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.
Photos: Jon Bonne, The Chronicle
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!
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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 www.ellenonwine.com.
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.
Thanks to Richard Jennings of RJonWine.com for his article "American Tempranillo: Strong Continuing Improvement." It includes tasting notes from 71 Tempranillos and Tempranillo blends from 46 American producers!
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.
Check out "Celebrate Texas Tempranillo internationally on Nov. 8," with mentions of Fall Creek Vineyards and Pedernales Cellars.