Abacela

International Albariño Day 2015

2014 Albariño

2013 Albariño Roble

International Albariño Day is a social media event that has now blossomed into a full fledged celebration of all things Albariño. We invite you to join Abacela either here in the Umpqua Valley or virtually using the hashtag #AlbarinoFiesta.

Albariño, indigenous to Northwestern Spain and Northern Portugal made into wines of the Rías Baixas and Vinho Verde respectively, has been grown on our estate vineyards since 2000. That is reason enough to celebrate!

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ALBARINO DAYS EVENTS

THURSDAY, July 3oth through SUNDAY, August 2nd:

  • Discounted by-the-glass specials
  • Sit out on our plaza with a Spanish-focused cheese plate or "Cambados" Tapas plate comprised of Spanish meats, cheese, almonds, olives and piquillo peppers - both great with Albariño.
  • Show us how you enjoy Albariño by using #AlbarinoFiesta on social media all week long.

THURSDAY

  • Check out the Albariño informative display in the Bacchus Room.
  • Enjoy complimentary tasting of our 2014 Albariño and 2013 Albariño Roble.
  • Spanish-focused Cheese Plate or "Cambados" Plaza Plate available from the kitchen.

FRIDAY

  • Pizza Friday starts early on August 1st (12-6:30 pm) with Albariño inspired pizzas, hot from our Spanish horno oven.
  • Yellow Capsule Wagon Tour at 3 pm with focus on our Albariño blocks in the vineyard. Learn how and where we grow Albariño and why this property is perfectly matched for the varietal.
  • Enjoy complimentary tasting of our 2014 Albariño and 2013 Albariño Roble.
  • Spanish-focused Cheese Plate or "Cambados" Plaza Plate available from the kitchen.

SATURDAY

  • Special Lunch Menu: Seafood & Artichoke Paella with Green Salad, Verjus Dressing $17
  • Live music with Jason Heald on Saturday, 12-4pm
  • Enjoy complimentary tasting of our 2014 Albariño and 2013 Albariño Roble.
  • Spanish-focused Cheese Plate or "Cambados" Plaza Plate available from the kitchen.

SUNDAY

  • Live music with Neil Johnson on Sunday, 12-4pm
  • Enjoy complimentary tasting of our 2014 Albariño and 2013 Albariño Roble.
  • Spanish-focused Cheese Plate or "Cambados" Plaza Plate available from the kitchen.

GET TO KNOW ALBARINO...

Did you know Abacela was the first to bottle Albariño wine in the Pacific Northwest in 2001? With 14 years production experience Abacela is one of America's oldest Albariño producing wineries. Currently there are more than 50 producers of Albarino in the USA. This stainless steel fermented style of Albariño emerged in 1987 and Abacela has been prouding producing Albariño since 2001.

Our estate’s Fault Line Vineyards has over 11 acres planted and 10 of those acres are strategically located on north sloped vineyard blocks, keeping the vines cool mimicing the growing conditions of its homeland. Our extensive experience with this varietal, both in the field and winery, produces aruguably America’s finest Albariño.

Prior to 1987, no one outside of the Rías Baixas in Northwest Spain had ever heard of the grape or wine. The advent of temperature controlled, stainless steel fermentation liberated this varietal from obscurity by releasing the aromas of floral blossom, apple, lemon zest, lime and fleshy white peach and delicate “briny ocean air” that had been hidden by oak nuances from barrel fermentations. The taste follows the aromas with delicate and creamy pear, mango, star fruit flavors stretched over an enticing minerality and bright acidity that makes Albariño the perfect seafood wine, be that in Oregon or its native Spain.

Jancis Robinson, the famous English wine critic discovered Abacela’s 2003 Albariño, saying it was the best wine she tasted on a two week trip through California, Oregon and Washington. She loves the acidity of Albariño and refers to the finish as “razor sharp”.

The name Albariño, derived from the Latin words alba (white) and rino, thought to refer to the Rhine river and the possibility that it was related to the Riesling vines that German Benedictine monks originally brought to Spain; but that’s not the case.

Modern grape genetics shows that Albariño shares one genetic marker with only six other grapes and five are obscure Portuguese red grapes. With this unique relationship established it’s safe to conclude that it is not related to any known French, German or Italian grape, but that Albariño is truly different and that’s why we categorize it as the “Great White” wine.