Saturday, September 26, 2015

Craft Distillery Honors U.S. Vets

 
 



4 Spirits Distillery remembers the fallen, celebrates survivors

Dawson Officer darts between tanks and dives beneath tubes like a kid who’s fully eased into his first adult-sized chemistry set. No longer a novice distiller, Officer is producing his first ever batch of small-batch rum, which, in silver, spiced and dark flavors, will hit liquor stores and top shelf bars in winter 2014.

As he works, Officer records distilling temperatures and performs internal calculations not with hardware, by with his senses — he uses his nose to determine what to keep and what to reuse the way an Italian chef knows that his risotto is perfectly simmered.

Just a few years ago, Officer had no distilling chops to speak of. His most recent professional experience was military. The seventh-generation Oregonian, whose grandfather, father and siblings have all served in various forces, was in the Oregon National Guard for seven years. In 2005, returning from an 18-month tour of duty in Iraq, Officer was looking for a different direction. He was intrigued by Oregon’s blossoming craft distilling industry. He had also lost four good friends in Iraq and wanted to find a way to commemorate them.

As he explored the idea of craft spirits, he thought, why not make whiskey in their honor? Why not dedicate a whole distillery to their memory? Officer didn’t want to exploit their sacrifice, so he took his idea to a veteran’s reunion and presented it to others he’d served with. And from the ground troops to the top brass, everyone gave a blessing. He turned next to several Oregon small-batch distillers, who, in a cooperative style typical of Oregon’s artisan producers, were happy to initiate him into the trade.

In 2010, 4 Spirits Distillery was born. The 4 Spirits Bourbon Whiskey, batched in 2012, won the Spirits International Prestige Award at the 2013 World Spirits Competition in San Francisco. In 2014, he took home Washington Cup’s Silver Medal for 4 Spirits Vodka. The distillery also produces vodka labeled Webfoot and SlapTail, for Ducks and Beavers fans, in addition to forthcoming rum.
The distillery, which Officer operates from a former U.S. Air Force building of Adair Village, is usually a one-man show, punctuated by a lot of hurry up and wait typical to the distilling process.

But on bottling days, Officer’s parents, Jill and Bud Officer, and employees Sarah Wyat and Shanan LeBre help bottle, cork, label, box and pallet batches of whiskey, vodka and rum that are bound for bars and liquor stores in Oregon, Washington, California, Wyoming, Montana and Idaho.
The work doesn’t stop there. In addition to commemorating those four lost friends, 4 Spirits actively honors other military veterans. Officer created the 4 Spirits Veterans Scholarship Endowment Fund for Oregon State University (OSU) in Corvallis to help pay for the education of military veterans. The scholarship is the first of its kind in OSU’s history, and Officer is also the youngest person in the school’s history to start an endowment fund.

You can find 4 Spirits Distillery products at bars, restaurants and liquor stores around Oregon. To get a taste of 4 Spirits Distillery’s craft spirits, visit the tasting room at 6040 NE Marcus Harris Avenue in Adair Village on Saturdays from noon to 5 p.m. or by appointment.

Story by
Chad Walsh
http://traveloregon.com/author/chad-walsh/

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Thursday, September 24, 2015

Willamette Valley Vineyards A Great Fall Adventure



7 Beautiful Vineyard Views in the Willamette Valley

No journey to Oregon is complete without experiencing the majesty of Oregon Wine Country. As you travel to Oregon’s 7 Wonders, take time to taste world-renowned pinot noir and drink in the views at the state’s magnificent vineyards. Here are seven wonderful Willamette Valley vineyards with views you can’t afford to miss.

1. After visiting Crater Lake or the Oregon Coast, head to Eugene, where Sarver Winery’s view takes your eyes northeast over a 35-acre plot of 20,000 vines. On a clear day, you can see all the way to Mt. Jefferson. Planted in 1984, the vineyard has some of the original pinot noir and pinot gris vines in the South Willamette Valley. Wood-fired pizzas are available all weekend during the summer. Check Sarver’s calendar for special events like Sunday brunch and a Mallorcan paella feast.

2. Next, take scenic Territorial Road and Highway 99W north to Tyee Wine Cellars, located in the heart of the Willamette Valley on the Buchanan Family Century Farm. Tyee, an early Northwest word meaning “chief” or “best,” symbolizes the Buchanan family’s commitment to producing excellent estate wine to complement local cuisine. Wander Tyee’s nature trail, which winds through native woodlands and hazelnut orchards.

3. From Tyee, head east on highways 34 and 20 to the hills outside Sweet Home, where you’ll find Marks Ridge Winery, a delightful mountaintop retreat. Located at the base of the Cascade Mountain range, the winery invites visitors to taste wine while enjoying the view from 1,200 feet. In addition to the sweeping view, the winery offers pinot noir, riesling, and an incredibly luscious gewürztraminer with classic flavors of pear and spice. On summer weekends, visitors can listen to live music, including classical and acoustic.

4. After Marks Ridge, visitors can take Highway 20 east toward Smith Rock and the Painted Hills, or west back to Interstate 5 and north to Willamette Valley Vineyards. This pioneering Oregon vineyard is crowned by the tasting room and underground cellar, which sits atop a hill formed by an ancient volcanic flow. Take in panoramic views over the estate vineyard, across the valley and into the hills of the Coast Range. The spectacular tasting room includes a seasonally-inspired pairings menu prepared by the winery chef and cozy fireside dining. Tastings with a complimentary tour happen daily at 2 p.m.

5. Head westward out of Salem to the beautiful Eola Hills, home of Cherry Hill Winery  — named for the former cherry orchard on the winery site. Cherry Hill’s tasting room offers spectacular views of the vineyard and surrounding hills. Guests are welcome to stroll through the vineyard or relax on the patio with a glass of wine and chocolate-covered dried cherries — picked and produced by local growers to pair perfectly with Cherry Hill’s pinot noir. Visitors might also catch a glimpse of Daisy, the resident Papillon, whose likeness appears on bottles of estate pinot noir.

6. Make your way northwest along Highway 99W to the storied Dundee Hills of Oregon. Winter’s Hill Vineyard is a family-owned estate winery nestled in a 150-acre farm in the Dundee Hills. Tasting room visitors are almost always greeted by one of the owners, and tastings are conducted within the winery so visitors can see, smell and taste how Winter’s Hill wines are made. The vineyard is an official stop on the Willamette Valley Birding Trail, and after tasting, visitors are encouraged to picnic, stroll through the restored Oak savannah, and view birds and other wildlife.

7. Continue north to Quailhurst Vineyard Estate, home to both a boutique vineyard producing award-winning pinot noir as well as a world-class facility for the breeding and training of competitive dressage horses. As a tasting destination, Quailhurst offers an experience unlike any other. The tasting room overlooks an indoor arena where visitors can observe horse riding and training while sampling the wines. The estate boasts the largest private rose collection in the state; every row in the vineyard includes a rose bush. In addition, Quailhurst has a 5-acre Japanese garden complete with a bridge and four waterfalls, as well as panoramic views of Mt. Hood and the Cascade Mountain range.

After your final vineyard stop, say goodbye to Oregon Wine Country (if you can). It’s an easy drive northeast to Mt. Hood, the Columbia River Gorge and the rest of Oregon’s 7 Wonders.

For more information visit
Travel Oregon
http://traveloregon.com/trip-ideas/itineraries/7-beautiful-views-in-the-willamette-valley/


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Christie Pendley, Broker
Certified Distressed Property Expert
(541) 619-3640

Doug Hall, Broker
(541) 979-0571

**Pat Pendley, Christie Pendley ,and Doug Hall, are licensed Real Estate Brokers in the State of Oregon with RE/MAX Integrity

Saturday, September 19, 2015

Oregon Wine Events September 2015









Twilight Tastings at Soléna Estate



September 26 @ 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Recurring Event

Solena Estate,
17096 NE Woodland Loop Road, Yamhill, OR 97148 United States


Come delight your senses with a twilight tasting on our deck this summer! Featuring five of our special release wines, each one is expertly paired with a delectable meat and cheese board to help you wind down your day. Saturday nights from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Available from July 18 through September, weather permitting.…


Sunday Brunch in Wine County

September 27 @ 9:30 am - 2:00 pm
Recurring Event
Every week


Eola Hills Wine Cellars,
501 S. Pacific Hwy 99W, Rickreall, OR 9797371 United States 

Join Eola Hills Wine Cellars for family-friendly Sunday brunch in the winery. Brunch includes two glasses of wine (21+). Special brunch menus offered for Valentine’s Day, Easter, and other special holidays such as Mother’s Day. Reservations highly recommended: call the winery or visit


Team Pendley
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We Go The Extra Mile, It's Less Crowded!

                                 
Pat Pendley, Principal Broker
(541) 990-2530

Christie Pendley, Broker
Certified Distressed Property Expert
(541) 619-3640

Doug Hall, Broker
(541) 979-0571

**Pat Pendley, Christie Pendley ,and Doug Hall, are licensed Real Estate Brokers in the State of Oregon with RE/MAX Integrity

Saturday, September 12, 2015

Oregon Corn Mazes and Pumpkin Patches

 
 
Oregon Corn Mazes and Pumpkin Patches
 
A Maze in Grace Gardens   |   (503) 357-8312
 2985 SW Golf Course Rd, Cornelius, OR, 97113
redwinemarion@verizon.net
 
 
Central Oregon Pumpkin Co.   |   (541) 504-1414
 1250 NE Wilcox Avenue, Terrebonne, OR, 97760-9726
centralfarms@aol.com

Heiser's Pumpkin Patch   |   (503) 868-7512
 20900 Grand Island Loop, Dayton, OR, 97114
john@heiserfarms.com
 
 
Liepold Farms   |   (503) 663-5880
 14480 SE Richey Road, Boring, OR, 97009
marcia@liepoldfarms.com
 
Rasmussen Farms   |   (541) 386-4622
 3020 Thomsen Road, Hood River, OR, 97031-7432
info@rasmussenfarms.com

 
Airlie Hills Farm   |   (503) 851-6904
10775 Airlie Rd, Monmouth, OR, 97361  
     
Baggenstos Farm Store   |   (503) 590-4301
[+]
15801 SW Roy Rogers Rd., Sherwood, OR, 97140  
      
Bauman's Farm and Garden   |   (503) 792-3524
[+]
12989 Howell Pr. Rd., Gervais, OR, 97026  
 
 
Bobnick's Family Produce and Pumpkins   |   (503) 826-0218
[+]
38600 Proctor Blvd., Sandy, OR,  
 
 
Bose Family Farm   |   (541) 971-0458
[+]
35765 Cyrus Road NE, Albany, OR, 97322  
 
 
Bushue's Pumpkin Patch   |   (503) 663-6709
[+]
9880 SE Rvenue Road, Boring, OR, 97009  
 
 
EZ Orchards   |   (503) 393-1506
[+]
5504 Hazel Green Road NE, Salem, OR, 97305-9502  
 
 
Fazio Farms Inc.   |   (503) 289-2020
[+]
8433 N.E. 13th Ave., Portland, OR, 97211  
     
Fir Point Farms   |   (503) 678-2455
[+]
14601 Arndt Road, Aurora, OR, 97002-8411  
 
 
French Prairie Gardens   |   (503) 633-8445
[+]
17673 French Prairie Road, Saint Paul, OR, 97071  
 
 
Greengable Gardens   |   (541) 929-4444
[+]
24689 Grange Hall Rd., Philomath, OR, 97370  
     
Heavenly Harvest Farm   |   (541) 753-8463
[+]
5757 NE Hwy 20, Corvallis, OR, 97330        
 
 
Jim Dandy Farm   |   (503) 324-3954
[+]
45770 NW Sunset Hwy, Banks, OR, 97106  
 
 
Lake View Farms   |   (503) 647-2336
[+]
31345 NW North Avenue, North Plains, OR, 97133-6145  
 
 
Liepold Farms   |   (503) 913-3033
[+]
14050, Boring, OR, 97009  
 
 
Lone Pine Farms Limited   |   (541) 688-4389
[+]
91909 River Road, Junction City, OR, 97448  
 
 
Muddy Creek Maze   |   (541) 740-3869
[+]
11199 Llewlynn Rd, Corvallis, OR, 97333  
 
 
Olson Farms   |   (503) 658-2237
[+]
22255 SE Borges Rd, Damascus, OR, 97089  
 
 
Pearmine's Pumpkin Patch   |   (503) 409-8954
[+]
12223 River Rd. NE, Gervais, OR, 97026  
 
 
The Great Pumpkin Patch   |   (866) 611-2676
[+]
1222 Miller Road SE, Jefferson, OR, 97352-9769  
 
 
The Pumpkin Patch-Sauvie Island   |   (503) 621-7110
[+]
16525 NW Gillihan Road, Portland, OR, 97231  
 
 
Uncle Daniel's Pumpkin Patch   |   (541) 926-9737
[+]
772 Gold Fish Farm RD, Albany, OR, 07322  
 
 
Vince Woods Farm   |   (503) 393-0120
[+]
6435 62nd Ave NE, Salem, OR, 97305  
 
 
Willamette Valley Fruit Co.   |   (503) 362-8857
[+]
2994 82nd Ave NE , Salem, OR, 97305  
 
 
Wolfe's Web   |   (541) 667-8500
[+]
1600 E Highland Avenue, Hermiston, OR, 97838-9010  
 
Information courtesy of
The State Of Oregon
 
Team Pendley
with RE/MAX Integrity
We Go The Extra Mile, It's Less Crowded!
                                 
Pat Pendley, Principal Broker
(541) 990-2530

Christie Pendley, Broker
Certified Distressed Property Expert
(541) 619-3640

Doug Hall, Broker
(541) 979-0571

**Pat Pendley, Christie Pendley ,and Doug Hall, are licensed Real Estate Brokers in the State of Oregon with RE/MAX Integrity

Friday, September 4, 2015

Matsutake Mushroom Season Opens Soon In Central Oregon


Matsutake is the common name for a highly sought-after mycorrhizal mushroom that grows in Asia, Europe, and North America. It is prized by the Japanese and Chinese for its distinct spicy-aromatic odor.


Mushroom permits are currently available for the 2015 matsutake mushroom picking season at the Goosenest Ranger District of the Klamath National Forest.


Mushroom permits are currently available for the 2015 matsutake mushroom picking season at the Goosenest Ranger District of the Klamath National Forest. The matsutake season start and end dates fluctuate depending on the area. The season for the Goosenest Ranger District began Aug. 10 and permits may expire as late as Dec. 12. Mushroom pickers are asked to be respectful of the terms and conditions of the permit to maintain sustainable use to preserve the resource for future generations.
Several different types of permits are available for purchase:
• A minimum four consecutive day permit is $20 and $5 for each additional day (for example: a six-day permit is $30) for up to 8 gallons of mushrooms;
• A 30 consecutive day permit is $50 for up to 20 gallons of mushrooms; and
• Full season permits are $100 for up to 40 gallons of mushrooms.
Harvesters should carry a photo I.D. and their valid mushroom permit while harvesting or transporting mushrooms.
Permits may be obtained at the Goosenest Ranger District Office, 37805 Highway 97, Macdoel, CA 96058. (530) 398-4391
Conserve the mushroom resource with three simple steps:
Locate matsutakes by watching for small bumps in the duff or litter layer. Raking duff layer is not allowed as it damages the mushrooms and mycelium, which is essential for new mushroom growth.
Extract mushrooms by inserting a narrow object like a stick or knife under the base prying up and out of the ground. This will minimize damage to the mycelium, ensuring a future crop.
Replace disturbed duff layer, minimizing disturbance.
Remember – pack it in, pack it out! Do not bury trash.
Fire restrictions: The Klamath National Forest is currently under fire restrictions. Check with the district office at (530) 398-4391 or visit www.fs.usda.gov/alerts/klamath/alerts-notices/) for current restrictions.
Motor vehicle use: See Goosenest Ranger District motor vehicle use map. Only the routes and areas displayed on MVUM are open for motor vehicle use. Motor vehicles may be parked up to 30 feet from the road surface when it is safe to do so without causing damage.

FOR MORE INFORMATION VISIT
 http://www.siskiyoudaily.com/article/20150821/NEWS/150829932


Team Pendley
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Pat Pendley, Principal Broker
(541) 990-2530

Christie Pendley, Broker
Certified Distressed Property Expert
(541) 619-3640

Doug Hall, Broker
(541) 979-0571

**Pat Pendley, Christie Pendley ,and Doug Hall, are licensed Real Estate Brokers in the State of Oregon with RE/MAX Integrity