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Get to Know a New Side of Tempranillo

Discover fresher, lighter, New World styles of this popular red wine.
By Rachel Singer,

Tempranillo is Spain's second most planted grape, after the the lesser-known airĂ©n, and it is the country’s signature varietal wine—one that’s a crowd-pleaser, yet also age-worthy and collectable. According to Australian economics professor Kym Anderson, global Tempranillo plantings have boomed, increasing almost fivefold between 1990 and 2010, bringing tempranillo from the world’s 24th most planted grape to the fourth.

Enthusiasts across the globe have grown particularly fond of Spain’s Rioja region, where winemakers rest tempranillo in new American oak, which lends structure and longevity to the wines, as well as a softness characterized by vanilla notes. In Rioja, red wines labeled Crianza and Reserva are required, by law, to have spent at least one year in oak; Gran Reserva signifies two years in oak. If a wine is aged only in stainless steel, it's labeled Joven.

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A little bit of Spain taking root in Oregon

Lovers of the Spanish wine varietal called Tempranillo can take heart that this grape is taking root in the soils of Oregon.
In Southern Oregon, there’s a touch of Iberia.
Skeptical? What does Oregon have in common with the Iberian Peninsula (the geographic region of Europe home to Spain and Portugal)?
More than you might think, as I learned a couple of weekends ago at the 2016 Oregon Tempranillo Celebration down in Ashland.
There are about 57 wineries in Oregon now making Tempranillo, and there are about 400 acres of Tempranillo vineyards planted in Oregon, according to Greg Jones, a professor at the Southern Oregon University. Tempranillo is now the eighth largest varietal harvest in Oregon, with 839 tones of fruit harvested in 2014, according to statistics from the Oregon Wine Board.
According to Jones, Tempranillo is grown in about 80 percent of Spain, much of it in the Rioja region in northern Spain but also in the Ribera del Duero, just a little to the south of Rioja.
It turns …

Southern Oregon wines' gaining clout could bring onslaught of tourists

By Greg StilesMail Tribune Posted Jan. 31, 2016 at 12:01 AM 
The winsome wines of Southern Oregon are gathering acclaim far beyond the Cascades and Siskiyous. An industry once summed up by a collection of one-offs in Ashland, Cave Junction, Roseburg and Ruch during the 1970s now boasts 121 wineries and 226 vineyards on 5,886 planted acres in Jackson, Josephine and Douglas counties. The fruit of the region's vines has drawn accolades from the Atlantic to Pacific, capturing the hearts of wine columnists and judges. Reports in the New York Times, Sunset magazine and Wine Enthusiast, plus an avalanche of medals in this month's San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition, are creating reasonable expectations the coming travel season will attract more and new wine tourists.
"This is really an important moment in our transition from a region that's unexplored and undiscovered to the recognition we've received from the national press, and awards coming in," said Micha…