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International Albariño Day
August 1, 2015
TAPAS announces the fourth International Albariño Day, August 1, 2015: 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.
International Albariño Day was inspired by the Albariño Wine Festival 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
These TAPAS wineries have planned Albariño Release Parties for August 1:
Abacela in Roseburg, OR celebrates Thursday through Sunday with complimentary tastings of their 2014 Albariño and 2013 Albariño Roble. Enjoy a Spanish-focused Cheese Plate or "Cambados" Plaza Plate available from the kitchen all four days. Other Abacela festivities include:
- Thursday 7/30 - Check out the Albariño informative display in the Bacchus Room.
- Friday 7/31 - Pizza Friday starts early (12-6:30 pm) with Albariño inspired pizzas, hot from the Spanish horno oven.
- Friday 7/31 - Take the Yellow Capsule Wagon Tour at 3 pm with focus on Albariño blocks in the vineyard. Learn how and where Abacela grows Albariño and why the property is perfectly matched for the varietal.
- Saturday 8/1 - Special Lunch Menu: Seafood & Artichoke Paella with Green Salad, Verjus Dressing $17
- Saturday 8/1 - Live music with Jason Heald, 12-4pm
- Sunday 8/2 - Live music with Neil Johnson, 12-4pm
Niven Family Wine Estates (Trenza and Tangent Wineries) in San Luis Obispo, CA will observe Albariño Day's Eve, July 31st, from 5-7 p.m. with music and food in celebration, and wine for sale by the glass and bottle. Tony Harmon will play the Spanish guitar, and the Pairing Knife food truck will have wonderful dishes prepared for purchase, including a special dish paired with the 2013 Tangent Albariño.
Sangria Spanish Tapas Bar, located at 3 Victoria Lane, Bendigo, Victoria, Australia, will celebrate the day by offering diners a complimentary Albariño tasting, and the rare opportunity to purchase all of their Albariños by the glass. In addition to the usual menu which pairs beautifully with Albariño, there will also be a special selection of Albariño-inspired dishes and even an Albariño sangria! It’s a great night to expand your Albariño palate! With tables available from 6pm, bookings are highly recommended to avoid disappointment. For more details, call Sangria at +61354435055 or see their website.
Watch this space for more details and events! If you're interested in organizing an event or becoming a sponsor, please contact TAPAS!