Abacela and Brandborg Winery make Portland Monthly Magazine’s list of the 50 Best Wines 2013


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2012 Albariño • Umpqua Valley • $18

This crisp, clean varietal hails from Galicia in northwestern Spain, and it’s difficult to find renditions made in the States that taste like their delicious Spanish brothers. This one succeeds, thanks to the light hand of winemaker Andrew Wenzl. Drink it young—its flavors of green apple and zippy lemon zest are great with oysters.


2011 Gewürztraminer • Umpqua Valley • $18change

Terry and Sue Brandborg create beautiful wines in the newly established, cool-climate Elkton Oregon AVA. This bottle’s floral nose, stone-fruit flavors, full body, and generous acidity reveal the exciting potential of the region. Pair this beauty with Thai takeout—its weight and touch of sweetness can handle the spice.

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