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Wine lovers and producing wineries have an opportunity to explore the rise of Tempranillo

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The Oregon Tempranillo Alliance (OTA) is gearing up to host the 2018 Oregon Tempranillo Celebration from Jan. 19- 21 at the Hilton DoubleTree in Portland.

Stimulated by growth in acreage planted, production tonnage, critical acclaim and market share for Oregon Tempranillo, producers from around the state will gather for a weekend of celebration, education and tasting, culminating with the Grand Tasting in which consumers will have the opportunity to sample from among the best Tempranillo in the state.

"Wine critics have affirmed that Oregon Tempranillo has excellent quality, rivaling the famous Spanish Tempranillo wines. Oregon Tempranillo appeals to sophisticated wine aficionados who are looking for a bigger Oregon red wine," said founding OTA member Earl Jones. "We have learned that excellent Tempranillo can be produced throughout the state, and that Oregon could be known around the world for its fine Tempranillo."

The programming for Jan. 19-20 is devoted to the wine trade and will feature seminars with a focus on various viticulture and winemaking aspects of Tempranillo, with a special seminar devoted to sampling key differences between premium Tempranillo from Spain and Oregon.

The Grand Tasting is being held on Sunday, Jan. 21, from 1-4 p.m. in the exhibit hall at the DoubleTree by Hilton, 1000 N.E. Multnomah St. in Portland. This is an opportunity for consumers to sample from among the best Tempranillo wines in Oregon, accompanied by an array of sumptuous tapas and a free logo souvenir wine glass. Tickets are $75 and are available online at oregontempranilloalliance.com/tickets.

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