Winston winery benefits from recent trip to Spanish vineyards October, 12 2011; By Ryan Imondi, The News-Review A wine-centric tour of northern Spain may help Douglas County's wine industry flourish, according to some who made the trip.
A group eight wine producers, educators and enthusiasts recently traveled to the Ribera del Duero region as part of a cultural exchange with Roseburg sister city Aranda de Duero.
Besides enjoying the cuisine and observing the culture, some who went hope to forge an alliance between the Umpqua Valley and one of Spain's noted wine-growing regions.
The regions have in common the tempranillo, a black grape that makes full-bodied red wines.
For centuries the grape was confined to Spain, but eventually was planted in small areas of California, Chile, Mexico and Australia.
Abacela winery owner Earl Jones became enamored with Spanish wines during a trip to Spain with his wife in the 1980s. He planted his first tempranillo grapes at his Winston-are…
Tracking TempranilloStory and photography by Janet Eastman Some people will go to great lengths to learn about wine. In early September, eight Roseburg residents flew 6,000 miles to study Tempranillo in Spain’s Ribera del Duero. For three days, the group, led by Earl Jones of Abacela, walked across silty soil and into damp wine cellars. They toured high-production wineries with fortresses of American-made oak barrels, and they visited contemporary tasting rooms, where they sipped wine made in individually temperature-controlled stainless steel tanks. But they were never far from the past. In every village they entered, they discovered artifacts of this region’s 2,000-year-old wine history: Roman mosaics, hand-hewn wine presses, old bush vines. In the small town of Penaranda de Duero, the tourist office is inside a 300-year-old bodega with a fermentation tank that looks like a swimming pool. The group of winemakers, teachers and civic supporters even found a way for Oregon stud…
Vintner's Blend #16 Appellation: Umpqua Valley
The robust Spanish grape Tempranillo is the historic headliner at storied Abacela in Southern Oregon, and so it understandably makes up essentially half of this Mediterranean-style blend that calls upon 11 varieties. Syrah is the next grape up (21%) for winemaker Andrew Wenzl, who used it to create remarkable balance while toning down the tannins. There’s still ample grip, yet there’s an abundance of fruitiness to match. The nose features hints of black currant, cherry and lingonberry with touches of caramel corn and oregano. Inside, blackberry jam and bittersweet chocolate flavors are joined by tannins reminiscent of espresso grounds, which are led out by a raspberry cream finish.
Rated “Outstanding!” by Great Northwest Wine. (13.7% alc.) Price: $18 Cases produced: 2,486 Food pairings: Enjoy with anything pulled off the barbecue. Wine Press Northwest