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After winning Platinum awards for three Iberian varietals - 2011 Albariño, 2011 Grenache Rosé and 2009 Port - in Wine Press Northwest's 2012 Platinum Judging, Abacela was the clear choice for this honor. Read the full article here.
Check out "Celebrate Texas Tempranillo internationally on Nov. 8," with mentions of Fall Creek Vineyards and Pedernales Cellars.
Less than 48 hours until International Albariño Day! Open a bottle or two and share your thoughts with the hashtag #AlbarinoFiesta. And don't miss this article, posted today by Louis Villard at Catavino: "Calbariño: The Future of Albariño in the Golden State of California," including comments from four TAPAS members.
Congratulations to one of our newest members, Oregon's Kriselle Cellars, who received a Double-Gold ranking for their Cabernet and a Silver for their 2009 Rogue Valley Tempranillo at the San Francisco International Wine Competition in June 2012. Read all about it here!
Are any of the members growing fruit in the San Antonio Valley in California? TAPAS member Dave Corey (CORE wine company) is looking for fruit. Please contact him at:
TAPAS member Newsom Vineyards announces three events for late April 2012:
First, Newsom Grape Day is scheduled for the 27th of April and will be held at Neal Newsom’s barn. This year the slate of speakers will be highlighted by Dr. Andy Walker. Dr. Walker is considered to be one of the foremost experts on rootstocks and has developed a line of nematode resistant rootstocks. Dr. Walker will be touring several vineyards in the region prior to Newsom Grape Day as well. Other speakers at this year’s event include Dr. Richard Becker, Roy Mitchell, Lou Bright and Mike Sipowicz.
Second, don’t forget the star party on Friday night, April 27 as well! This is always a great event and this year is possibly one of the best Neal has ever put together!
If you are interested in renting a booth please contact Neal at 806-456-7885 or email@example.com and don’t forget to bring your checkbook for the silent auction. As always the proceeds will go to the Hoss Newsom Scholarship.
Third, the High Plains Vineyard Tour. One change from past years is that the tour that has typically been on the day before Newsom’s event will be held on the day after it this year. The tour will be on the 28th of April and will start at the Mallet Center in Levelland, TX. This year the tour will include a box lunch and a post tour Gala! The Gala is set to include a wine tasting, live music, a three course meal and a silent auction. It is going to be something that you will not want to miss! This year you will need to have a ticket (FREE) for the Gala. To reserve your ticket you can contact Steve Newsom at 806-638-6962 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to call:
High Plains and West Texas Viticulture Advisor
Texas AgriLife Extension