follow the nuevo spanish wine trail!

thanks to our survey respondents

Heidi Stine
May 7, 2012 | Heidi Stine

looking for fruit in the san antonio valley (ca)

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:
Winery: 805-714-5057
Tasting Room: 805-937-1600

Time Posted: May 7, 2012 at 5:53 PM
Heidi Stine
April 3, 2012 | Heidi Stine

new member for march

From the Texas town of San Saba comes our newest member, San Saba Wine Cellars.  Please welcome them to TAPAS!  

Time Posted: Apr 3, 2012 at 5:57 PM
Heidi Stine
March 27, 2012 | Heidi Stine

west texas events in late april

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 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

If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to call:
Dusty Timmons
High Plains and West Texas Viticulture Advisor
Texas AgriLife Extension

Time Posted: Mar 27, 2012 at 7:39 PM
Heidi Stine
February 26, 2012 | Heidi Stine

new members for february

TAPAS would like to welcome two new members from the southern part of California: 

Stop by and welcome them to TAPAS.  Buy some wine while you're there! 

Time Posted: Feb 26, 2012 at 4:50 PM
Heidi Stine
February 4, 2012 | Heidi Stine

new members for january

TAPAS extends a warm welcome to our newest member wineries:

Stop by and tell them TAPAS sent you!  

Time Posted: Feb 4, 2012 at 12:17 PM
Heidi Stine
January 16, 2012 | Heidi Stine

new members for december

TAPAS would like to welcome our newest members:

Please stop by, say hello, and buy some wine!  Tell them TAPAS sent you!  

Time Posted: Jan 16, 2012 at 10:43 AM
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