Pick up a Texas Tempranillo to share with friends,
Taste & Tweet during #TXWine Twitter Chat from 7-8 p.m. CT

CENTRAL TEXAS, October 28, 2014 – Considered the signature red grape of Texas, Tempranillo is one of the fastest-growing grape varieties in the world and certainly one of the more popular varieties in Texas. With a climate, soil and other conditions similar to the grape’s Spanish roots, Texas is poised to be the New World home for Tempranillo.

The four wineries of Texas Fine Wine – Bending Branch Winery, Brennan Vineyards, Duchman Family Winery and Pedernales Cellars – invite Texans across the state to pick up their favorite Texas Tempranillo to help celebrate International Tempranillo Day on Thursday, November 13. The wineries also hope Texas wine enthusiasts will participate in the #TXWine Twitter chat about Tempranillo that evening from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. CT.

“After tasting several Texas Tempranillo- based wines from Pedernales Cellars and especially the first El Guapo from Jim Johnson of Alamosa Cellars years ago, the light bulb went off in my head. I decided to put my money where my mouth is and planted Tempranillo in my Hill Country vineyard,” says Master Sommelier Guy Stout and owner of Stout Vineyards. “Texas is the only place I have tasted Tempranillo other than in Spain where the varietal expresses that character I know as Tempranillo. Amazing wines.”

Here are four Texas Tempranillos to consider for the International Tempranillo Day celebration:

Bending Branch Tempranillo 2011 – this Tempranillo, produced using Bending Branch Winery’s innovative Cryomaceration (CM) process, offers classic notes of espresso grounds, sweet pipe tobacco, with a rich bing cherry and raspberry finish that balances with a bright acidic backbone and soft tannic structure. The 2010 won GOLD at the 2014 Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo International Wine Competition.

Brennan Vineyards Tempranillo 2012 – the second Tempranillo release from Brennan, this Tempranillo is a dry, full-bodied red wine with fruit flavors of prunes, tart blackberries and black currants, along with hints of pepper, cloves and pipe tobacco. The 2011 won GOLD at 2013 Pacific Rim Wine Competition, 2014 San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition and 2014 Dallas Morning News/TEXSOM Wine Competition.

Duchman Family Winery Bayer Vineyard Tempranillo 2011 – the first Tempranillo release from Duchman, this wine has notes of blueberries and tart raspberry, with dusty earthiness and mushroom on the palate. It won GOLD at 2014 Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo International Wine Competition.

Pedernales Cellars Texas Tempranillo 2012 – the 2012 vintage blends Tempranillo from both the High Plains and the Hill Country to produce a robust varietal Tempranillo. This vintage expresses the familiar notes of cherry and mineral with additional hints of dark chocolate and spice. The finish is supple with ample body and a moderate acidity that trails out nicely on the palate. The 2010 Texas Tempranillo won GOLD at the 2013 Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo International Wine Competition; 2012 Tempranillo Reserve won DOUBLE GOLD at the San Francisco International Wine Competition; 2010 High Plains Tempranillo and 2010 Tempranillo Reserve won Double Gold at Lone Star International Competition; and the 2010 High Plains Tempranillo won GOLD at 2013 Dallas Morning News/TEXSOM Wine Competition.

Here are some fun facts about Tempranillo:
• With some 575,000 acres of the world’s vineyards planted in Tempranillo, it is now the fourth-most planted grape variety.
• Tempranillo is also known by other names including Ull de Liebre, Cencibel, Tinto Fino, Tinta del Pais, Tinto Roriz, Aragonez
• Some of the oldest Tempranillo vineyards are found in the Ribera del Duero and Rioja regions of Spain.
• A black grape with thin skin, Tempranillo produces wines ruby red in color, with aromas and flavors of berries, plum, tobacco, leather and herbs.
• There are about 400 acres of Tempranillo planted in Texas.

If new to Twitter, here’s how to participate: just sign up for a free Twitter account at www.twitter.com. Consider TweetChat or other similar service to easily follow the #TXwine conversation. No registration is required; just log in using your Twitter account info. In the TweetChat room, participants are invited to follow tweets, add comments or tasting notes and share thoughts as participants taste and discuss the wines. Use hashtags #txwine and #TempranilloDay.

Texas Fine Wine is a distinctive group of highly respected wineries dedicated to producing world-class wines sourced from Texas appellation vineyards. For more information on Texas Fine Wine, go to www.TexasFineWine, Facebook “ TexasFineWine,” and Twitter “ @texasfinewine.”