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Alaska Beyond

By Elizabeth M. Economou

Published March 2016

WHEN KAREN KOEHLER,  a Seattle lawyer, first began looking for a vacation home, she had a few must=haves in mind, including proximity to a lake and snowcapped mountains for skiing. Last year – in less than one month’s time – she found…

Rock Star Ranch

CASCADE Extraordinary Living + Design

Published Spring 2015

Canyon, Ranch, Heaven
The grandeur of the American West meets Tuscan-style living at Ranch at the Canyons

THE HIGH DESERT SUN glows on Smith Rock’s ochrecolored spires, where climbers from around the globe ascend the canyon’s sheer walls. Below the towering monoliths lie majestic stands of ponderosa pine, lush meadows, heirloom orchards…

Central Oregon Wineries Bear Fruit

By Rachael Rees / The Bulletin

Published October 19, 2014


As Doug Maragas shoveled out the last of the fermented grapes from a one-ton bin, the smell of fresh red wine wafted through the crisp fall air at Maragas Winery.

“Boy, that smells good,” Maragas said, as he watched fermented…

Oregon wine flies free

Wine board, state, Alaska Airlines team up to attract tourists

By Rachael Rees / The Bulletin

Published Apr 25, 2014 at 12:01AM

Starting May 1, Alaska Airlines Mileage Plan members flying out of Redmond and three other Oregon airports can check a case of Oregon wine for free.

“Most of our sales are done direct to consumer though tasting rooms, so it allows those out-of-state travelers to come in, experience our wines and then take it home with them to share with their friends and family,” said Michelle Kaufmann, assistant communications manager for the Oregon Wine Board, a marketing group that promotes Oregon wine.

Central Oregon wine industry reaps fruit

Growing vineyards and wineries are looking ahead

By Rachael Rees / The Bulletin

Published May 4, 2014 at 12:11AM / Updated May 5, 2014 at 04:31PM


As the sun beat down and Monkey Face at Smith Rock State Park provided a picturesque backdrop, Kerry Damon pruned last year’s wood off the grape vines at Ranch at the Canyons.

While he trimmed the vines to what looked like bare bones, he explained the art and science behind growing a successful vineyard.

“It really is climatically challenging here for grapes and even beyond that, fruits and vegetables as well,” said Damon, the vineyard manager .

Northwest Growers Experiment With Hybrids

Cold-hardy varieties show promise in chilly, wet growing regions

By Mark Ganchiff

Published Jan – Feb 2014

The Pacific Northwest is one of the United States’ premier wine regions, known worldwide for its merlot and riesling wines from Washington
state and pinot noir from Oregon.

While the 75,000-plus acres of wine grapes in Washington and Oregon are predominantly vinifera, a small-but-increasing number of wineries in the Pacific Northwest are growing interspecific hybrid varieties.

In 2013, one of Washington state’s top winegrowers, Paul Champoux of Champoux Vineyard in the Horse Heaven Hills AVA, made national wine news when he announced that he would be harvesting Marquette, a cold-hardy hybrid developed by the University of Minnesota. The wine made from Champoux’s 1,000 pounds of Marquette, produced by Charlie Hoppes at Fidelitas Wines and Hilary Sjolund of Sonoris Wines, will be available in small quantities this spring.

“I went to Marquette High School in Yakima and I must admit the name ‘Marquette’ was my first draw to plant this American hybrid,” Champoux said, adding that he is also interested
to see how it adapts to the region.

While the variety’s name was the main attraction for Champoux, whose vineyard is planted in hot, dry southeastern Washington, growers in cooler Northwest regions are turning to
hybrids for their cold-hardiness and resistance to disease.

Land north of Smith Rock to remain undeveloped

By Kate Ramsayer
Bend Bulletin
December 28, 2007

A piece of land north of Smith Rock State Park that stretches along the east side of the Crooked River for more than a mile will be permanently free of development, protecting views and wildlife habitat, under an agreement between the Deschutes Basin Land Trust and the property’s owners.

“Smith Rock is a really iconic state landmark,” said Brad Chalfant, executive director of the Land Trust. “There were a couple of fears that this property was going to be developed, and it would have an impact on the views around Smith Rock.”