follow the nuevo spanish wine trail!
Heidi Stine
January 11, 2012 | Heidi Stine

meet us at unified

Please join us for the TAPAS 2012 Membership Meeting and Reception on Wednesday, January 25, from 6:30 - 8:00 pm in the Scandal Lounge of the Citizen Hotel.  Members, prospective members, Sancho Panza Society members, and guests are all invited.  Click here for details.  We hope to see you there!  

Time Posted: Jan 11, 2012 at 6:38 PM
Heidi Stine
January 7, 2012 | Heidi Stine

tapas members featured

TAPAS members were featured on the Downtown Birmingham/Bloomfield website.  The article "Toast the Unusual," by Eleanor and Ray Heald, focuses on "obscure and unexpected" varieties including Malvasia Bianca, Verdelho, Albariño, Tempranillo, and others.  It reviews wines from TAPAS members Tangent, Curran, Abacela, Bray, Bodegas Paso Robles, and Trenza.  

Time Posted: Jan 7, 2012 at 11:14 AM
Heidi Stine
November 16, 2011 | Heidi Stine

tempranillos al mundo winners

Congratulations to three TAPAS members who were winners in the 7th Tempranillos al Mundo competition being held this week in New York City! 

Stay tuned for more news from the event. 

Time Posted: Nov 16, 2011 at 10:30 AM
Heidi Stine
October 24, 2011 | Heidi Stine

congratulations to hovey wine

Congratulations to TAPAS member Chuck Hovey of Hovey Wine!  His 2009 Tempranillo - Rolleri Cuvee was rated 90 by Wine Enthusiast Magazine.  

Here's some background, courtesy of the Hovey Wine online store:

In 1995 the Rolleri family planted one of the first Tempranillo vineyards in California on their ranch just above Angels Camp in Calaveras County with assistance from then-Stevenot winemaker, Chuck Hovey. Chuck made the first vintage for Stevenot Winery in 1998, one of the few flagships to reintroduce Tempranillo to California. The 2008 vintage, now under his own label, is the 11th consecutive year he has made Tempranillo from grapes from this vineyard.

The wine exhibits all the classic Rioja and Ribera del Duero blueberry and cigar box fruit profiles that make this Spanish variety so complex and intriguing. The grapes were gently crushed and fermented in small open fermenters and pressed off to small French and American oak barrels for barrel aging for 18 months prior to bottling in May 2009. Mocha, licorice and blackberry and concentrated flavors of blueberry mingle with creamy oak and a silky layer of soft tannins to produce an exquisite experience for the palate, paired especially well with roasted meats and rich dishes. 

Time Posted: Oct 24, 2011 at 8:21 PM
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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Time Posted: Sep 11, 2011 at 7:33 AM