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Looking forward to Thursday, November 9, 2017!
In 2011, TAPAS organized the first annual International Tempranillo Day: A celebration of the Tempranillo grape with all its regional synonyms. We encouraged everyone to open a bottle of Tempranillo, enjoy the fun, and share their experiences online with the hashtag #TempranilloDay or #Tempranillo.
Tempranillo, indigenous to Spain and used in the great Rioja and Ribera del Duero wines, is planted in 500,000 acres of the world’s vineyards, making it the fourth most planted wine grape, and that would be enough to celebrate.
Until recently, this noble grape’s entire acreage was almost all grown in Spain. Perhaps others were confused by the 60 or more regional synonyms for Tempranillo, which in itself may be a record worth celebrating.
But things have changed: knowledge of this noble grape is rapidly spreading, creating excitement and a spirit of cooperation among adventurous vintners bringing this Old World variety to New World soils. Tempranillo today is grown in many more countries including the United States, Italy, Mexico, New Zealand, Chile, Argentina, South Africa, Australia, France, Portugal, Turkey, Canada, China, Thailand, and more. And that’s why we established International Tempranillo Day.
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Not ten years ago, Americans couldn’t pronounce the name of our grape. They can now, and that’s progress, but there is still much more to be taught and learned about this noble grape. Remember Tempranillo is the last of the world’s major grapes to be produced in America at the level of excellence! So we will continue to hold International Tempranillo Day on an annual basis.
Thirteen of Lodi’s wineries are celebrating International Tempranillo Day the second weekend in November, from Friday, November 10 to Sunday, November 12, 2017. The Lodi Tour of Tempranillo is an event focused on tasting this red wine from a number of different producers in Lodi. Lodi growers pride themselves on a diverse collection of wine grapes. As the Wine Enthusiast’s 2015 Wine Region of the Year, Lodi was recognized for that diversity and experimentation. Tempranillo may be well known among wine bloggers and Spanish wine aficionados, but it is just starting to attract the attention of the American consumer. Try something new, discover Tempranillo! Visit any one of the participating wineries to collect a complimentary guidebook and begin your exploration of the Lodi Tour of Tempranillo. Each winery will have a different offering and many will offer special tastings only available at this event. #TempranilloDay #Tempranillo
About the wine grape variety, Tempranillo: Tempranillo is often referred to as the “Cabernet” of Spain due to its widespread planting and its noble status as the backbone of Spanish reds. It is actually the 4th most planted wine grape in the world. However, here in California we are just getting to know it. Less than 1000 acres of Tempranillo are planted in California. Tempranillo is fondly known by many names such as Ull de Llebre “Eye of the Hare”, Cencibel, Valdepenas and Tinta del Pais. It has thick and tannic skins that add a complexity of aromas and color to the finished wine. It is a consummate blender, sharing and enhancing the profile of wines made from other varieties. Taste Tempranillo and you will taste the heart and soul of Spain.
About the participating wineries The following 13 Lodi based wineries are producing a Tempranillo wine and are participating in this weekend long event. Visitors can stop by any of these tasting rooms to start their self-guided tour. The complimentary guidebook will be available at all participating wineries and it will list special offerings by each winery. Visitors can plan ahead with the Google Maps “Lodi Tour of Tempranillo Wineries”.
Watch this space for 2017 details and events! We'll be celebrating all during the week of November 9 and through the weekend.
If you're interested in organizing an event or becoming a sponsor, please contact TAPAS!
A Word about the Date
Going forward, International Tempranillo Day will always be on the second Thursday in November. Thursday was selected to facilitate commercial activities, as most restaurants and bottle shops are too busy on weekend days. The day remains the same but the date varies, thus avoiding future conflicts with Election Day, All Souls' Day, Day of the Dead, All Saints' Day, etc. The second Thursday in November will never be earlier than the 8th nor later than the 14th; thus ITD will not crowd Thanksgiving.
Photos courtesy Marty Johnson and Abacela