International Tempranillo Day!

Thanks to everyone who celebrated International Tempranillo Day(s) during the week of Thursday, November 8, 2018!

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. 

2018 International Tempranillo Day Events

2018 Lodi Tour of TempranilloFrom November 9-11, don't miss the Lodi Tour of Tempranillo! This annual event includes nine Lodi wineries who will open up their tasting rooms for a self-guided tour. A complimentary guidebook will be available at all the stops, listing special offerings – including some fun, exclusive tastings (verticals of multiple vintages, barrel samples, Tempranillo-friendly foods, etc.) at each winery. Participants will also be able to enter a raffle for each winery they visit. 

There's a wealth of information on the Lodi Wines website. Participants include:

Abacela (Roseburg, OR) will be celebrating all week long, and will present four events to celebrate Thursday, November 8:

At the winery, enjoy the International Tempranillo Day Paella Dinner, 6-8 pm. Contact events@abacela.com or phone 541-679-6642 for reservations.

At Alchemy Restaurant and Bar in Ashland, OR, join Abacela's winemaker, Andrew Wenzl, for a memorable dinner from 6-9 pm - check out the fabulous menu. RSVP directly to Alchemy at (541) 488-1115. $80 per person plus tax and gratuities; $20 per person deposit required. 

In Portland, OR, as part of Taste on 23rd's Tour of the Valley Series, enjoy a complimentary wine tasting with Abacela's Tasting Room bottle pricing! They will be tasting the Albariño, Malbec, Tempranillo and Port. 

And at Carina Lounge in Portland, OR, join Abacela founder Earl Jones from 6-9 pm for an exquisite dinner in northwest Portland. Please RSVP directly to Carina Lounge at (503) 274-1572. $115 per person (gratuity included).

On November 8, Cafe Ba-Ba-Reeba!, Chicago's original tapas restaurant, celebrates with half-priced glasses of Rioja from their vast wine list, in the bar and dining area. Happy Hour is available in the bar area daily from 4-6 pm. 

Also in Chicago, IL, from 6:30-8:30 pm on November 8, The Spanish Square will be celebrating Tempranillo Day in the Bodega with a free wine tasting featuring Bodegas Protos. Stay for dinner and enjoy your market wine purchase with tapas with no cork fee. 

On November 8, 503 Uncorked (Sherwood, OR) celebrates Tempranillo Day with an $18 Wine & Pizza special.

On November 15 from 6-9 pm, Vina Castellano (Auburn, CA) holds their Fall Wine Club Tapas Pick Up Party! Join them for wine, light tapas and friendship as they put away their favorite summer wines and Sangrias and bring out the big reds. This event is limited to 75 people. Please RSVP to teena.vinacastellano@gmail.com.  

Watch this space for more 2018 details and events! We'll be celebrating all during the week of November 8 and through the weekend.

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


A Word about the Date

Going forward, International Tempranillo Day will always be on the second Thursday in November. Thursday was selected to facilitate commercial activities, as most restaurants and bottle shops are too busy on weekend days. The day remains the same but the date varies, thus avoiding future conflicts with Election Day, All Souls' Day, Day of the Dead, All Saints' Day, etc. The second Thursday in November will never be earlier than the 8th nor later than the 14th; thus ITD will not crowd Thanksgiving.

Photos courtesy Marty Johnson and Abacela