Showing posts from October, 2012

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…