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Titillating Tempranillo - The Red of Spain and Beyond - BYOB or Just Taste

This meetup will feature wines made from the signature varietal of Spain, Tempranillo.

In the last few years Spanish wines made from this grape have become quite popular in the US. If you drink reds from Ribera Del Duero or Rioja, not to mention La Mancha, Penedès, Navarra and Valdepeñas, You will probably be drinking a Tempranillo based wine. If you like the wines of Portugal, especially Port, you will also be drinking some Tempranillo. In Portugal, Tempranillo is known as Tinto Roriz and is a workhorse grape in most Potuguese reds.

The Tempranillo grape has found a home in the US especially in Walla Walla, Southern Oregon and parts of California. Southern Oregon Winery Abacela is known for their Tempranillo.

So, just to be clear, bring a Spanish red from Ribera Del Duero, Rioja, (or any of the other above places) or a bring a Tempranillo based wine ( at least 70% Tempranillo) from anywhere else in the world. It will be good to taste the difference between Spanish and New World Tempranillos. Let's try some tempting,  yet titilating Tempranillo wines.

When looking for a Spanish bottle to bring, look for something from Rioja or Ribera Del Duero. In those regions the wine should either be 100% Tempranillo or a Tempranillo based blend.

Also a quick note on the Spanish wine labels,

Crianza - Aged 2 years with at least 6 months in oak.

Reserva - Aged 3 Years with at least a year in oak

Gran Reserva - Aged 5 Years with at least 3 years in oak.

~ $5 if you bring a bottle, $10 to just taste. We will put the fees in a pot and the winner, (whoever brings the best rated bottle will take home the pot (Minus food expense). Blind Tasting.

Meat and exotic cheese plates provided.

Great Value event, the last 8 times, everyone got to taste at least 10 wines, and the winner took home money for bringing the best wine.

Once again, whoever brings the best wine (Blind rated), will take home the pot. If we get 10 people to show, the after expense pot should be at least $50, Last week the winner took home $95.

We will taste blind and rate using the Robert Parker 100 point system.

Think you know Tempranillo? Bring a bottle and let's find out. If you bring the best bottle, you will go home with the winnings. Last time the winner took home $95, week before the pot was $80.

Starts at 7PM, but feel free to show up early, I always have a bottle or 2 open.

So, Bring a bottle, throw in $5 to the pot or $10 to just come and taste.

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  • Bob W.

    Howdy, Winos. I could not make last Tuesday's event, because I was at an Italian winemaker dinner with the folks from Ruggeri Corsini, a family winery in Piedmont with a full range of wines. The dinner was great BUT . . .the winemakers are still in town, and they are doing a FREE tasting at World Foods in the Pearl at NW 9th and NW Everett from 4 - 6 pm. Perhaps I'll see you there!

    March 7, 2014

  • Arlene

    Happy to oblige! You can't drink Spanish wine without manchego!

    3 · February 26, 2014

  • Doris

    Thank you Rusty, I appreciate how much of your time goes into giving us a great wine tasting!

    3 · February 26, 2014

  • Brian Vargas H.

    Thanks to Arlene for the Manchago also.

    2 · February 26, 2014

  • Rusty

    Thanks for coming everyone.

    Had a great night drinking Tempranillo.

    The 2011 Innovaccion Tempranillo Blend was the winner, $14 at Whole Foods.


    February 26, 2014

  • Paul

    Another great event Rusty. Thanks again for putting these events together every Tuesday. And a special thanks to Joe's mother for baking that awesome bread. An excellent addition to the other tasty items that were provided for the wine tasting.

    2 · February 26, 2014

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