Great Northwest Wine
January 8, 2018
Tempranillo, the bold red classic grape of Spain’s Rioja region, is quickly becoming a favorite grape and wine across the Pacific Northwest.
Tempranillo landed in the Northwest, thanks in no small part to the vision of Earl Jones, owner of Abacela Winery near Roseburg, Ore., who planted the state’s first Tempranillo in 1995. Washington’s first Tempranillo went into the soil at famed Red Willow Vineyard. The Yakima Valley vineyard first planted it in 1993.
Later this month, the third annual Oregon Tempranillo Celebration will be staged in Portland’s Lloyd District, a weekend highlighted by the public grand tasting on Sunday, Jan. 21 at the DoubleTree by Hilton. More than 20 Oregon producers will be pouring, and admission to the three-hour tasting is $75.