It's Time for a TAPAS Tasting (the "T" is for Tempranillo)


The 2010 tasting; photo from eventbrite listing.

On Sunday June 5th at the Herbst Pavilion at Fort Mason, the Tempranillo Advocates, Producers and Amigos Society is hosting their ~TAPAS GRAND WINE TASTING~, the most extensive annual tasting of domestically produced Spanish and Portuguese varietal wines in North America.

Trade and general consumers will be able to sample wines from over 30 participating wineries and learn about the largely unknown yet unique domestic versions of indigenous Iberian grape varieties like tempranillo, albariño, garnacha, graciano, mourvedre, touriga, verdelho, bastardo, and more. Many limited-production, family-owned wineries will be pouring hard-to-find small lot wines from Arizona, California, Texas, Oregon, and Washington. Also, Chef Marco Rauch will serve paella to accompany the wines, and there will be samples from chef James Campbell Caruso from La Boca Restaurant, Santa Fe, and from local restaurants, caterers, and food purveyors.

Qualified members of the wine trade and media may apply for complimentary admission to the Trade/Media Tasting to be held from noon-2pm. The Consumer Tasting will take place from 2pm-5pm: tickets are $60 at the door, or $40 in advance.

The event auction benefits the Greater Bay Area Make-A-Wish Foundation, and features special wines, crystal decanters, and other great items. Tempranillo Advocates, Producers and Amigos Society (TAPAS) is a trade association comprised of over one hundred members, whose mission is “to promote Tempranillo and other varietal wine grapes native to the Iberian Peninsula and wines produced from them in North America.”

Event Info

Sunday Jun 5, 2011
$60 at the door; $40 in advance
Herbst Pavilion at Fort Mason