International Tempranillo Day

Scattered throughout the year are national days of many grape varieties of wine. Temprainillo is slated for today, but why?

Who made this claim? And who makes the decision on any of the years’ national day? What makes them decide on any specific day?

To my surprise I actually found the answer to this!

A wine group, called TAPAS (Tempranillo Advocates, Producers and Amigos Society), decided that every year on the second Thursday of November would be declared International Tempranillo Day. We are familiar with the word tapas as appetizer style foods, correct? This originated in Spain.

Why they chose this day is unclear. Once I have this answer, I will update.

Tempranillo grapes have been growing in the Phoenician Peninsula since 1100 BC despite the fact that this grape, today, is grown predominantly (500,000 + acres if it!) in Spain. A rather old grape!

The name comes from temprano which means early. This type of grape tends to ripen earlier than other varieties in Spain. So there lies the mystery…why is its day in November….

If you can catch Northern Spain in the fall, you’ll enjoy the change of leaf color from green to bright red. Here is where the grapes do their best. It is not a hot weathered grape.

The Flavour of Tempranillo

If you are wondering whether you will enjoy a glass of this wine, keep in mind these tips:

This medium to full bodied variety of grape tends to produce a dark red wine that is low in sugar and acid.

Flavours may include cherry, vanilla, dried fig, cedar, tobacco, and dill.

Oaked or Un-Oaked

Many versions are unoaked. If you are sensitive to oaked wines, tempranillo is a great option.

Since it is un-oaked, go ahead and chill it in the fridge before serving. It will be very refreshing for the summertime.

A Few Examples of Un-Oaked Tempranillo

Chain Bridge Cellars

Vin Joven

El Jefe

Luis Alegre  Rioja Alavesa

It is the end of the weekend when this wine is celebrated, unfortunately, but the good news is another one will come around next year. When it does, take the Lodi Tempranillo Tour in California.

Please note, Tempranillo can be enjoyed year round, not just today!

Posted by Kim Ratcliffe-Doe on November 12, 2017.