Showing posts from September, 2011

Abacela, proud sponsor of the Portland Opera!

The Portland Opera's BIG NIGHT was Saturday, September 24th and owner Earl Jones and winemaking intern Jose Tejedor attended as sponsorship guests. Here are  a few pictures from the event:

Except from a new article about Southern Oregon wineries...

Sampling Southern Oregon’s marvelous wines. By Roy Stevenson, September 16, 2011

Southern Oregon is fast becoming recognized as a viticultural powerhouse, as it’s wines keep gaining national and international recognition. Two appellations in particular, the Umpqua Valley and the Rogue Valley, are the primary engines behind this wine renaissance, with a remarkable array of reds, whites and varietals that wine lovers a diverse selection indeed.

The Umpqua Valley’s wine legacy can be traced from Richard Summers, who first planted vines in Roseburg in 1961, making the Umpqua Valley the oldest continually producing wine region in the Pacific Northwest and the cradle of the Oregon wine industry.

Summers, founder of Hillcrest Winery, planted his vines against the advice of Californian vintners who believed the climate and soil were not right for grapes. It turned out that the valley’s different geologic terranes produced a rich diversity of landscapes and microclimates along its 45-m…

Up and Coming Red Wines - Cabernet franc

A new review of our wine by's Chuck Hill in his online column Wines of the Week. (Part 2 of 4)
Abacela, 2007 Cabernet Franc, Southern Oregon, $27.00 Sourcing fruit from different sub-regions proved to be an important consideration in the creation of Abacela's 2007 Cabernet Franc.  The fruit from the estate Fault Line Vineyard in Roseburg was combined with Rogue Valley fruit from Alta Seca and Pheasant Hill Vineyards.  Owner Earl Jones feels that the warmer Rogue fruit contributed ripe blueberry, lavender and sweet vanilla, while his estate fruit supplied savory aromatics of floral notes and herbs along with a backbone of fine-grained tannins.  A nice combination of the new- and old-world styles, it was the top-scoring wine in our tasting with mixed grill of lamb and goat.

Another great story by wine columnist Janet Eastman

Abacela Tempranillo celebrates Tempranillo Dayby Janet Eastman

Earl and Hilda Jones of Abacela winery introduced Tempranillo and other Spanish varietals to Oregon decades ago. And although Earl Jones is in Portugal now on his way to Spain, he reminds us that today, September 1, is the First Annual International Tempranillo Day. The Roseburg resident will be celebrating with his son, climatologist Greg Jones, at an international workshop and tasting in Regua in the Douro Valley.

Since Tempranillo means “early” in Spanish, we suggest you start thinking about ways to celebrate Tempranillo this morning. Here are some events organized by the Tempranillo Advocates Producers and Amigos Society (TAPAS) in Oregon, California and Washington:

* Vertical Tasting at Abacela - A tasting of library Tempranillos from several vintages, including Abacela’s 1997 Estate Tempranillo, the first commercial bottling of 100% varietal Tempranillo produced in America in the modern era, starting…

International Tempranillo Day 2011 - September 1st

We've already seen lots of tweets, blog, and FB posts about Tempranillo Day...  Starting with Earl Jones in Portugal:  "Enjoying a bottle of 2006 Foral Reserva (tempranillo based wine) with friends and dinner at Quinta Tourais in Requa Portugal welcoming in tomorrow (International Tempranillo Day)!". 
Then to blog already posted by @winerabble:
Sept. 1: International Tempranillo Day by Michele Francisco How do you plan to celebrate this wonderfully inky noble wine?
For beginners out there who haven’t yet tried this grape varietal, I highly recommend seeking it out! (It’s pronouncing tem • pra • ne-yo just so you know!) Born and raised in the higher elevations of Rioja and Ribera del Duero regions of Spain, the noble Tempranillo has now migrated across the globe.  The neighboring country of Portugal refers to it as Tinta Roriz and when it first arrived to the United States, it was called Valdepenas.
Since Tempranillo has traveled out west, I thought it would be a gre…