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Abacela wins big in 2012 Platinum Judging

Highlights from Wine Press Northwest's 2012 Platinum Judging:
"Abacela in Roseburg, Ore., won Platinums for all three of its entries. That's consistency at a high level."
2011 Albariño, Umpqua Valley, $18: Owner Earl Jones was a pioneer in bringing this Iberian white variety to the Pacific Northwest, and he and winemaker Andrew Wenzl continue to craft one of the region's best. This is a bone-dry wine that is loaded with acidity on top of it. The result is a bold, steely wine with aromas of lime zest, Asian pears, gooseberries and lemons, followed by bracing flavors of quince, citrus and minerality. It's a beautiful and seamless wine from beginning to end and is the perfect pairing with scallops, swordfish or clam dip.
2011 Grenache Rosé, Umpqua Valley, $15: Andrew Wenzl's pink from this Rhone variety earned an "Outstanding!" rating from us this spring, and it's not slowing down. Aromas of strawberry/rhubarb compote, lime juice and peach blosso…

Abacela Albariño in Arizona!

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'Tis the Season for Surf & Turf - Oregon Wine Press

We agree! Tempranillo is great with turf, beef, pork, lamb, deer, you name it. What is your favorite Tempranillo and food pairing?

Big Red Revelry = Malbec & Merlot exposed!

Our 2009 Malbec and 2009 Merlot make the Oregon Wine Press Big Red Revelry article this month.

Oregon’s take on Bordeaux makes great impression on panel France’s famed Bordeaux region is recognized worldwide for a family of winegrapes that produce some of the greatest wines the world has ever known. Jointly referred to as the Bordeaux or Bordelaise varietals, they are Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Merlot, Petit Verdot, Malbec and Carménère.

Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc and Merlot are by far the most widely planted in Bordeaux. Likewise in the U.S., the three have been universally embraced by winemakers, primarily as singly bottled varietals.

In Oregon, these late ripening varieties are planted primarily in the Rogue and Umpqua valleys. As of 2011, total acreages were Cabernet Sauvignon, 640, Merlot, 460, and Cabernet Franc, 120 acres. The varieties also thrive in Washington’s Columbia and Yakima valley AVAs as well as the Walla Walla Valley AVA, which is shar…

Chef-Maker Dinner Series at Abacela

Our second Chef-Maker Dinner was October 18th with Chef Ricardo Segura of Patanegra in Portland, OR. These are just a select few images from that fabulous night:

Our next Chef-Maker Dinner is scheduled for Saturday, January 19th at Abacela's Vine & Wine Center. Keep up to date with Abacela on our Events page.

National Dessert Day Sale, October 14th

October 14th is National Dessert Day. Yes, we know it's a Hallmark holiday, but hey, it's a great reason to have a sale on our dessert wines don't you think?  Enjoy 15% off bottles, or pick up 6+ bottles and receive 20% off along with free shipping. Mix or match 2010 Blanco Dulce, 2011 Muscat, & 2009 Port.  Sunday only!

Vintage 2012 - Tempranillo processing video

The Tempranillo, Duero clone on 4453 rootstock, was picked on Tuesday, October 9th 2012. Hand picked, then processed on our destemmer. The fruit will ferment in a one ton bin then be gravity fed to barrel this fall. Yum!

Abacela wines finalists in Snooth's People's Voice Awards

Abacela's 2007 Tempranillo Reserve and 2011 Albariño are finalists in Snooth's People's Voice Awards! Help us win by voting today:

Vote Now: Vote for the 2007 Tempranillo Reserve Vote for the 2011 Albariño

Great press from the San Francisco Chronicle on

An American ode to an Iberian favorite
By Jon BonnéI remember my first experience with a homegrown Tempranillo - a bottle from Oregon, and as it turns out, one that's essential to the grape's legacy on these shores. For a special dinner, a friend opened the Abacela Reserve Tempranillo, grown by Earl and Hilda Jones in Roseburg, Ore.

"Opened" is not totally accurate. The bottle had been uncorked two days prior in hopes of taming a bit of a growler. It was still brooding, appealing in the way the thickest-armed Rioja Riservas can be. Good thing we were having beef.

Curiously, for a grape considered a benchmark of European greatness and one suited to our Western climate, Tempranillo (Tinta Roriz in Portugal) has a recent history here. Examples have cropped up in ones and twos, but only in the past three years has there been something approaching traction.

Occasionally promising reports would come from the field. Gundlach Bundschu had one that collected its posse of fans ove…

Abacela at Savor Southern Oregon

Savor Southern Oregon in Portland's Director Park was a resounding success. The beautiful weather created a convivial atmosphere to say the least. Twenty-four wineries were represented and with over 100 Southern Oregon wines for consumers to try, we believe Savor 2012 was one of the best events focusing on our region to date!

Abacela at Bon Appetit's Feast Portland

Abacela is pleased to be recognized as an Oregon Wine Pioneer. Abacela's Earl Jones will speak on Friday, September 21st for Oregon Wine Pioneers. 
Feast Portland: Oregon Wine Pioneers Panel The pioneers that came to Oregon via the Oregon Trail were most likely swigging moonshine rather than fine wine, but in the 1960s a different group of pioneers made their way North from the wine producing valleys of California seeking new winemaking territory. These Oregon wine pioneers forged a tight bond while breaking ground for their vineyards and wineries and helped define Oregon as a world-class wine region. Come hear their stories, taste their wines and hear how the wine west was won. Director Park Teacher's Fountain. 11:15 AM - 12:15 PM, $45 Tickets
• Dick Erath, Erath
Earl Jones, Abacela
• Susan Sokol Blosser, Sokol Blosser
• David Adelsheim, Adelsheim Vineyard

Tasting Annex: 12:15 - 1:00 PM
Immediately followi…

Abacela on Wines Northwest's Wines of the Week

Chuck Hill's recent reviews in his "Up and Coming Red Wines – Tempranillo and Grenache" on

2009 Tempranillo
This is why Earl and Hilda Jones came to Oregon – the pursuit of a climate where they could grow their favorite Spanish varietal, Tempranillo.  Since the first Tempranillo plantings in 1995, Abacela winery has won many awards for their Spanish-style varietal wines that showcase the grape’s character and not heavy oak.  Aromas of red cherry and raspberry mingle with light spice and floral character, leading to a cherry/berry palate with hints of cedar and vanilla. 

2011 Grenache Rosé As summer heat finally builds up in the Northwest, wine lovers go looking for a cool alternative to room temperature red wine – an alternative that still offers complexity and a little grip on the palate.  Abacela offers their Grenache Rosé to fill this niche.  Bright pink in the glass with shimmering violet hues at the edge, the wine o…

Abacela Wine Club Fiesta 2012

Images from our Wine Club Fiesta 2012