What is Tempranillo

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Tempranillo is a favorite choice of red wine for many people who enjoy flavor-forward Spanish wines, but no matter what your preference, you should give this wine a try!

What is Tempranillo?

Tempranillo is a red wine made from the grape of the same name, which is native to northern Spain. The word comes from the Spanish “Temprano” or early, a reference to the early ripening of the grapes, although different regions in Spain have a variety of different names for this type of vintage.

When drunk on its own, the wine tastes young and fruity, medium-bodied, and is often described as having hints of strawberry if grown in cooler regions, or notes of chocolate if grown in warmer regions. However, since the flavor of this Spanish wine isn’t as distinctive as some others, it’s a popular grape to combine in red blends. It also ages well, usually in oak barrels, where it absorbs the flavor of the barrel to provide a rich and memorable flavor.

Red wine with an array of Spanish appetizers like cheese and meat

Tempranillo is a rich, full-bodied wine made in Spain. Photo Credit: Shutterstock

Nutrition Facts

A standard wine pour of 5 ounces (12% ABV) contains 125 calories and about 4 grams of carbohydrates, according to the USDA. However, the standard serving is dependant on the ABV of the alcoholic beverage. The ABV content in Tempranillo wines can range anywhere from 12.5-14.5%. The higher the alcohol content, the more the calories.

Tempranillo has a few potential health benefits such as lowering blood pressure and cholesterol and improving heart health, thanks to the presence of antioxidants and fiber in this beverage.

Tempranillo vs Rioja vs Malbec

  • Wines grown from the Tempranillo grape can come from a variety of places all over the world, including Australia, Argentina, and the Pacific Northwest.
  • That being said, riojas are exclusively produced in the Spanish region of Rioja and must follow strict guidelines for aging if they possess that name. However, that often may include Tempranillo grapes.
  • Malbec is named for the grapes of the same name, and while the wine originated in France, it is primarily grown today in Argentina and is widely known as a South American wine.

Adverse Risks Associated with Alcohol Consumption: The risks involved with drinking excessive alcohol can be short term such as violence and injuries to long-term health risks such as chronic diseases. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, people who should not drink alcohol include women who are pregnant, individuals younger than 21 years of age, and people who are recovering from alcoholism or cannot control the amount they drink. Also, it should be avoided by people who are planning to drive or any other activity that required focus and skill. However, different countries have different rules on alcohol purchase and consumption.

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John Staughton is a traveling writer, editor, publisher and photographer with English and Integrative Biology degrees from the University of Illinois in Champaign-Urbana (USA). He co-founded the literary journal, Sheriff Nottingham, and now serves as the Content Director for Stain’d Arts, a non-profit based in Denver, Colorado. On a perpetual journey towards the idea of home, he uses words to educate, inspire, uplift and evolve.

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