follow the nuevo spanish wine trail!
Heidi Stine
June 10, 2014 | Heidi Stine

TAPAS by the Bay

Nancy Rodriguez writes that "Umpqua Valley shines at national Tempranillo tasting."  See her article here, from the June 2014 Oregon Wine Press.

Time Posted: Jun 10, 2014 at 4:01 PM
Heidi Stine
March 2, 2014 | Heidi Stine

550 g of 2013 verdejo for sale

550G of 2013 Verdejo for Sale

Sustainably farmed in Clarksburg and dominated by notes of bright tropical fruit and a touch of minerality. It's a great wine (either on its own or as part of a blend)...we've just got more than we need for our own program. Email Rick Taylor, winemaker ( for the particulars.

Time Posted: Mar 2, 2014 at 2:03 PM
Heidi Stine
February 17, 2014 | Heidi Stine

kickoff seminar announcement

TAPAS 2014 Grand Wine Tasting

This year’s event will highlight Tempranillo’s aging potential with a Kickoff Seminar from 12-1:30 pm comparing pairs of Aged and New Tempranillos from the same vintner.  See one of the reasons why Tempranillo is the fastest growing variety worldwide! 

This one-of-a-kind seminar will feature pioneer vintners pulling aged Tempranillos from their cellars to pair with their current release wines.  Vintner panelists will share their thoughts on this noble variety while tasting guests on delicious aged Tempranillos.  The session will be moderated by Stuart Spencer, owner and winemaker of St.Amant Winery and President of TAPAS.  Tickets are $95 and include early admission to the consumer tasting.

Time Posted: Feb 17, 2014 at 7:05 PM
Heidi Stine
December 4, 2013 | Heidi Stine

holiday open house at st.amant

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Please join us for our Holiday Open House, December 7-8, 2013 from 12:00PM – 4:00PM. We will be featuring several new wines including the 2012 Marian’s Zin, 2012 Speakeasy Red, and 2011 Tempranillo. We'll have some delicious foods to complement the wines including the infamous Lockeford sausages and my sister's decadent Bootleg Brownies. We've also made it an annual tradition to open a few bottles of aged Vintage Ports. These wines, some dating back to the mid 1980's, are a real treat and absolutely delicious. We hope you can join us!


2012 Speakeasy Red

This is our 2nd vintage of our Speakeasy Red – a wine inspiredBootlegPoster_18x24 2 and created for our wine club. It’s a fun wine to make. We throw out all the rules and simply go through all our barrels and put together the best blend that we can. This year’s wine is once again about 65% Marian’s Vineyard Zinfandel, followed by Barbera, Tempranillo, Souzao, and the “secret ingredient.” As you know, it couldn’t rightfully bear the “Speakeasy” name without a secret ingredient. Needless to say, we think it makes a pretty good wine – ripe and juicy, with vibrant fruit flavors, and underling spice complement a rich full-bodied mouthfeel. $24/bottle, 494 Cases

Bootleg Society Posters
Looking for an original gift for your wine loving friends? Check out our new Bootleg Society poster above. The posters are printed on high quality paper and are 18 x 24 inches. $20/poster

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2012 Marian's Vineyard Old Vine Zinfandel

MZ Aug 2012In 2012 Marian’s Vineyard celebrated her 111th birthday by producing nearly 4 tons to the acre across her 8.3 acres. This is quite a remarkable feat for such an old vineyard, and a testament to why it’s still farmed today. Contrast that with 2010 and 2011 where the vineyard only eeked out 1 ½ - 2 tons/acre. Most growers would consider 4 tons/acre a paltry crop, but for us it was a welcome site after two very light years. The resulting wine is still a classic Marian’s Vineyard Zin with – big and bold, with concentrated fruit flavors, and richness that lingers on the palate. As always, it’s one mother of a Zin. $24/bottle, 403 cases produced.

St.Amant Winery
Happy Holidays!

Stuart Spencer
St.Amant Winery
(209) 367-0646
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Time Posted: Dec 4, 2013 at 6:19 PM
Heidi Stine
October 23, 2013 | Heidi Stine

winters' harvest festival celebration

Downtown Winters businesses join in the Harvest Festival Celebration

On Friday, October 25, businesses in downtown Winters, California will be taking part in the Harvest Festival celebration. Local producers will be selling fresh produce, eggs, olive oil, honey and more. Resident arts and crafts people will offer handmade candles, soaps, lotions, cards and other unique products that would make ideal gifts this holiday season.  The Winters FFA will have their pumpkins for sale in time for Halloween. Live music at the Harvest Festival will be provided by local bluegrass and country favorites, the “Miss Lonely Hearts.” 

Visual and performance artist Matthew Harrel will be out in front of RootStock showcasing his art. Matthew is know as the "coffee artist" - he has several amazing paintings all created using liquid coffee, made from a variety of coffee bean types to vary the brown-black tones. In September, Matthew participated in the Winters celebration of Tempranillo known as "Tempfest" and used the Spanish wine Tempranillo to create his art. 

This Friday, October 25 from 5:30-8pm Matt will have a booth in front of Rootstock demonstrating his art techniques and offering the public a chance to participate in the process of creating coffee art. TAPAS member Berryessa Gap Vineyards hosts its final Sunset Summer Series street food event to coincide with the Harvest Festival. Anderson Family Catering will be cooking on the street in front of Berryessa Gap Vineyard’s downtown location. Anderson Family Catering will be cooking up Santa Maria Style Tri-Tip, Saucy Pinquito Beans and Grilled Garlic Bread. Sunset Summer Series, held on the last Friday of the month from July to October, was organized in cooperation with The Buckhorn’s last Friday “Street Meat” and RootStock’s music series. While this will be the final street side series of events for 2013, all of the participants are looking forward to continuing and extending the popular events in 2014. 

For more information on any of these events, call 530-795.3201 or visit

Time Posted: Oct 23, 2013 at 6:53 PM
Heidi Stine
October 3, 2013 | Heidi Stine

ten tons of tempranillo and garnacha

Bokisch Vineyards will have about ten tons each of Tempranillo and Garnacha fruit for TAPAS members if they are interested.  Contact:

Markus Bokisch
Bokisch Vineyards
P.O. Box 335
Victor, CA  95253

Time Posted: Oct 3, 2013 at 8:46 PM
Heidi Stine
September 17, 2013 | Heidi Stine

arizona takes aim at wine's big leagues

Check out this article on four TAPAS members from Arizona (plus a nod to one of my favorite restaurants, FnB in Scottsdale)!  Jon Bonne, writing for the San Francisco Chronicle, goes from Sonoita to Jerome, noting Arizona's affinity for Tempranillo and Malvasia Blanca.  

Dos Cabezas El Campo Blanco

Pronghorn Vineyard in Elgin

Merkin West vineyard in Jerome

Todd Bostock, Dos Cabezas proprietor and winemaker

Photos: Jon Bonne, The Chronicle

Time Posted: Sep 17, 2013 at 7:50 PM
Heidi Stine
August 25, 2013 | Heidi Stine

21 wines to watch

Six TAPAS members were featured in Ellen Landis’ “21 Wines to Watch” article in the Fall 2013 issue of the American Wine Society's Wine Journal.  She also provided food pairings for each wine!  

  • Bray Vineyards 2012 Verdelho, Shenandoah Valley, California - Lemon Herbed Chicken
  • Bodegas Paso Robles 2008 Pimenteiro, Central Coast, California - Rib Eye with Blue Cheese Crumbles
  • Fenestra Winery 2008 Alvarelhao - Silvaspoons Vineyards, Lodi, California - Grilled Pork Chops with Plum Chutney
  • Verdad 2011 Ibarra-Young Vineyard Graciano, Santa Ynez Valley, California - Trout Poached in Red Wine
  • Baiocchi Family Wines 2011 G Minor, Fair Play, California - Roasted Leg of Lamb
  • St.Amant Winery 2011 Souzão, Lodi, California - Tagliatelle with Sausage and Sun Dried Tomato

Pick up some of these treats, and Enjoy!  

Ellen Landis, CS, CSW, a published wine writer, certified sommelier and wine consultant, is involved with many aspects throughout the world of wine. As wine director and sommelier at Landis Shores Oceanfront Inn (Half Moon Bay, CA), which she co-owns with husband and chef Ken Landis, she coordinates and hosts wine events to help further educate wine aficionados. She was also a sommelier at the Ritz-Carlton for four years. Ellen has traveled extensively to many wine regions throughout North America and overseas. Visit her blog at

Time Posted: Aug 25, 2013 at 10:38 AM
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.

Time Posted: Aug 15, 2013 at 7:37 PM
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!  

Time Posted: Aug 1, 2013 at 12:42 PM