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Fabulous! Our Chef-Maker Dinner with Chef Scott Neuman

Saturday, February 16th we were thrilled to host our third Chef-Maker dinner with Chef Scott Neuman of ¡Oba! Restaurante in Portland. Here are some of the highlights in photo form:

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Abacela's Tempranillo makes the cover of the Oregon Wine Press!

Flame for SpainBy Kerry Newberry
When George Bernard Shaw wrote: “There is no love sincerer than the love of food” it’s easy to imagine he had just returned from a trip to Spain. From the vibrant paellas of Valencia to the sea-salt kiss of mejillones in Galicia, the romance of food can sweep you off your feet from coast to coast. The Spanish proverb “barriga llena, corazón contento” rings true ... full stomach, happy heart.
In tiny villages, during the evening tapas hours, locals dress up and stroll the cobblestone streets, gathering in tapas bars and bodegas to eat and drink, flirt and debate, reveling in simple pleasures.   
The tapas that adorn the bar can be as simple as slices of chorizo sausage and fresh figs wrapped with jamón Serrano to tuna stuffed in scarlet-hued piquillo peppers and classic tortilla española de patatas. An evening eating tapas is like a courtship should be: long, leisurely, tantalizing.  
The cadence of culinary life in Spain is slower, and lik…

Hilda Jones featured in Oregon Wine Press

Queens of the UmpquaStory by Nancy Rodriguez | Photography by Gary Leif
This is the land of “A Hundred Valleys.” It’s also the land of numerous wineries and wine varieties, too. The Umpqua Valley is the oldest wine-producing region in Oregon, crafting quality wines for more than 50 years. Now with the birth of the Southern Oregon Wine Institute in Roseburg, there’s a higher level of sophistication in this appellation. Add to that the increase in women winemakers and growers, and Oregon has a story in the making. 

Abacela Winery A passion to match varietal to environment brought Hilda and Earl Jones to the Umpqua Valley. Their dream was to produce a world-class Tempranillo in the style of the Rioja region of Spain. After an extensive search and research, they found property at the southern end of the Umpqua Valley AVA in 1992. The land was the perfect pairing of a unique micro-climate to clone. In 1995, they planted the first Tempranillo grown in the Northwest. They named t…

Abacela Muscat "Wine of the Week" from

Our 2011 Muscat is chosen as a favorite "Wine of the Week" from Chuck Hill at Wines Northwest.

"Earl and Hilda Jones pursued their love of Tempranillo by establishing Abacela winery near Roseburg, Oregon in 1995.  Over the years the vineyard has expanded beyond the original Tempranillo plantings to include 20 varietals.  This Muscat was grown on the property in the Abacela Fault Line Vineyard and offers bright aromas of orange blossom, stone fruits and honeysuckle leading to a mildly sweet palate with flavors of honey, ripe pear and spice – a nice sip and great cooling accompaniment to spicy dishes."

This isn't the first kudos we've received for this wine. It was also rated "Outstanding" in  Wine Press Northwest's Fresh Press:

"This beautiful example of Muscat came from Abacela’s estate Fault Line Vineyard at the winery near Roseburg, Ore. The grapes were picked the second week of October, and the wine is finished at a pleasantl…