Common synonyms: Tinto Fino, Ulle de Llebre, Tinto del Pais, Aragones(z), Cencibel, Tinto del Toro, Tinta Roriz, Tinto Riojano, Valdepeñas

Parentage of the grape: indigenous to Europe, not known exactly where
History of the grape: Origins of Tempranillo are murky. It could be indigenous to the Spanish countryside, or it could have been brought there by the Moors from somewhere else unknown. There are theories it’s a clonal offshoot of Pinot Noir, and though it shares some characteristics, it has been proven the two are not related. But regardless, Tempranillo, which means “early little one” for its penchant for early ripening, has become widely cultivated all over the world in many styles. 
It is the leading red grape in Spain, where it is called by many names according to where it’s grown. It is most distinguished as the main grape of Rioja and Ribera del Duero, where, particularly in the higher altitude vineyard locations, it is produced Read more »

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  • The world is waking up to Portuguese wines. The country's vinho ... ... think Spain, you think the Tempranillo grape. Well we don't use the same grapes everyone else does. We have 315 different grape varieties, many of them unique to us.” Duarte noted Portuguese wines not only boast incredible taste, but also incredible value. “You want a velv... Read More

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  • It's truffle oil in asparagus soup, right? And the per bottle budget is ... see the Nebbiolo or Syrah or Tempranillo with that. And real age (even younger bottles) knock the budget into a cocked hat.Although it'd certainly be fun to do some testing along these lines...  ; Read More

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  • Thanks for all your imput! We already have a winery but want to add Torrontes! ... I think it will do great! Tempranillo loves it here! Yes Reding is hot but when you've been here for 40+ years you get use to it! Beautiful place to live if you love the outdoors, mountains, streams, lakes, hiking, kayaking, skiing etc. and love....win Read More

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  • Hi All!  I could really use some advice.  My husband and I run a restaurant and we are having a 4-course Valentines dinner and I'm looking to pair each course with wine.  Affordable wines...lol!  The courses I need help with are: ginger soy braised beef with crispy rock shrimp tempura(think Nobu style) with cauliflower puree carrots and snap pea... Read More

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