We know of so many grapes, but there are less-common varietals that just donít get
enough press and are worth not only a second look, but deserve to be asked for at
including Oregon and Washington!
Looking at the crush report, from 2007 to 2008, the tonnage nearly doubled from 4,800 tons to 8,600 crushed, according to the California Department of Food and Agriculture. We expect this trend to continue as consumers discover this lovely grape! So committed are the producers of this varietal, that an organization of producers, Tapas, was created to promote Spanish and Portuguese grapes. Unfortunately, in looking down so many grocery store aisles, big warehouses, and wine shops, it seems that we’re missing the boat on this gem of a grape.
So, to facilitate your ability to put your hands on what we consider to be the next wave of varietal awareness, here are some links of a few to those that produce Tempranillo: