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Thursday, Mar. 13, 2008


If you love Spanish Rioja, then you already know about Tempranillo. This red grape is Spain’s answer to Cabernet Sauvignon. It produces wines of great character and caliber.

A tiny amount is grown in the Northwest, specifically in Southern Oregon’s Umpqua Valley, where Abacela Vineyards specializes in the variety. The winery’s work with Tempranillo is helping others realize the potential of the wine in the Northwest.