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Randy Caparoso, writer for Sommelier Journal, shared some photos from Septempranillo!, a panel presentation and tasting of Tempranillo at Thomas Hill Organics in Paso Robles on International Tempranillo Day, September 1. Here they are, along with his comments. Thanks Randy!
The Semptempranillo! seminar held in Paso Robles: 90 enlightening minutes of all-things-Tempranillo...
Ken Volk (Kenneth Volk Vineyards) showed off his extraordinary bright, sophisticated, meaty, yet fluidly textured Starr Ranch (Paso Robles) and John Smith Vineyard (San Benito) Tempranillos... — with Louisa Sawyer Lindquist.
At Septempranillo!, the '08 Verdad Sawyer-Lindquist Tempranillo (Louisa and Bob Lindquist's Biodynamic estate vineyard in Edna Valley) was bursting at the seams with positively bright, juicy raspberry and Bing cherry aromas and flavors; whereas the '09 Santa Ynez Valley Tempranillo (purple label) was lighter and leaner (yet sprightly) despite injection of 6% Syrah...
Raquel González Benito, the Mayor of Aranda in the Ribera del Duero, likes American Tempranillo - and her new sombrero!
TAPAS Board member Earl Jones of Abacela visited Aranda last week and got his picture, with the mayor, in the daily paper. He presented the mayor with some great TAPAS wine and a new hat, and she presented him with a sculpture.
Aranda de Duero is a Sister City of Roseburg, Oregon, home of Abacela.
Have a look at a nice article from Rick Fisher, aka "Spanish Wine Guy." Rick runs Bodega: Adventures in Spanish Food & Wine, a great source of information on wine from all over Spain. He discovered some nice American Tempranillos on International Tempranillo Day.
On September 1, the Olympia Wine Tasting Bar will host a celebration of International Tempranillo Day, and then on September 8, there will be a Seattle celebration at Wine World Warehouse with a panel discussion, tasting, and tapas from Restaurant Tango. For more details, follow the links below or see the full listing of events at www.internationaltempranilloday.com .
This isn't the sort of thing that is normally pre-announced, but we wanted our members and friends to know that wine.woot and TAPAS have gotten together for a very special Tempranillo sale just in time for International Tempranillo Day on Sept 1st.
As far as we know, this is the first time that wine.woot (at least) has done anything like this to support a "varietal day." So, we're in uncharted waters and we'll be reporting back here with how it went. In the meantime, starting tonight (Tuesday, August 9) at 10:01pm PDT, please check out wine.woot.com for all the fun. (And if you decide to spread the word - thanks!)
In the United States and Canada combined, our best estimate is that there are about 2,000 hectares (a little over 4,900 acres) of Tempranillo planted.
We're always trying to get a handle on this number, so if you have any updates or other sources for this information, please comment below or use the contact form to let us know. Thanks!