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July Favorites byonJULY 27, 2014 A roundup of my favorite things from the week in the categories of wine, food, travel, and lifestyle.

It’s been awhile since I posted my weekly favorites.  This month was a blur, involving lots of travel, visitors, and toddlers who aren’t in preschool for the summer (eek!).  So here are a few favs from the last couple weeks.  Since the kids are by my side 24/7, there will be several mentions of them.  Be warned. WINEEverything’s coming up rosé No camping excursion is complete with out wine. And I’m really digging this type of backyard camping trip where I can just run inside to grab a bottle from the fridge and dunk it in the ice bucket and never have to worry about running out of ice (or refrigeration for that matter). 2013 Abacela Grenache RoséUmpqua Valley, Southern Oregon I’ve been waiting and waiting and waiting for this baby to come out.  You may have heard merave about this rosé before. Heck I even hailed it as the rosé I most look forward to ye…

We have veraison!

We have véraison in the vineyard! This is a shot of our Grand Hill Toro Tempranillo just starting the ripening process. Cheers to Vintage 2014!

Abacela's 2012 Garnacha Released!

The 2012 Garnacha is released! This is one of those wines that we don't year-round stock of... It's always exciting when the new Garnacha is ready. Are you ready for it? Winemaker Notes The climate of our estate vineyards, being similar to Garnacha’s homeland in northern Spain, produces fruit with expressive cherry, raspberry, violet, lavender and savory aromas. The ripe fruits broadcast themselves across the palate while the tannic structure and lively acidity create this lovely wine that will improve over the next four to five years. Pairings include roasted vegetable medley with thick cut bacon.
Technical Notes Fruit Source:Abacela’s Estate Fault Line Vineyards Appellation:  Umpqua Valley, Southern Oregon Harvest Date:   18 October 2012 At harvest:  Sugar; 24.8° brix      At bottling:  Sugar; nil   pH; 3.56   TA; 6.49 grams/liter Cooperage:  French (100%), 5% new, 95% neutral Bottling Date:  5 June 2014 Alcohol:  14.3% by volume Case Production:  219.5 (750 m…

Abacela in the New York Times!

Only Hours From Napa, but a World AwayJULY 3, 2014
Next Stop By RACHEL LEVIN While Napa Valley and Sonoma are renowned for their world-class wines, tasting trips there generally come attached to luxurious digs, spa treatments, $25 tasting fees, Hummer limos and standstill traffic — and all the “no picnicking” pretension that goes with that.
It’s gotten to the point where a thirsty, fogged-in San Franciscan in search of summer sun, stellar wine and hotel rates less than $400 a night has to go out of state, especially when toting two children under the age of 5 and a husband who prefers his fishing rod to the French Laundry.
And so, we headed north to Oregon, not to the well-known Willamette Valley, in the state’s northwest, but about four hours to its south, a sprawling region better known for the “wild and scenic” (as the official designation has it) Rogue River and the Oregon Shakespeare Festival in Ashland than for the rolling vineyards …