The Tempranillo Advocates, Producers and Amigos Society (TAPAS) has announced they will host the most extensive annual tasting of domestically produced Spanish and Portuguese varietal wines in North America, for the fourth year, in San Francisco.
According to organizers, “grapes native to the Iberian Peninsula produce some of the hottest-selling wines on the market right now, but not many people know that there are 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. This year the event will be held at the Fort Mason Festival Pavilion on Sunday, June 5, 2011.
Local restaurants and food purveyors from around the Bay Area – including 9 Catering and Blue Sage Catering – will be on hand with samples designed to pair with the Iberian varieties.
The event will include an auction benefiting our 2011 charitable partner, the Greater Bay Area Make-A-Wish Foundation (www.sfwish.org), featuring special wines, crystal decanters, and other great items.
TAPAS President Jeff Stai, Twisted Oak Winery, Murphys, CA, says “We’re excited to be able to create an event where consumers can branch out beyond the common varietals and discover a new world of flavors. Come join us and have a Spanish Inspiration!”
TAPAS Grand Wine Tasting – Fort Mason, San Francisco – June 5, 2011
Noon – 2:00 p.m. – Trade/Media Tasting. Qualified members of the wine trade and media may apply for complimentary admission. Use the appropriate link:
Trade – www.tapasociety.org/2011-Trade-Registration
Media – www.tapasociety.org/2011-Media-Registration
2:00 – 5:00 p.m. – Consumer Tasting. Tickets are $60 at the door, or $40 in advance at tapas4.eventbrite.com .