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Are any of the members growing fruit in the San Antonio Valley in California? TAPAS member Dave Corey (CORE wine company) is looking for fruit. Please contact him at:
TAPAS member Newsom Vineyards announces three events for late April 2012:
First, Newsom Grape Day is scheduled for the 27th of April and will be held at Neal Newsom’s barn. This year the slate of speakers will be highlighted by Dr. Andy Walker. Dr. Walker is considered to be one of the foremost experts on rootstocks and has developed a line of nematode resistant rootstocks. Dr. Walker will be touring several vineyards in the region prior to Newsom Grape Day as well. Other speakers at this year’s event include Dr. Richard Becker, Roy Mitchell, Lou Bright and Mike Sipowicz.
Second, don’t forget the star party on Friday night, April 27 as well! This is always a great event and this year is possibly one of the best Neal has ever put together!
If you are interested in renting a booth please contact Neal at 806-456-7885 or firstname.lastname@example.org and don’t forget to bring your checkbook for the silent auction. As always the proceeds will go to the Hoss Newsom Scholarship.
Third, the High Plains Vineyard Tour. One change from past years is that the tour that has typically been on the day before Newsom’s event will be held on the day after it this year. The tour will be on the 28th of April and will start at the Mallet Center in Levelland, TX. This year the tour will include a box lunch and a post tour Gala! The Gala is set to include a wine tasting, live music, a three course meal and a silent auction. It is going to be something that you will not want to miss! This year you will need to have a ticket (FREE) for the Gala. To reserve your ticket you can contact Steve Newsom at 806-638-6962 or email email@example.com.
If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to call:
High Plains and West Texas Viticulture Advisor
Texas AgriLife Extension
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!
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.
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.
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.