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Richard Jenning's Recap of the TAPAS Grand Tasting

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2011 TAPAS (Tempranillo Advocates, Producers and Amigos Society) TASTING – Herbst Pavillion, Fort Mason, San Francisco, California (6/5/2011) by Richard JenningsRJonWine.com

This was the fourth annual TAPAS grand tasting at Fort Mason in San Francisco, and the second one I’ve been able to attend. The TAPAS mission is to promote new world production of wine grapes and wine styles native to the Iberian Peninsual (Spain and Portugal). These grape varieties include white grapes Albariño, Garnacha Blanca (Grenache Blanc) Malvasia Bianca, Torrontes, Verdejo and Verdelho, and red grapes Garnacha (Grenache), Graciano, Monastrell (Mourvèdre), Tempranillo, Tinta Cao, Touriga Franca and Touriga Nacional.
As I reported after attending the event two years back, I believe the most successful Spanish import to the U.S. so far has been Albariño, with its refreshing high acidity and ability to pair with lots of foods. It does well when aged in stainless steel as well as oak, and its high ac…

Another Great review from Midwest Wine Guy

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2007 Abacela Port The 2007 Abacela Port wine is a blend of 5 Douro grape varietals - Tempranillo (53%), Bastardo (19%), Tinta Amarela (13%), Tinta Cao (9%) and Touriga Nacional (6%).  This opaque purple wine is ricly textured and has aromas of blackberry, raisin, spice, chewy figs and dried apricot.  The alcohol content is well within check for a port at 19% and this young wine is not fumey or hot at all.  In fact, it is incredibly smooth and silky, leaving you wanting more with each sip. The dried fruits and rich flavorful black fruits shine through on the palate, combined with cocoa powder, soft ripe plums and blueberry.  Historically many young ports can be difficult to enjoy and require years of cellaring before they can be tasted appropriately.  The good folks at Abacela have created a port that is not only approachable now, but one of the best that I have tasted in many months.  I would suggest buying a few bottles - one to enjoy now and then cellar the others for a…

Abacela takes BEST OF CLASS for 2010 Albarino

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We're excite to announce that our 2010 Albariño just took the BEST IN CLASS with a Gold Medal and 93 point rating. 
Comments on our Facebook announcement: 
Shannon W. "That's a no brainer! Your Albarino is my favorite wine!!"

Mandy v. "Congrats! So deserving!"

Tim & Charlene V. "Congrats on the well deserved award!"

2011 TAPAS Grand Tasting

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A great new blog about this past weekend's TAPAS Grand Tasting in San Francisco, CA....
TAPAS wines defy convention...
by Randy Caparoso

At the TAPAS Grand Tasting in the City by the Bay

Over 1,900 wine and food lovers attended the TAPAS (Tempranillo Advocates Producers & Amigos Society) Grand Wine Tasting in San Francisco’s Fort Mason this past Saturday, June 4; making this the third year in a row that attendance to this once modest affair has doubled.

Out of that 1,900+, some 75% of those attendees were clearly younger than 35, giving the organization’s wineries (about 80 of them), growers and card holding “amigos” (another 30+) a strong idea of where their pan is currently being buttered.

... and as we all know, when it comes to fashion, food and wine, very often the other consumer segments follow the younger crowd.   It often takes the older folks a little longer to catch on to a good thing like this: the appreciation of wines and foods associated with grapes of Spanish and Port…