Today marks the beginning of September. But it’s also the first annual International Tempranillo Day!
Tempranillo is the legendary Spanish grape native to Iberia that’s at the heart of Rioja and Ribera del Duero wines — and is increasingly grown throughout the world. The grape has some 60 regional synonyms; during a trip to Portugal last summer, I fondly recall quaffing quite a bit of Aragonez, the Portuguese equivalent.
TAPAS — the Tempranillo Advocates Producers and Amigos Society — sent Terroirist a few bottles of Tempranillo to celebrate the occasion. So we’ll be hosting a tasting this evening, with Spanish meats and cheeses to boot. I’ll be live-tweeting the tasting, so be sure to follow @robbyschrum for up-to-the-minute coverage. We may not break any news — but we may help you pick out a bottle of Tempranillo to enjoy tonight! If you want to join the fun on twitter, the hashtag for tonight is #TempranilloDay.