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TAPAS member Longoria Wines, in Los Olivos, CA, will be participating in a series of events celebrating the tenth anniversary of the Sta. Rita Hills AVA, including winemaker dinners, seminars, open houses, barrel tastings and more. The events take place Friday-Sunday, August 12-14. Click here for more information.
I'm looking for six TAPAS wineries to participate in an International Tempranillo Day event with William Allen of Simple Hedonisms, www.simplehedonisms.com. He is located in Fulton, CA, just north of Santa Rosa. On Chardonnay Day, he did a tasting of wineries at his greenhouse, and there was no charge for the tables - there was just a $5 donation to pay for food.
He would like six TAPAS wineries to do the same thing on International Tempranillo Day. Please let me know if you would be interested in pouring there on September 1, and I can send further details. You can contact me by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone.
On June 21, 2011, Pavle Milic, Food and Wine Geek and co-owner of FnB Restaurant in Scottsdale, AZ, hosted a dinner featuring TAPAS member Kent Callaghan of Callaghan Vineyards, along with some wines that inspired him or sparked his curiosity.
Here's a great article about the event, with tasting notes from Kent and his illustrious Arizona friends:
P.S. Tonight (June 28), FnB presents another dinner with the same format, featuring TAPAS member Todd Bostock of Dos Cabezas WineWorks!
Mike Dunne, author of A Year in Wine, attended the Amador County Fair on June 4 and the TAPAS Grand Wine Tasting on June 5. He picked some favorite whites at both events - all from TAPAS members!
Read the article at:
Career wine professional Randy Caparoso shares his notes on the 2011 TAPAS Grand Wine Tasting at:
TAPAS thanks Randy (who also writes for Sommelier Journal) for presenting the Albariño pairings during the cooking demonstration with Chef James Campbell Caruso on June 5.
La Boca is a tapas restaurant/wine bar featuring a Spanish-inspired menu, and has won almost every local award in Santa Fe. La Boca was chosen “Santa Fe’s Best Tapas” by Travel and Leisure and has been featured on "Giada's Weekend Getaways" on the Food Network.
Working with La Boca's Wine Director, Adam Johnson, Chef Caruso was one of only five finalists vying to represent the U.S. in the 2011 Copa Jerez food and Sherry pairing competition. This event is sponsored by the Sherry Council in Jerez, Spain, and includes national chef-sommelier teams from around the world with their most innovative recipes and Sherry pairings. Chef Caruso was also a James Beard nominee for Best Chef in the Southwest in every year from 2006-2010.
We're thrilled to have Chef Caruso as part of our 2011 event!
TAPAS is proud to announce that music at the June 5 Grand Wine Tasting will be provided by Spanish Nights, an exciting new Flamenco ensemble based in Lodi, California. Performing all over Northern California, Spanish Nights has created a solid following and regularly appears for special events and wineries throughout the area.
Founded by local talent, Jesse Christian Hendricks, the group performs romantic originals and popular Nuevo Flamenco covers that are enjoyable for all audiences. The music is a synthesis of Flamenco pop, Latin Ballads and other Spanish-style forms that are beautifully complimented by pulsating rhythm guitars and upbeat Latin percussion.
You can follow Spanish Nights by visiting www.jessechendricks.com .
We can't wait to hear them live! Tickets to the Grand Wine Tasting are available at tapas4.eventbrite.com .