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Date:February 01, 2016

Tempranillo Advocates, Producers and Amigos Society (TAPAS)
 Presents its Annual Grand Wine Tasting in Los Angeles, March 24, 2016

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Los Angeles, CA  – The world’s most comprehensive tasting of American-produced Tempranillo celebrates its 9th year in 2016, when the Tempranillo Advocates, Producers and Amigos Society (TAPAS) conducts its annual Grand Wine Tasting at La Brea Bakery Café, 468 South La Brea Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90036, on Thursday, March 24, 2016 from 7:00-9:00 p.m. (6:00-9:00 p.m. for VIP).  Join over sixteen TAPAS member vintners as they showcase over 50 wines and their top Tempranillo bottlings as well as other Iberian varietal wines.

Wine lovers and selected members of the Press will have the opportunity to taste and explore a large set of Iberian varietals, such as Tempranillo, Albariño, Garnacha, Verdelho, Touriga, Graciano, and other Spanish and Portuguese varieties, in a casual walk-around setting where they can chat with growers and vintners.  Attendees will be encouraged to explore the diversity of grapes and styles produced across the western United States, including California, New Mexico, Oregon and Texas.  Many TAPAS members are limited-production, family-owned wineries and will be pouring small lot wines that are not widely available.

Earlier that day, restaurateurs and wine shop operators will gather for a special tasting, just for select members of the trade.

La Brea Bakery Café plays host to the event and will feature a very wide set of appetizers to pair with the wide selection of red, white and rosé wines.

This year’s tasting – the first TAPAS event outside Northern California – is produced in partnership with wineLA, a premier provider of wine education and events in the Los Angeles area.  For more information, including trade, media, and VIP options, please visit the event website at wineLA.com/tapas.

TAPAS President Stuart Spencer (of St. Amant Winery in Lodi) says, “The TAPAS Grand Tasting is a unique opportunity for you to discover, savor and celebrate this treasure chest of exotic and delightfully food-friendly wines. You will gain appreciation for what some visionary winegrowers are doing here on American soil. Don’t miss it!”

About TAPAS

TAPAS, now in its tenth year, started at the 2004 Unified Symposium, when Tempranillo winegrowers from California, Oregon, Washington, Texas and Arizona met for the first time to discuss their avocation.  Since that first visionary group pointed the way, the organization has incorporated and grown to over 100 members.  The first Grand Wine Tasting was held at Copia in Napa in 2008, and has continued annually since then, as one of many initiatives to promote Tempranillo and other varietal wine grapes native to the Iberian Peninsula and wines produced from them in North America.

About WineLA

Los Angeles wine industry experts work with the greatest wines, wineries and regions of the world to bring the best of the Southern California wine audience together for insightful and impactful events. Originally named LearnAboutWine, the team rebranded to wineLA in 2015 to embrace both education and social tastings throughout greater Los Angeles.

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