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Abacela in Portrait Magazine "Top 12 NW Tempranillos"

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Oregon Business Magazine names Abacela in "100 Best Fan-Favorite Destinations in Oregon"

December 2016 Read more

Promise fulfilled at the First Oregon Tempranillo Conference

By Randy Caparoso, The Tasting Panel, June 2016 Read more

Abacela Featured in the Wine Spectator

Syrah Stars in Southern Oregon, By Harvey Steiman | June 15, 2016 Read more

Back to Oregon for some outstanding wines

By John McDonald | May 16, 2016 Cape Gazette Read article

Great Northwest Wine Review

Outstanding!, 2013 Fiesta Tempranillo, Great Northwest Wine: "The Northwest Tempranillo master has proved his expertise once again. Earl Jones’ Abacela estate grapes from 2013, put into the capable hands of winemaker Andrew Wenzl, were used in this fruit-forward wine aptly called Fiesta. And you’ll want to start a celebration of your own after sampling it. Its nose opens with mint, spicy oak and nimble cherries. In the mouth, the cherries are dark, dipping down toward dark Marionberry skin, then unearthing Abacela estate’s minerality and grippy tannins. It’s a huge mouthful – “Yuuuge, I tell you” – that calls out for a rare ribeye amply dusted with cracked black pepper. This earned a double gold medal at the 2016 Cascadia Wine Competition." Read more

Abacela, Bunnell stand out at Pacific Rim International Wine Competition

Best of Class & Gold Medal 2015 Grenache Rosé: SAN BERNARDINO, Calif. – Abacela in Southern Oregon and Bunnell Family Cellar in Washington’s Yakima Valley each were awarded three gold medals Thursday at the 31st annual Pacific Rim International Wine Competition in Southern California. Eight wines from the Pacific Northwest captured best of class honors at the two-day fundraiser for the National Orange Show. One of those BOC awards went to Abacela winemaker Andrew Wenzl for the latest vintage of his perennially popular Estate Grenache Rosé made from the Fault Line Vineyards of Earl and Hilda Jones. Two other wines from the 2015 vintage – Albariño and Muscat – also went gold. Read more

Great whites from 2016 Cascadia Wine Competition

Gold 2015 Muscat: Annually, Abacela crafts one of the most beautiful and graceful Muscats in the Pacific Northwest. This new vintage is no exception, thanks to aromas of rosewater, lavender and clove. On the palate, it offers flavors of lychee, pink grapefruit and Golden Delicious apple. Its 3% residual sugar and gentle acidity make this a delicious and approachable sipper. Read more.

Gold medal reds from 2016 Cascadia Wine Competition

Double Gold 2013 Fiesta Tempranillo: The Northwest Tempranillo master has proved his expertise once again. Earl Jones’ Abacela estate grapes from 2013, put into the capable hands of winemaker Andrew Wenzl, were used in this fruit-forward wine aptly called Fiesta. And you’ll want to start a celebration of your own after sampling it. Its nose opens with mint, spicy oak and nimble cherries. In the mouth, the cherries are dark, dipping down toward dark Marionberry skin, then unearthing Abacela estate’s minerality and grippy tannins. It’s a huge mouthful – “Yuuuge, I tell you” – that calls out for a rare ribeye amply dusted with cracked black pepper. Read more.

Top wines from 2016 Cascadia Wine Competition

Best Dessert/Gold 2015 Blanco Dulce: Southern Oregon winemaker Andrew Wenzl crafted a beauty of a dessert wine here, using estate Albariño that hung on the vines and accumulated sweetness well past its normal harvest time. Aromas of honey-glazed apricot and intense Christmas spices lead to flavors of candied orange peel, poached peach and vanilla ice cream. It is a stunning dessert wine. Read more.

Abacela awarded People's Choice at Greatest of the Grape Wine Gala

Best Wine 2012 Northwest Block Reserve Malbec and Best Wine & Food Pairing with K-Bar Steakhouse. Read more.

Abacela earns four 90+ point reviews from Wine Enthusiast

93 Points & Cellar Selection, 2012 Northwest Block Reserve Malbec; 92 Points & Editors’ Choice, 2012 Barrel Select Syrah; 91 Points & Editors’ Choice, 2013 Barrel Select Malbec; 90 Points, 2013 Barrel Select Tinta Amarela; WineMag.com. April 2016 Issue

Get to Know a New Side of Tempranillo

Tempranillo Bottles to Try. By Rachel Singer, Eater.com. February 2016

Terroirist.com: American Tempranillo

92 points, 2012 Abacela Tempranillo Barrel Select Estate. Read the full article on Terroirist.com. February 2016

A little bit of Spain taking root in Oregon

Lovers of the Spanish wine varietal called Tempranillo can take heart that this grape is taking root in the soils of Oregon. By Victor Panichkul, Statesmen Journal. February 2016

Southern Oregon wines' gaining clout could bring onslaught of tourists

The winsome wines of Southern Oregon are gathering acclaim far beyond the Cascades and Siskiyous. Read the full Mail Tribune article. January 2016

Southern Oregon named 10 Best Wine Travel Destinations

Abacela is mentioned as a must-see winery in Roseburg. Read the full Wine Enthusiast article. January 2016

Northwest Tempranillo continues to shine

Abacela's 2013 Fiesta Tempranillo and 2012 Barrel Select Tempranillo highlighted by Great Northwest Wine. January 3, 2016

Abacela makes Top 100 Wines of 2015 list

Our 2012 Fiesta Tempranillo made Great Northwest Wine's "Top 100 Wines" of 2015 list!

140 year old vines discovered at Abacela

Abacela discovers 140-year-old Mission grape planting on estate. Read the full article at www.greatnorthwestwine.com and listen to the podcast. November 26, 2015

Abacela Releases #UmpquaStrong Wine to support the UCC Relief Fund.

Abacela proudly presented Ellen Brown, of the Umpqua Community College Foundation, with a check for more than $18,000. The money was raised by the spontaneous generosity of our bottle, glass, cork, label and capsule suppliers and the Abacela staff and owners for the bottling of ‪#‎UmpquaStrong‬. 100% of the proceeds of this bottling went to the ‪#‎UCCReliefFund‬ (Umpqua Community College). The wine sold out in less than 48 hours, but you can still donate at Greater Douglas United Way. See the check presentation at www.facebook.com/abacelawinery. Read the Great Northwest Wine article at www.abacela.blogspot.com.

UmpquaStrong

2012 Barrel Select Syrah - Oregon wines for Christmas dinner

Abacela's 2012 Barrel Select Syrah was chosen by the Statesman Journal as a top wine to have with your Christmas roast. Read the article.

2014 Albariño Oregon's 25 Best Wines Under $25

Abacela's 2014 Albariño was chosen by Portland Monthly Magazine as one of Oregon's 25 Best Wines Under $25. Read the article. September 21, 2015

Earl Jones celebrates more history at Abacela

Great Northwest Wine by Eric Degerman on May 27, 2015. Read the article.

8 Excellent Oregon Varieties That Aren't Pinot Noir

Northwest Spain and Portugal's native grape, Albariño, in Oregon results in a fruitier wine than a typical Rías Baixas version. The best examples also show appealing minerality and crisp, ultrafresh flavors of celery, jicama, cucumber and a dash of daikon radish. Abacela, the Umpqua winery that pioneered Tempranillo in Oregon, has perfect Albariño, keeping alcohol levels low and acidity high. Read the full Wine Enthusiast article.

2015 American Winery of the Year Nomination

Abacela is one of five wineries nominated by the Wine Enthusiast for their Wine Star Awards "2015 American Winery of the Year". Read the article.

Northwest Wines: A few 2014 Northwest rosés to tuck in your fridge

Our 2014 Grenache Rosé is featured in The Bellingham Herald.

1859 Magazine

The Beauty of the Blend; Oregon's red blends come together to produce a tapestry of flavors that will improve your dining experience. Our Vintner's Blend #14 is highlighted.

Lifetime Achievement Award

Earl and Hilda Jones were awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award by the Oregon Wine Board at this year's Oregon Wine Symposium. Read the press release.

Greatest of the Grape

Our 2012 Malbec wins a Gold Medal from the professional judging and runner-up Best Wine & Food Pairing.

NWwines.com

Wine of the Week for February 7, 2015, 2011 Dolcetto

Oregon Wine Press

"Value Pick" February 2015, 2011 Dolcetto and 2011 Malbec

Chicago Tribune

2013 Albariño featured in the article Offbeat grapes making their way in American vineyards

The New York Times

Umpqua Valley:  Only Hours From Napa, but a World Away +

Statesman Journal

Wine: Try rosés from Oregon: 2013 Grenache Rosé +

Sip Northwest Magazine

"Daily Sip" by Erin James 2013 Albariño  +

SFGate.com

2013 Grenache Rosé is a "Heavy Hitter" by Jon Bonné.

Oregon Wine Press

"Value Pick" July 2014,2013 Grenache Rosé

Oregon Wine Press

"Value Pick" June 2014, 2013 Viognier

Great Northwest Wine

#14 of "Top 100 Wines", 2012 Albariño

James Melendez, JamesTheWineGuy.com

Top 100 Wines of 2013, 2009 Estate Tempranillo

The Passionate Foodie

"2013: Top Wines Over $50", 2005 Paramour

Examiner.com

"Southern Oregon Wine of the Week" 2012 Albariño

SFGate.com

"Top 100 Wines of 2013" 2012 Albariño

The Seattle Times

"Top 50 Regional Wines" 2012 Albariño