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Celebrate Tempranillo! 2016 Edition

November 10, 2016 Leave a comment Go to comments

Tempranillo is one of the most popular red grapes in the world, requiring no introduction to the wine lovers, now even less than before. The star grape of Spain, a foundation of the timeless beauty of Rioja, finess of Ribera del Duero and dark raw power of Toro. Today (if I manage to publish this post before midnight) is International Tempranillo Day, the day when we acknowledge this early ripening grape, capable of bringing lots and lots of pleasure to the wine lovers everywhere.

I discovered Tempranillo in 2010, at the wine seminar at the PJ Wine store in Manhattan – and fell in love with it. And how you can not, after tasting 1964 Rioja Gran Reserva, which was still young and exuberant. I was seeking Tempranillo ever since, trying it at every occasion – some encounters happier than the others.

What interesting in this journey is that when I discovered Tempranillo for myself, my world was squarely limited to Spain, and even inside Spain, it was all about Rioja, Ribera del Duero and a little bit of Toro. I was always happy to celebrate the Tempranillo Day, so here is the collage which I produced based on the wines I knew, back in 2011:

Tempranillo_AutoCollage_23_ImagesTo my total delight, it appears that my Tempranillo worldview was inexcusably narrow. Texas, Oregon, Napa Valley and my newfound oenophile’s heaven, Lodi, are all producing world-class, delicious, complex, exciting Tempranillo wines. I heard about Tempranillo in Australia; never tried them, but now I’m a believer – great Tempranillo wines don’t have to be only from Spain. Thus I created a new collage, to better represent my latest discoveries:

Tempranillo wines collageAbacela from Oregon, Duchman from Texas, Irwine Family from Napa, Bokisch, McCay, Fields, Harney Lane from Lodi – lots and lots of tasty discoveries over the past few years – I hope you had your share of Tempranillo fun too.

Do you have your favorite Tempranillo wines? Where are they from? Who is the producer? Tell the world about them. Cheers!

  1. November 11, 2016 at 4:12 pm

    Thanks for the shout-out Anatoli!

    • talkavino
      November 11, 2016 at 9:37 pm

      My pleasure Danielle! Hope all is good!

      • November 12, 2016 at 3:15 pm

        Doing well after my transplant. 🙂 Looking forward to getting back to normal!

  2. November 12, 2016 at 12:26 am

    I don’t recall the winery but Tempranillo is my ah-ha red grape, about ’09/’10, thus my nickname/blogname. Still love the grape from all of its expanded appellations. Cheers!

    • talkavino
      November 12, 2016 at 12:30 am

      Yes, considering your blog name I expected that you have at least a partial affinity to the aforementioned grape 🙂 And I agree – there are more and more of the excellent renditions of that once “Spain only” grape.

  3. November 12, 2016 at 7:59 pm

    Tempranillo is one of my favorite grapes! Like you I have a special fondness for its Spanish wines. Recently I tasted a nice example at Glades Pike Winery Somerset Pennsylvania but no one at the bar knew where the grapes were sourced from.

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