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Abacela named "2013 Oregon Winery of the Year"

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2013 Oregon Winery of the Year: Abacela WineryPublished: March 7, 2013

By Eric Degerman— Wine Press Northwest
Roseburg, Ore. — Earl Jones’ taste for Tempranillo continues to bring international fame to Southern Oregon, but his predilection and genius show his Fault Line Vineyards at Abacela also are deliciously suited for other varieties from Spain and Portugal.

The latest proof came during Wine Press Northwest’s 2012 Platinum Judging, an invitation-only competition of wines that won a gold medal in the United States or beyond during the calendar year.

Abacela entered three wines from grapes native to the Iberian Peninsula, and each one from winemaker Andrew Wenzl attained Platinum — the 2011 Albariño, 2011 Grenache Rosé and 2009 Port. That winning trifecta made Abacela the clear choice as Wine Press Northwest’s 2013 Oregon Winery of the Year.

“I consider the good news to be the most significant recognition we have received since the Spanish awarded us a gold medallion for T…

Great Northwest Wine on Abacela...

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Awards for Abacela wines go beyond Tempranillo in Oregon By on March 10, 2013
Abacela makes room in its Fault Line Vineyards for young plantings of Albariño and Tempranillo. (Eric Degerman/Great Northwest Wine)

CANYONVILLE, Ore. – The Umpqua Valley Winegrowers Association recently staged the 43rd Greatest of the Grape as J. Scott Cellars and Abacela left Oregon’s oldest wine event with the top awards.
J. Scott Cellars, a Eugene project by Silvan Ridge winemaker Jonathan Scott Oberlander, won the professional judges’ best of show for its 2011 Grenache. Abacela’s 2009 Estate Syrah was voted The People’s Choice (best of show) during the March 2 gala at Seven Feathers Hotel Resort and Casino.

“This is our second year in a row to win,” said Earl Jones, Abacela’s owner and founding winemaker. “Last year, we won with our Tempranillo, so it’s nice to see two of our varieties climbing to the top of the ladder in successive years.”

Abacela winemaker Andrew Wenzl is co…