Seattle Celebration of International Tempranillo Day, September 8th, 2011

In my prior post, I announced the emergence of International Tempranillo Day, a world-wide “lift your glass” to the King Red Wine of Spain. Being September 1st, it strangely conflicts with “Cabernet Day,” which seems somewhat of an enigma, puzzling no doubt.

I’m still confused as to how Cabernet Day evolved, but regardless, it’s still slated to be an occurrence with anticipation for much tweeting and twittering on the social media front. To what extent this will be significant, who knows?

Strangely, the first Cabernet Day was September 2nd last year, so when International Tempranillo Day was created, there was technically no conflict. Now we find Cabernet Day has been moved to the same day. If you Google the term, only about 25% of the first 20 listings refer to the one upcoming, the remainder to the one last year. More confusion …

Undoubtedly, it would be unfortunate to have a wine battle between the King of Spain and the King of France. That conflict was already fought in the early 19th century (actually, Napoleon was the French ruler), and eventually, France lost, although it was complicated.

All of this precludes our having made a decision to acquiesce in effort not to cause great consternation among Seattle wine lovers. So a week later, on September 8th, we’re celebrating International Tempranillo Day at Wine World Warehouse, David LeClaire’s massive wine store on north 45th just west of I-5. So this way, all can be copacetic and everyone will have two weeks in a row to celebrate both the Kings!

I’m pleased to express that this will be the very first gathering of Washington winemakers to explore the wonderful attributes of Tempranillo. It’s also a precursor to a larger event in 2012 where the members of TAPAS, an extensive winery organization focused on Iberian varietals, will invade Seattle for the first-ever Northwest TAPAS Grand Tasting.

Following a “casual mix,” we’ll spend the first hour in a panel presentation, exploring Tempranillo’s history and background as well as it’s evolution to the vineyard’s of Washington State and our perceptions on its future. Then we’ll host a tasting which includes six wineries: Vina Salida, Pomum Cellars, Cave B Winery, Camaraderie Cellars, Brian Carter Cellars and Stottle Winery. And to really kick things into high gear, Restaurant Tango (up on the lip of Capitol Hill above downtown on Pike St.) will be serving a variety of sumptuous tapas to round out the celebration. A little Latin music, maybe salsa, maybe Rodrigo, etc. should set the evening’s mood just right for a festival of “Iberia meets Washington State.”

I’d bet it would be a good idea to contact Wine World Warehouse and make a reservation to be certain that you can join in the fun. Best reach:

Kick-off is scheduled for 6 p.m.!

Espana ha Llegado a Washington!


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Salida Wine is a creation of winemaker Doug McCrea featuring a portfolio of wines made in Washington State from Spanish grape varietals.
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