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international tempranillo day

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.  

For 2015, the date will be Thursday, November 12, 2015.

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. 

International Tempranillo Day Events

Everyone who buys Tempranillo this weekend at Vina Castellano, Auburn, CA will receive 10% off; wine club members get an extra 10% off. They will also pour and offer for sale this weekend only a pre-release of their 2012 Tempranillo that rivals their 2008 Best of Class. Ruth's Chris in the midwest just picked up 6 cases! Weekend only - This Tempranillo will never be discounted like this again!

Matchbook Wine Company, Zamora, CA, will be having Tacos & Tempranillo for Tempranillo Days this weekend, November 14 & 15 from 11am-4:30 pm. Enjoy a weekend of Tempranillo and fresh fare from their friends at Tacos 911.  Want to make a wine trail out of it? Visit their Yolo County Tempranillo Day partners as well: Turkovich Winery, Berryessa Gap Vineyards, Capay Valley Vineyards, and Rootstock Gift Shop and Tasting Room. Winters Tempranillo Festival

Also in Yolo County, the town of Winters, CA sponsors the Winters Tempranillo Festival, with specials from local businesses, November 12-15. 

Las Positas Vineyards, Livermore, CA, will honor Tempranillo Day Saturday and Sunday, November 14th & 15th, with a special Tempranillo and Food pairing flight. The flight includes their Tempranillo-based rose, 2012 Tempranillo, and 2012 Coccineous (Tempranillo-based red blend), as well as their unreleased 2013 Tempranillo and 2013 Coccineous, which will be offered at a special futures discount. The tasting room will be open 11:30am-4pm Saturday and 11:30am to 4:30pm Sunday.

Abacela, Roseburg, OR, celebrates November 12-15 in their tasting room, with a special Tempranillo flight for $10 ($5 for wine club members).  A Spanish-themed Cheese Plate and Plaza Plates will be available all four days.  Special events on Thursday, November 12 include:
- Barrel Tasting of the 2014 Tempranillos, 12-4:00 PM
- Paella Dinner, 5-8:00 PM
- Live Music with Neil Johnson 5-8:00 PM

Longoria Wines, Santa Barbara County, CA, celebrates International Tempranillo Day from Thursday, November 12th, through Sunday, November 15th, in their Winery Tasting Room in Lompoc and their Downtown Los Olivos Tasting Room.  They will be pouring their 2012 and 2013 Tempranillo and offering 10% off bottles and 15% off cases, Thursday-Sunday in Los Olivos and Friday-Sunday in Lompoc. Wine Club members will receive their discount, plus an additional 5% off.Six Sigma restored barn

Six Sigma Ranch, Lower Lake, CA, will be celebrating on Friday the 13th with an International Tempranillo Day Tasting from 4:30-7:30 pm. They will be hosting a small mob in a restored barn.

Edenvale Winery, Medford, OR, presents a Tempranillo Day Winemakers Dinner November 13, from 5:30-9:30 pm. This fabulous five course dinner features EdenVale’s Reserve Tempranillo wines and seasonal food. With festive autumn atmosphere, cozy fireplaces and elegant table service, slip back in time and dine at the Voorheis Mansion. Details, menu, and ticket information are online. $100 wine club members, $125 general admission. 

Crown Wine and Spirits celebrates International Tempranillo Day with complimentary in-store tastings of Rioja wines from 9am-10pm on Thursday, November 12, at all their Florida locations

Kentucky's Liquor Barn presents samples of your favorite Rioja wines from 4-7pm on Thursday, November 12, at most of their locations

Sample some of your favorite Rioja wines in honor of Tempranillo, the region’s noble grape, during an in-store tasting from 4-7pm on Friday November 13, at these Florida locations of Total Wine & More: Market Square Shopping Center, Fort Myers; Walter's Crossing, Tampa; and Legacy Place, Palm Beach Gardens. 

Join Mainstreet Wines, Countryside, IL for a tasting of Tempranillo from Rioja on Saturday, November 14 from 2-5pm.

Peterson Spirits & Fine Wine, Naperville, IL celebrates on November 14 with a tasting of Tempranillo-based Riojas from 1-5 pm at their 88 West Gartner Road location. 

Kenaston Wine Market in Winnipeg, Manitoba invites you to pop by and sample a few offerings of Tempranillo on November 12.

Watch this space for more details and events! 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.