 12, 2017. The Lodi Tour of Tempranillo is an event focused on tasting this red wine from a number of different producers in Lodi. Lodi growers pride themselves on a diverse collection of wine grapes. As the Wine Enthusiast’s 2015 Wine Region of the Year, Lodi was recognized for that diversity and experimentation. Tempranillo may be well known among wine bloggers and Spanish wine aficionados, but it is just starting to attract the attention of the American consumer. Try something new, discover Tempranillo! Visit any one of the participating wineries to collect a complimentary guidebook and begin your exploration of the Lodi Tour of Tempranillo. Each winery will have a different offering and many will offer special tastings only available at this event. #TempranilloDay #Tempranillo

About the wine grape variety, Tempranillo: Tempranillo is often referred to as the “Cabernet” of Spain due to its widespread planting and its noble status as the backbone of Spanish reds. It is actually the 4th most planted wine grape in the world. However, here in California we are just getting to know it. Less than 1000 acres of Tempranillo are planted in California. Tempranillo is fondly known by many names such as Ull de Llebre “Eye of the Hare”, Cencibel, Valdepenas and Tinta del Pais. It has thick and tannic skins that add a complexity of aromas and color to the finished wine. It is a consummate blender, sharing and enhancing the profile of wines made from other varieties. Taste Tempranillo and you will taste the heart and soul of Spain.

About the participating wineries The following 13 Lodi based wineries are producing a Tempranillo wine and are participating in this weekend long event. Visitors can stop by any of these tasting rooms to start their self-guided tour. The complimentary guidebook will be available at all participating wineries and it will list special offerings by each winery. Visitors can plan ahead with the Google Maps “Lodi Tour of Tempranillo Wineries”

  • Bokisch Vineyards, 18921 Atkins Rd., Lodi, CA
  • d’Art Wines, 13299 Curry Ave., Lodi, CA
  • Dancing Coyote Wines, 3125 East Orange St., Acampo, CA
  • Durst Winery, 10173 East Acampo Rd., Acampo, CA
  • Estate Crush, 2 W. Lockeford St., Lodi, CA
  • Fields Family Wines, 3803 E. Woodbridge Rd., Acampo, CA
  • Heritage Oak Winery, 10112 E Woodbridge Rd., Acampo, CA
  • m2 Wines, 2900 East Peltier Rd., Acampo, CA
  • McCay Cellars, 1370 E Turner Rd., Lodi CA
  • McConnell Estates Winery, 10686 W Stockton Blvd., Elk Grove, CA
  • Riaza Wines, 20 West Elm St., Lodi, CA
  • St. Amant Winery, 1 Winemaster Way Suite I, Lodi, CA
  • Toasted Toad Cellars, 21 E Elm St., Lodi, CA 

Watch this space for 2017 details and events! We'll be celebrating all during the week of November 9 and through the weekend.

If you're interested in organizing an event or becoming a sponsor, please contact TAPAS!


Photos courtesy Marty Johnson and Abacela


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