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Heidi Stine
August 15, 2013 | Heidi Stine

javelina leap news

Congratulations to TAPAS member Javelina Leap Vineyard & Winery, from Cornville in Northern Arizona, for winning prestigious awards at the 2013 International Women’s Wine Competition!  

Cynthia Snapp, owner and winemaker at Javelina Leap, has brought home the gold from the 2013 International Women’s Wine Competition held in Sonoma California this past month. 36 top professional and international judges in the wine industry came together for a blind tasting of international wines made by women winemakers.

Javelina Leap’s 2012 100% Arizona Merlot won a gold and took Best Of Class. Only 37 wines out of the 900 wines entered in the competition received a Best In Class Award. In addition, the Javelina Leap 100% Arizona 2011 Zinfandel, Javelina Leap 100% Arizona 2012 Tempranillo, and the Javelina Leap 2011 Syrah, all took silver medals, followed by the Javelina Leap 2011 Prospectors Blend taking bronze.

Cynthia’s wines ousted wines from top wineries in Napa, Sonoma, Russian River Valley, Santa Barbara, Paso Robles, New York, British Columbia, France, Argentina, and Italy to name a few.

Cynthia says “I am so passionate about making wine and work very hard at it. I love my wines and the judges did too, that’s thrilling! I’m delighted and honored to say the least that my wines showed so well amongst the wines made by so many outstanding winemakers. A big heartfelt thank you to my husband, mentor founder, owner and director of Javelina Leap, Rod Snapp, whose inspiration and support allowed my inner winemaker to come shining through.”

About the Competition

The women Winemakers Competition is put on by Women for WineSense and Vineyard & Winery Management. Women for WineSense is in its 25th year of operation. Its mission is to educate and empower women in their careers and purchasing decisions. Memberships range from wine enthusiasts to those actively employed in or seeking to enter the wine industry, and boasts some of the most famous and soon-to-be-famous names in the wine world.

According to a recent article 4/12/13 from Nielsen, women have tremendous spending power in America today. Markets estimate anywhere from $5 trillion to $15 trillion annually...  compelling insight for those curious about who's keeping the economy going these days.

For more information, please contact General Manager Christina Hemingson, (714) 642-5391.

Javelina Leap Vineyard & Winery is located at 1565 Page Springs Road, Cornville, Arizona 86325

They are open daily 11am - 5pm, Saturdays 11am - 6pm.

Heidi Stine
August 1, 2013 | Heidi Stine

strong continuing improvement

Thanks to Richard Jennings of for his article "American Tempranillo: Strong Continuing Improvement."  It includes tasting notes from 71 Tempranillos and Tempranillo blends from 46 American producers!  

Heidi Stine
July 25, 2013 | Heidi Stine

new events announced

See our homepage,, for all the International Albariño Day events taking place between July 31 and August 4, from Florida to California!  And don't forget to send us your event information using the Contact TAPAS page.

Heidi Stine
July 21, 2013 | Heidi Stine

grand tasting review

The report on the recent TAPAS event in San Francisco is now online.  Thanks to Ken Zinns and Al Osterheld for the thoughful commentary and the detailed tasting notes!  

Heidi Stine
June 25, 2013 | Heidi Stine

looking for iberian grapes?

TAPAS member Bokisch Vineyards is both a winery and a grower.  If you're looking for great Iberian grapes, give Markus or Liz Bokisch a call at (209) 334-4338.  Save

Heidi Stine
March 12, 2013 | Heidi Stine

oregon winery of the year

Congratulations to winemaker Andrew Wenzl and TAPAS member Abacela, named Oregon Winery of the Year by Wine Press Northwest!  

After winning Platinum awards for three Iberian varietals - 2011 Albariño, 2011 Grenache Rosé and 2009 Port - in Wine Press Northwest's 2012 Platinum Judging, Abacela was the clear choice for this honor.  Read the full article here.  

Heidi Stine
March 7, 2013 | Heidi Stine

welcome new members

TAPAS welcomes our newest members: 

Be sure to check them out! 

Heidi Stine
October 17, 2012 | Heidi Stine

an american ode to an iberian favorite

Check out "An American ode to an Iberian favorite" by Jon Bonne of the San Francisco Chronicle.  Wines from TAPAS members Bokisch Vineyards, Dos Cabezas WineWorks, Abacela, Clayhouse WinesQuinta Cruz, and Verdad are featured.  

Heidi Stine
August 2, 2012 | Heidi Stine

start chilling those albariños

Less than 48 hours until International Albariño Day!  Open a bottle or two and share your thoughts with the hashtag #AlbarinoFiesta.  And don't miss this article, posted today by Louis Villard at Catavino: "Calbariño: The Future of Albariño in the Golden State of California," including comments from four TAPAS members.