thanks to our survey respondents
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!
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.