On June 5th, the Tempranillo Advocates, Producers, and Amigos Society (TAPAS) is hosting the most extensive annual tasting of domestically produced Spanish and Portuguese varietal wines in North America, for its third year, in San Francisco. It’s no secret grapes native to the Iberian Peninsula produce some of the hottest-selling wines on the market right now, but there are also excellent and unique domestic versions being grown, too.
Trade and general consumers will have the unique opportunity to sample wines from over 30 participating wineries and learn about varieties like tempranillo, albariño, garnacha, graciano, mourvedre, touriga, verdelho, bastardo, and more. Many TAPAS members are limited-production, family-owned wineries, and will be pouring small lot wines that are not widely available.
The event starts at noon with a walk-around tasting, complimentary to members of the wine trade and media (register here). From 2pm-5pm, consumers will have an opportunity to taste wines produced by TAPAS members from grape varieties indigenous to Spain and Portugal that are now cultivated in America, in Arizona, California, and Oregon. Chef Marco Rauch will also be cooking up “The World’s Most Delicious Paella” to accompany the wines. Local restaurants and food purveyors from around the Bay Area will be on hand with samples designed to pair with the Iberian varieties.
Saturday Jun 5, 2010
$35 in advance; $50 at the door
Fort Mason Herbst Pavilion
Entrance at Marina Blvd. and Buchanan St.