Thursday, December 22, 2016

Abacela wins big at Platinum Judging

The 17th annual Wine Press Northwest Platinum Judging results are in!

530 entries were judged over October 26th to 28th at the Clover Island Inn, which overlooks the Columbia River in Kennewick, Wash.


Double Platinum2015 Grenache Rosé 
Earl Jones and his crew at Abacela in Oregon’s Umpqua Valley just keep cranking out winner after winner. This is simply a great rosé with enticing floral notes, precise, lively red-toned fruit that sports a jaunty red licorice note and puts tons of flavor in the mouth. Its lingering finish closes with a great balance of acid. Try it with a festive meal that includes turkey, ham or pork as a refreshing change from the hefty reds that usually dominate holiday meals. 


Platinum2015 Muscat 
Known best for its muscular reds and lean, clean Albariño, Abacela shows its versatility with this sweet, appealing wine made from Early Muscat (75%) and Muscat Blanc à Petits Grains. Harvested at only 22.5 Brix, it displays honeysuckle, lively acidity, nice spice notes, tropical fruit, tangerine zest, and is striking, fully-flavored and zippy despite its 3% residual sugar.

Double Gold, 2015 Albariño
Double Gold, 2015 Blanco Dulce
Double Gold, 2013 Garnacha
Double Gold, 2012 Malbec
Double Gold, 2013 Barrel Select Syrah
Double Gold, 2013 Fiesta Tempranillo 


Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Abacela in Portrait of Portland Magazine

"Top 12 Northwest Rosés"

2015 Grenache Rosé

"The country's pioneer with Spanish varieties Tempranillo and Albariño also produces stellar results year after year using Grenache for its rosé. This year, its accolades include best of class at two California judgings: the Pacific Rim International and the prestigious San Francisco International. Serve with tapas."

Abacela's 2015 Grenache Rosé featured.

Wednesday, October 5, 2016

It's Octoburrrrr... Time for Albarino and Shellfish!

What's your favorite shellfish to pair with Abacela Albariño

Abalony, Barnacles, Clams, Cockles, Crab, Crayfish, Geoduck, Langoustines, Lobster, Mussels, Prawns, Razor Clams, Scallops, Sea Urchin, Shrimp or Oysters?




We're ready for months with "R". R U? 

Get ready as cases of Albariño ship free all October... 
mix or match, any style or vintage.


Monday, September 26, 2016

Albariño wins big at Sunset Wine Competition!

Our 2015 Albariño receives a Best in Class distinction for its unanimous Gold Medal placement from the 2016 Sunset International Wine Competition.

NEW WORLD WHITES

Abacela 2015 Albariño
 
(Umpqua Valley, Southern Oregon, $21) This Oregon take on the white wine of Spain’s Rías Baixas region is a home run, with vibrant white peach, pear, and citrus fruit and complex hints of mineral, chamomile, and white pepper.
See it in the October 2016 issue of Sunset Magazine:



Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Abacela earns top honors at Oregon Wine Competition

The 2016 Oregon Wine Competition was held in Jacksonville, Oregon in conjunction with the Oregon Wine Experience Wine Festival. 

Double Gold Medal
2015 Albarino

Gold Medal

2013 Garnacha

Gold Medal
2015 Blanco Dulce

Silver Medal
2012 Reserve Tempranillo







See more about the competition at the Oregon Wine Experience website.

Thursday, July 21, 2016

Chris Lake becomes the Winegrower at Abacela

ROSEBURG, OR. - July 18, 2016; Abacela Winery is pleased to announce that Chris Lake, a native of California, will become the manager of Abacela’s Fault Line Vineyards in July of 2016. Chris obtained a Bachelor of Science in Plant Science at Fresno State University in 1993 and has over 20 years experience in the wine industry.  

Abacela and its Fault Line Vineyards are celebrating their 21st year in the industry and are best known as pioneers of Tempranillo and Albariño in America. Abacela has also introduced several other site-climate matched grape varieties to the region and in 2013 was recognized as the “Oregon Winery of the Year” by Wine Press Northwest magazine. In 2015 the Oregon Wine Board presented Earl and Hilda with the Industry’s "Lifetime Achievement Award." 

Chris will bring to Abacela’s production team valuable experience from California, Arkansas and Oklahoma. He comes to Abacela directly from Umpqua Community College where he headed up the Southern Oregon Wine Institute and directed its educational and administrative matters for the past eight years. Chris voiced, “After serving as a teacher and administrator for these last eight years I look forward to getting back into the field in one of Oregon’s premier estate vineyards and wineries.” 

He will join the Abacela wine team, which consists of Earl, the general manager, Andrew Wenzl, head winemaker, and Ryan Dudley, assistant winemaker in the growing and crafting of award winning wines. 

Earl added, “We are pleased that Chris is bringing a blend of practical and academic thought to help us develop one of Oregon’s most interesting vineyard properties to its full potential.”  

Friday, June 24, 2016

Oregon Tempranillo Alliance featured in the Tasting Panel Magazine

Promise fulfilled at the First Oregon Tempranillo Conference
by Randy Caparoso
The Tasting Panel, June 2016

"Who would argue against the fact that Tempranillo has a place among the pantheon of the world's greatest wine grapes...?"




"...Earl and Hilda Jones still remain at the head of the class... impeccably crafted wines-phenomenal by any standard, even Spain's."