TheTexas Signature Grape
Today is International Tempranillo Day.
Tempranillo is made with a black grape variety grown to make full-bodied red wines in Spain. It's now the 3rd most widely planted wine grape variety worldwide.
Tempranillo is derived from Temprano ("early"), in reference to the fact that the grape ripens several weeks earlier than most Spanish red grapes.
Fans of Tempranillo are often surprised to learn there is a white mutant version of the grape - although it is rare. the white tempranillo grape is an approved wine grape and has a citrus flavor.
Tempranillo wines tend to have spicey notes, so they are best paired with meat - like chicken, lamb, or pork.
Tempranillo's notes include strawberries, black currants, cherries, prunes, chocolate, and tobacco.
Tempranillo has found a home in Texas, and it has grown to be the state's signature grape. And, Tempranillo is arguably the signature red wine of Texas. So, cheers to International Tempranillo Day!