- Vancouver USA wineries set table for Savor SW WA Wine
- Young AVA launches Lewis-Clark Valley Wine Festival
- Wine Marketing Roundtable set for April 8 in Walla Walla
- Woodinville photojournalist debuts VineLines Dispatch
- Walla Walla prison proposes plan for inmates to tend vines, hops
- Maryhill Winery springs into Vancouver, then Woodinville
- Jason Gorski takes over reins at DeLille Cellars
- Walla Walla Vintners makes winemaking change
- Famed writer Mike Dunne tastes trends at San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition
- Alumni, College Cellars of Walla Walla rock San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition
Tempranillo enjoying growing fame in Northwest
While Tempranillo remains a grape variety that is little-planted across the Pacific Northwest, the quality of the wines coming from this region’s winemakers gives hope that more will be planted each year.
In all of Washington state, fewer than 50 acres of the famous Spanish red wine have been established. And in Oregon’s Umpqua Valley – where the grape is perhaps best known in the Northwest – about 160 acres are in the ground.
But small numbers don’t mean much at this point because winemakers are crafting superb examples, consumers love what they are tasting, and wine critics are now thinking of the Northwest as an emerging region for Tempranillo.
Here are nine delicious Tempranillos we’ve tasted recently. Most are going to be available only from the wineries.