11 thoughts on “Wine 101 – Introducing Tempranillo

  1. Hi, I haven’t been able to hear the video yet, as the speaker on my PC is broken! This is just to say that I’m a small wine producer (based in Madrid region, Spain) and that I’ve been making Tempranillo wines for the last 6 years. If you (or any of your followers) have any questions, I’d be really happy to (try to) answer and provide any information I can.

  2. I love the snippets you give the “wine challenged” people like me – great info!! Now I have to teach you how to say your Spanish words and roll your r’s :)

  3. Tempranillo is indeed cultivated throughout the world, with Spain of course being the dominant producer (in fact the last numbers I saw show that more Tempranillo is produced each year than Chardonnay!) North America is coming on strong with new plantings every year. At Twisted Oak Winery we produce a varietal Tempranillo as well as a Rioja-style blend called “The Spaniard.”

    A trade organization, callled the Tempranillo Advocates Producers and Amigos Society (TAPAS) was formed a few years ago to raise the awareness of North American produced Tempranillo and other Iberian varieties.

    TAPAS conducts an annual Grand Tasting in San Francisco; this year the event will be on June 5th at the Ft Mason center. For more information you can visit the TAPAS web site at http://www.tapasociety.org/

    - Jeff Stai, Twisted Oak Winery (and TAPAS president)

  4. Worth noting, I think, is that in Portugal, Tempranillo is called Tinta Roriz, and is a major grape in the production of both Port and Douro.

  5. @Ines – Thank you for your comments & compliments. I actually have a very good spanish accent and can roll my R’s like the dickens. I will talk about Rioja soon, and Roll that R like Nobody’s business!!

    @ElJefe – Thanks so much for adding your professional view and opinion. I was not aware of the TAPAS organization! Do you serve little appetizers at the meetings?

    I’ve had the chance to taste The Spaniard, and enjoyed your release party in Sept 2008 very much. It was a great wine, and I have indeed recommended it many times since then. I will have to get a bottle, and taste it along side some Rioja Tempranillos, as I would love to discuss the similarities and differences the terroir of Spain and Murphy’s impart on the grape. Without a side by side tasting, it’s inconceivable.


  6. Thank you SO much Steve for that point. I appreciate you adding it!!

  7. Oh I do not sniff the dope I only drink Tempranillo! I’m glad you got to one of my favorites…when is Mouvedre?

  8. @WineDog – Mouvedre is a bit down the line. Last night I had a Gavi, Pinot Blanc, Pinot Noir, Negro Amaro, and a few others that need to go up on the site soon, so those are probably coming next!! Thanks for the visit – what’s our favorite Tempranillo?

    @Botto – grilling burgers is easy! if you saw the video, you can see it’s SIMPLE!

  9. Steve, great little tidbit about Portugal. Tempranillo’s got a ton of names in Spain, too. It’s crazy. Cencibel, Tinta de Toro, Tinto Pais (actually, there’s a huge list here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tempranillo).

    Matthew: great little snippet of education. I love how you got all that info into a relatively short video. It’s a nice format. To answer your question, the last Tempranillo I had was actually from Temecula, CA. You mentioned in your video, so I hope you’re happy to see I paired it with this: http://bit.ly/cV0MdU …cheers!

  10. Leather, in a wine?!? LOL. Another nice vlog for the wine challenged like me – Lots of info packed in – very helpful. I love lamb, so I will look for this wine to pair with. Thanks, Matt!

  11. Thanks again Jenna! Yes, definitely earthy notes, like leather, appear in many different wines. There are so many “flavors” to find in wines, that it takes a lifetime to understand them ALL. I’m ready for the challenge though, are you?