Cathal McBride: Well-known tempranillo can still reveal hidden delights

World Tempranillo Day celebrated the universally known grape variety even if it is synonymous with the Spanish red wine industry

Tempranillo is less aromatic compared with other dominant red varietals such as cabernet sauvignon. Picture: Getty

World Tempranillo Day seems like something of a misnomer for a grape which is sporadically grown in small amounts in different parts of the world and yet is the backbone of the Spanish red wine industry.

The annual celebration took place last week of a universally known grape variety that has gained near entire notoriety and affection from within the northern Spanish regions of La Rioja, Navarra and Ribera del Duero. So familiar as it ...