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Seattle's Sustainable Sommelier features Abacela wines and environmental efforts

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Here is an excerpt from today's blog post by Sustainable Seattle featuring our winery:
More News from our Sustainable SommelierA recent trip to Southern Oregon brought me to visit quite a few of the plentiful wineries exploding in the Umpqua River Valley. I tasted quite a few great wines, but wanted to pass on three wineries to our readers who are really doing things the right way. Not only making great wine, but practicing sustainable farming and taking great care of the earth that supplies them with their grapes. Definitely worth a trip to visit. Or pick up a bottle from your favorite wine retailer, or ask them to procure one for you if they don't yet carry it.

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I hold on for dear life as Earl Jones’ tractor careers along the steep grade of his Umpqua vineyards, and he explains to me why he and his wife decided to set up a winery in this little known corner of Southern Oregon:
He was sipping a phenomenal little Ribera del Duero (Spanish wine made from the Tempranillo gr…

Our Port visits Portugal!

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Port takes its name from the city of Oporto, Portugal, which is situated at the mouth of the 560-mile long Rio Douro or "River of Gold." Port became famous in 1678 after two Englishmen arrived in Lamego, a mountain town in the Douro Valley, and discovered the sweet, fortified concoction produced at a local monastery. The abbot of Lamego practice mutage, arresting the fermentation of his wines with brandy while sugar was still present. The Englishmen sent the wines home where the strength, richness and durability earned it wide popularity. 
Our Port is crafted from the five traditional Douro wine grapes grown on our estate- Tempranillo, Bastardo, Tinta Amarela, Tinta Cáo and Touriga Naçional. It has been recognized by Wine Press Northwest as "Outstanding, one could call this the Northwest's most honest Port-style wine for a variety of reasons, starting with Earl Jones' adherence to Portuguese varieties..." and by Paul Gregutt saying, "I have not had a fi…

FIESTA like a Llanero!

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Although everyday seems like a "fiesta" here, once a year we make it a formal event by hosting our "Llaneros" Wine Club Fiesta. It is one of our most anticipated events of the year with our loyal members flocking in for a day of Spanish varietals, themed dinner and flamenco guitar and dancing. 


This year's theme was "Under Construction" to commence the groundbreaking on our new Visitors' Center (more information coming soon). Our construction shirts were a big hit:

Before the official party started, our winemaker, Andrew Wenzl, held an exclusive comparative Tempranillo tasting. He guided a group of 20 members through a tasting of Tempanillos from Spain and our own Library selections. 



This year we featured three dueling paellas, our very own along with two other guest chef's creations. And what would a fiesta be without plenty of tapas served?
Under the wine tent we made food and wine pairing suggestions as well as pouring some of our newest rel…