When in San Francisco... Do as the Spaniards Do?

While Santa Barbara sees a lot of Spanish influence, its wine country does not.

In fact, Spanish varietals are unlikely to show up in any tasting room in the U.S. That's why attending the Tempranillo Advocates, Producers, and Amigos Society's (TAPAS) Grand Wine Tasting in San Francisco on June 5, would be a great way to expand any Santa Barbaran's tasting horizons.

The event will feature domestically-grown Spanish and Portugese varietal wines including Tempranillo, Albarino, Garnacha, Graciano, Mourvedre, Touriga, Verdelho, and Bastardo.

In a "casual, walk-around setting" tasters will get to chat with the wines' growers and producers-- all TAPAS members from Arizona, California, and Oregon-- most of whom hail from obscure wineries. The event will also provide Chef Marco Rauch's "World's Most Delicious Paella" alongside other food pairings from Bay Area restaurants.

If you're looking for a nice weekend wine getaway to kick off the summer, take your palate up to San Francisco on June 5 for an Iberian experience.

Tickets are $35 per person if purchased here or $50 at the door, and only $20 per person for a group of 10.

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