It’s been an extraordinary week! No, we’re not talking about the US presidential election. On Monday it was International Merlot Day and now we are celebrating International Tempranillo Day. Depending on your calendar, it is either November 10 or November 12. We decided to split the difference and present this post today.
One Of Our Favorite Grapes
Tempranillo is a top pick for us because of its versatility. It packs a lot of flavor, but has a medium to light body – similar in weight to Pinot Noir but with a different flavor profile. We have a fair amount of Tempranillo growing in the US, but its home is the wonderful wine country of Spain. Tempranillo also represents a great value with a wide assortment of Tempranillo wines available at $15 or less.
The infographic is from our friends at Campo Viejo wines in Rioja.
Fun Facts About #TempranilloDay
- Spanish Roots. The word “Tempranillo” comes from the Spanish word “temprano” which means “early” since the grapes ripen earlier than other Spanish reds.
- Flavorful. Wines made from Tempranillo grapes feature flavors of berries, plums, herbs and tobacco.
- Worldwide Appeal. Although Tempranillo grapes are grown across over 500,000 acres of vineyards throughout the world, the grape originated in the perfectly cool climate of Northern Spain.
Raise a glass in celebration!