follow the nuevo spanish wine trail!

thanks to our survey respondents

Heidi Stine
October 7, 2011 | Heidi Stine

tapas amigo on page 1 of usa today

TAPAS Amigo member Greg Jones of Cascade Environmental Geographics and Southern Oregon University was quoted in today's front-page article "Taste this: Climate change may redraw wine regions."  Greg has been doing research on the effects of climate change on wine grapes for over ten years, and was listed by Decanter Magazine as one of the 50 most influential people in the world of wine.  

Time Posted: Oct 7, 2011 at 4:43 AM
Heidi Stine
September 25, 2011 | Heidi Stine

7th annual tempranillos al mundo

TAPAS is proud to be a sponsor of the Seventh Annual Tempranillos al Mundo (Tempranillos to the World) international competition, organized by the Spanish Federation of Associations of Enologists (FEAE), with support from Vibrant Rioja, La Rioja Capital, Wines from Spain, and TAPAS.  

The event takes place November 14-16, 2011 in New York City.  

More information, along with regulations and entry forms for the competition, can be found at

Tempranillos al Mundo

Time Posted: Sep 25, 2011 at 7:09 PM
Heidi Stine
September 19, 2011 | Heidi Stine

pouring st.amant wines in arizona

Stuart Spencer of St. Amant

Stuart Spencer, of St.Amant Winery in Lodi, California, will be pouring his wines at various Total Wine locations in Arizona from September 22-25.  The schedule is:

Thursday, 9/22 from 2-6 pm at the Gilbert store in San Tan Village, 2224 E. Williams Field Rd., Gilbert, AZ 85295

Friday, 9/23 from 12-2:30 pm at the Glendale store in Arrowhead Gateway, 17550 N. 75th Avenue, Glendale, AZ 85308

Friday, 9/23 from 3:30-7 pm at the Camelback store, 1670 E. Camelback, Phoenix, AZ 85016

Saturday, 9/24 from 12-5 pm at the Desert Ridge store in Desert Ridge Marketplace, 21001 N. Tatum Blvd., Suite 12, Phoenix, AZ 85050

Sunday, 9/25 from 1-4 pm at the Tempe store in the Emerald Center, 8544 South Emerald Dr., Tempe, AZ 85284 

Stop by and tell him TAPAS sent you!  

Time Posted: Sep 19, 2011 at 8:49 PM
Heidi Stine
September 15, 2011 | Heidi Stine

people went nuts

People went nuts on International Tempranillo Day...

Snapping a Tempranillo

Time Posted: Sep 15, 2011 at 4:13 PM
Heidi Stine
September 11, 2011 | Heidi Stine

photos from septempranillo in paso robles

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!  

Septempranillo at Thomas Hill Organics

The Semptempranillo! seminar held in Paso Robles: 90 enlightening minutes of all-things-Tempranillo...

Ken Volk at Septempranillo

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.

Verdad at Septempranillo

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...

Time Posted: Sep 11, 2011 at 8:06 AM
Heidi Stine
September 11, 2011 | Heidi Stine

mayor of aranda likes american tempranillo

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.  

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Diario de Burgos - Story Continued

Time Posted: Sep 11, 2011 at 7:33 AM
Heidi Stine
September 4, 2011 | Heidi Stine

bodega spanish wine celebrates i.t.d.

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.  

Bodega: Adventures in Spanish Food & Wine

Time Posted: Sep 4, 2011 at 8:01 PM
Heidi Stine
August 26, 2011 | Heidi Stine

new members for august

TAPAS would like to welcome our newest members!  

WCP Cellars, making wines from Paso Robles and the Central Coast, and 

DeWitt Vineyard / 3DW Ranch, growers located in Amador Country just outside of the Shenandoah Valley.

Please check them out!  

Time Posted: Aug 26, 2011 at 8:41 AM
Heidi Stine
August 15, 2011 | Heidi Stine

Washington State events announced

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 .  

September 1 event at Olympia Wine Tasting Bar

September 8 event at Seattle Wine World Warehouse

Time Posted: Aug 15, 2011 at 1:57 PM
Heidi Stine
August 9, 2011 | Heidi Stine

flash sale of tempranillo

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 for all the fun. (And if you decide to spread the word - thanks!)

Time Posted: Aug 9, 2011 at 5:28 PM