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Hiking Through The Lifecycle of Oregon Forests

Hiking through OSU’s Macdonald Forest to visit families. Babies, teenagers, baby boomers, grannies, and the graves of past generations. Families of fir and oak and cedar and maple and spruce and redwood and huckleberry and birch and buckhorn. This photo I took north of the Saddle last weekend sums it up for me. In the [...]

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Oregon Pinot noir - Black Cap 09

Marcus Top Ten Oregon Pinot noir

Every June that I’ve been at Avalon,  I’ve held out for sunscreen days and one of my top ten Oregon Pinot noirs:   Black Cap. This week they’re finally both here. Jason Lett’s Black Cap has gone from totally insider cult wine to kind-of-well-known insider wine!  Successive 93 and 94 point ratings from Wine Advocate [...]

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Van Duzer Rose of Pinot noir

Oregon Wine – The Yin and Yang of Northwest Rosé

Northwest Rosé is a secret I’m loath to give out, there’s so little on the market. I’m in love with two that are as different as Yin and Yang. My Yin and Yang of Rosé are from Gilbert Cellars and Johan Vineyards. Washington’s Gilbert Cellars’ “Yin” is made from Mourvedre, and it’s an exotic revelation. [...]

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