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TAPAS Grand Wine Tasting - June 5 at Fort Mason

Submitted By: Heidi Stine, May 24, 2011
The Tempranillo Advocates, Producers and Amigos Society (TAPAS - is hosting the most extensive annual tasting of domestically produced Spanish and Portuguese varietal wines in North America, for the fourth year, in San Francisco. Grapes native to the Iberian Peninsula produce some of the hottest-selling wines on the market right now, but not many people know that there are excellent and unique domestic versions being grown, too. Trade and consumers will have the unique opportunity to sample wines from 41 participating wineries, in a casual walk-around setting where they may chat with the growers and producers, and learn about varieties like Tempranillo, Albariño, Garnacha, Graciano, Mourvedre, Touriga, Verdelho, and more. Many TAPAS members are limited-production, family-owned wineries and will be pouring small lot wines that are not widely available. These delightful domestic wines originate in Arizona, California, Oregon, and Washington State. Small samples of food designed to pair with the Iberian varieties will be available from local restaurants and food purveyors from around the Bay Area. This year the event will be held at the Fort Mason Herbst Pavilion on Sunday, June 5, 2011.

The event schedule is:

Noon - 2:00 p.m. - Trade/Media Tasting. Qualified members of the wine trade and media may apply for complimentary admission. Use the appropriate link:

Trade –

Media -

2:00 - 5:00 p.m. - Consumer Tasting. Tickets are $60 at the door, or $40 in advance at .

This year, TAPAS welcomes Chef James Campbell Caruso from La Boca Restaurant, Santa Fe, NM, who will be serving a tapa during the event. La Boca was chosen “Santa Fe’s Best Tapas” by Travel and Leisure, and has been featured on "Giada's Weekend Getaways" on the Food Network.

Also enjoy flamenco and classical music by guitarist Jesse Christian Hendricks.

The event will include an silent auction benefiting our 2011 charitable partner, the Greater Bay Area Make-A-Wish Foundation® (, featuring special wines, crystal decanters, and other great items.

TAPAS President Jeff Stai, Twisted Oak Winery, Murphys, CA, says “We're excited to be able to create an event where consumers can branch out beyond the common varietals and discover a new world of flavors. Come join us and have a Spanish Inspiration!”

For directions to the Fort Mason Center, visit . This special event can be reached by Muni bus lines 28 or 22. The address is:

Fort Mason Center

Herbst Pavilion

(Entrance at Marina Blvd. and Buchanan St.)

San Francisco, CA 94123

Thanks to our 2011 Grand Wine Tasting Sponsors!

Tempranillo Advocates, Producers and Amigos Society (TAPAS) is a trade association comprised of over one hundred members, whose mission is: “To promote Tempranillo and other varietal wine grapes native to the Iberian Peninsula and wines produced from them in North America.” See .