Friday, March 21, 2014

Abacela's Albarino recommended on Snooth

Abacela Albarino

The sun rarely shows its face in the Willlamette Valley's springtime, but when it does, there is only one food and wine pairing that I can't live without: Abacela Albarino (any vintage) and Spring Salad of Asparagus, Ramps, Snap Peas, and Peas, with Poached Egg and Lemon Zest Vinaigrette from  I'll whip this up, pour a glass of the Albarino, and eat outside while soaking in the warmth of the sun.  
Julia Crowley

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Friday, March 14, 2014

"Fiesta" Tempranillo released & Paella to celebrate!

The 2011 Fiesta Tempranillo is now released. "Fiesta" means "party!" in Spanish and that's exactly what our Fiesta Tempranillo is; a party in a bottle.

Our quick maturing, fruit forward Tempranillo is sure to inspire your own crack a bottle and celebrate the release of our
2011 Fiesta Tempranillo!

"Our “Fiesta” Tempranillo is a fruit forward, early drinking wine made from 100% estate grapes. Careful farming of specific cultivars in West Slope and similar soils enables us to craft this less tannic, high expression wine. Ageing of these fruity lots for 17 months in barrel produced this delicious upon release “fun” Tempranillo. While ideal with tapas such as Manchego and chorizo, it will also pair well with grilled meats. Or just break out a bottle for an instant celebration."
2011 Fiesta Tempranillo is now available to order online for $23/bottle. Special discounts apply for Wine Club members.

We hosted a Release Party on Friday, March 14th and featured a traditional Valencian Paella made by our own Gabrielle. Made with Rabbit, Chicken, Chorizo, red peppers, artichokes, green beans and bomba rice, it was the perfect accompaniment to the new Fiesta Tempranillo

Adding the special bomba rice.

Adding the broth for liquid.

Taste testing...

Arranging the artichokes.

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Adding the red bells for color and flavor.
Oh yeah!

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Vineyard pruning nearly finished at Abacela.

Pruning of our estate vineyards started just after the new year. Our crew has worked over the past nine weeks to get all 76 acres pruned before the spring arrives. We've had heavy rains, daytime temperatures near freezing and wonderful sunny days. Hurrah to the vineyard crew!
A winter afternoon at the vineyard.

View of the Vine & Wine Center from Cox's Rock Vineyard.

After pruning, flail mowing is done to grind up the "sticks"
of budwood and recycled back into the soil.

Cane pruning.

Spur pruning.

Cox's Rock estate vineyard's namesake.

Glorious afternoon at the winery.

South West Block, between Cox's rock and tree,
 where Clone 1 Tempranillo is grown.

Cobblestone Hill Vineyard in right background.

Thursday, March 6, 2014

"Thursdays After Hours" begin March 13th.

We're excited to announce that starting March 13th we will extend our hours to 7:00 pm on Thursday nights for wine tasting and nibbles. 

Thursday After Hours features:

  • $1 off wine by the glass
  • Rotating cheese selection
  • Plaza Plates, our "antipasti" with cheese, meat, nuts, olives, etc.
  • Weekly drawing. Bring your business card! Must be present to win.

Thursday, February 20, 2014

2012 Muscat - Wine of the Week on

Our 2012 Muscat was picked as "Wine of the Week" by Chuck Hill from Wines Northwest ( 

"Here is another delicious Muscat crafted from a varietal blend of 88% Early Muscat and 12% Muscat Blancs รก Petit Grains. The grapes were harvested at peak flavor and fermented cold to preserve Muscat’s unique aromatics (take a walk through a Muscat vineyard at harvest time, WOW!).  Look for aromas and flavors of ripe peach, mandarin orange, melon, lychee and grapefruit." 

Try the 2012 Muscat today, before it's gone!