Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Abacela completes Carbon Neutral Challenge

Roseburg, OR – April 27, 2010: In 2007 the Oregon Environmental Council and the Oregon Wine Board joined together to lead an initiative for Oregon wineries and vineyards to assess and reduce their carbon footprint, with the ultimate goal of becoming carbon neutral. Fourteen Oregon wineries participating in the Carbon Neutral Challenge have completed their first year of the carbon neutral program.

This is a unique effort of businesses working voluntarily to reduce their carbon footprint, and the largest effort within the wine industry in the United States. Oregon wineries and vineyards – many of which have already adopted sustainable agricultural practices into their operations – recognize that climate change will have a significant impact on their ability to grow grapes and produce quality wines.

While the state’s wine industry is not a major emitter of greenhouse gas emissions, it is directly impacted by climate change. The wine industry is the “canary in the coal mine” for climate change. By completing the first year of the initiative, these wine industry leaders are demonstrating the important role businesses play in reducing carbon emissions and providing leadership within the wine industry and beyond.

Fourteen wineries and vineyards have completed the carbon neutral program for 2009 and invested in a regional, verifiable offset. These are: Abacela , Adelsheim Vineyard, A to Z Wineworks/REX HILL, Chehalem , Cooper Mountain Vineyards, King Estate Winery, Left Coast Cellars, Lemelson Vineyards, Mahonia Vineyards, Sokol Blosser Winery, Soter Vineyards, Stoller Vineyards, Willamette Valley Vineyards, and Winderlea Wine Company.

Friday, April 16, 2010

Earl Jones to pour at Mondo Vino in Denver

Earl Jones will be pouring his wines at Mondo Vino in Denver, Colorado on April 23rd from 3:30 to 7:00 pm. Earl pioneered Iberian varietals, specifically Tempranillo and Albarino, in the Pacific Northwest. Stop by and taste the wines and learn about Abacela's unique history.

3601 W 32nd Ave, Denver, (303) 458-3858

Abacela and the Portland Opera

Abacela is a proud sponsor of the Portland Opera's Camerata Circle!
Earl & Hilda Jones enjoyed a fabulous dinner last night (April 15th) at the Benson Hotel's Mayfair Room in Portland celebrating the upcoming opening of the Barber of Seville on May 7th. Over 150 guests enjoyed operatic vignettes and classic Andalusian cuisine paired with Abacela's 2008 Abariño and 2005 "South East, Angle, and Knoll Block Reserve" Tempranillo. See the opera

Abacela's 2007 Port Reviewed...

By Paul Gregutt (

...As it happens, Abacela – an Oregon winery specializing in Iberian varietal wines – makes both a Claret and a Port, and both are quite good. The 2007 Abacela Port, which I sipped on throughout a long evening of guitar playing last night, is the poster child for a truly outstanding American Port. It’s labeled Port, which may be due to 1) label approval before the new law took effect or 2) being grandfathered in, as some Claret producers are. In any event, it’s a wine that any Port lover should experience, for I have not had a finer American version.

The estate-grown blend includes 53% Tempranillo, 19% Bastardo, 13% Tinta Amarela, 9% Tinta Cão, and 6% Touriga Naçional. These five traditional Douro grapes were grown at Abacela’s Fault Line vineyards. I don’t know what neutral spirits were used, but they are of a higher quality than most, with none of the burn that affects a lot of domestic fortifieds. This is a creamy, sexy, chocolate and raspberry wine, which does not stop there, but keeps invigorating the palate with cascading flavors of figs, berries, raisins, plums, cocoa, mocha, dark chocolate and earth. It’s seductive as hell, and I had to fight my desire to drink the entire (half) bottle – mostly because I want to see if it opens up still further with a day or two of breathing time.

Full Review

Thursday, April 15, 2010

Vintner's Blend #10 Reviewed...

"Get out of that taste rut with these originals." by Matt Kramer, The Oregonian, Sunday April 11, 2010

Abacela "Southern Oregon" Vintner's Blend #10 Red Table Wine: Various wines from Abacela winery in Roseburg have appeared in this space numerous times over the years. The reason is simple: Abacela makes terrific wines with grape varieties that other in Oregon never previously pursued.

Most of these exploratory varieties were Spanish grapes such as tempranillo and albariño. But Abacela also planted grapes that other in southern Oregon were already tinkering with, such as syrah, malbec, grenache, cabernet franc and viognier.

Abacela regularly purchases grapes from its southern Oregon colleagues. And that, in effect, is the story of its annual bottling designated Vintner's Blend red table wine. This latest version, Vintner's Blend #10, is sourced from five vineyards in addition to Abacela's own plantings: Alta Seca Vineyard, Delfino Vineyard, McCorquodale Vineyard and Pheasant Hill Vineyard.

This red table wine is composed of a boggling 14 grape varieties: tempranillo (39 percent), syrah (16 percent), merlot (10 percent), cabernet sauvignon (9 percent), petit verdot (5.5 percent) and minor amounts of graciano, cabernet franc, dolcetto, malbec, viognier, tannat, mourvédre, albariño and grenache.

Too often, such wildly disparate assemblages result in a wine of no real character. Such blends can be muddy-tasting and lack flavor focus. That's not the case here.

Abacela "Southern Oregon" Vintner's Blend #10 Red Table Wine (which does not show a vintage, by the way) is a ripe-tasting, rich red with the bright focused spiciness and refreshing acidity of tempranillo enhanced- rather than diminished- by the addition of all those other varieties.

This is a red wine that fairly begs for hearty, robust foods such as bean stews, chili, grilled meats, sausages and the like. Also, it will surely benefit from additional bottle age as the fruitiness of this red is substantial and still quite youthful. Worth noting is that this freshness is enhanced by the use of a screwcap closure.

At $15.95 a bottle, this is an outstanding deal in flat-out good red wine of real character with not a shred of pretension.

Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Earl pouring at Pour at Four in Tacoma

Umpqua In The House: Earl "Don't Call Me James" Jones, owner of Abacela Winery in the Umpqua Valley of Oregon, will pour complimentary tastes of the fruits of his labor Tuesady April 6th from 5:30-8:30 p.m. at Pour At Four in Tacoma.

Friday, April 2, 2010

Rastus found!

Our winery dog Rastus went missing last night... we searched for hours in the pouring rain this morning. We went online about Noon and found a Craigslist posting that someone found him last night! We called and will get him back tonight. Yeesssss!

Thursday, April 1, 2010

Bud Break at Abacela!

Over the past week Bud Break has occurred in numerous grape varieties, especially Grenache, Albariño, Mourvédre, and the Port varietals. Despite cold morning hours the vines tender leaf structure survived, and that’s no April Fools'!