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Saturday, June 3, 2006

Kahn job

David Kahn, the former basketball executive who for a while was one of the main people promoting major league baseball in Portland, has new interests these days. It seems he's going to build a luxury hotel in the Oregon wine country down near Dayton. "He envisions a 50-room hotel, spa and restaurant on a hilltop with a view of the rolling vineyards." Yeah, and I envision a lot of unhappy neighbors, but that never stopped West Hills Portland money.

There's a big emphasis on how the joint will be "Napa style." There's plenty of room at the Hotel California... Why save ag land when you can have Disneyland?

Kahn scored a win the other night with a 7-1 favorable vote from the Yamhill County Planning Commission. And if he doesn't get his way with the county commissioners, he's got a Measure 37 claim in his back pocket. What a sweetheart. Hey, Vera loved him, and the Trib thinks he walks on water. Maybe I'm missing something.

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That's just up the road from Domaine Drouhin and I can already picture the fertlizers and pesticides leaching into some of the finest grape-growing soil around. Gotta have those manicured lawns though.

While its been fun watching the industry grow, and the tasting rooms moved out of garages, there's something sad about all this, sorta like kids growing up and out. I don't begrudge the folks their luxe hotel --though neighboring Domaine Serene's $200 Pinots are ridiculous-- but save the good land for the grapes, and put the resorts on the valley floor.

Are there "manicured lawns" in the plan? I haven't seen it. Last time I looked, grape growing, especially in Oregon, usually involves chemical use at a higher rate than landscaping of most sorts. I'd be surprised if the new "joint" will create a net increase in chemicals "...leaching into some of the finest grape-growing soil around."

Of course, there'd be just as many objections to such a resort on the valley floor, probably from the same folks, for the same reasons.

It is sad, though, to have lived long enough to watch the birth and death of the small scale wine industry here. Dick Erath just sold out to Ste. Michelle. It ain't ever gonna be the same.

IMO the development is as good as approved. In most jurisdictions even the hint of a M-37 claim is enough to make the decision-makers bend. This is only the beginning of what is going to happen in formerly protected farm/forest areas.

Looks like a great idea to me. It'll be an excellent addition to the wine country's attractions, and will help attract tourists who want to stay awhile.

Are there "manicured lawns" in the plan? I haven't seen it. Last time I looked, grape growing, especially in Oregon, usually involves chemical use at a higher rate than landscaping of most sorts.

I haven't seen any plans and was just hypothesizing. I can't imagine a giant hotel without a huge spread of lawn. Anyway most Oregon wineries have moved or are moving toward organic production; better for the grapes, wine, and long term health of the land.

As for the tourists, you can rent Red Ridge Farms just down the road for the night. Youngberg Hill, further west, has a half dozen rooms or so with a drop-dead view of the valley. We've stayed at both places. The Hotel Oregon in downtown McMinnville is lots of fun.

The rolling hills at night will be different with the activities, lights, traffic of a resort. If folks want Napa, they should go to Napa. Oregon Pinot is special; why not keep Yamhill County special too? Need a resort, why not downtown Dayton near the Joel Palmer house restaurant? Help build Dayton's tax base, not waste limited agricultural land.

We were talking to the winemaker/owner of Methven Family Vineyards over Memorial Day, who just produced his first wines. (Highly recommended, by the way.) They're further south and a little out of the way and I asked why this location and he said finding available land around Dundee is getting nearly impossible if not prohibitively expensive. Hip Chicks Do Wine in Portland isn't doing any pinot noir this year; couldn't find any available grapes last harvest. Oregon wine country is one of my favorite places in the world. I know it will keep changing, as it has, mostly for the good, over the last twenty-five years I've been enjoying it. But a wine Disneyland we don't need.

Frank Dufay says, "save the good land for the grapes, and put the resorts on the valley floor."

IIRC the valley floor is the good grape land. Teh hills are not. I think a key test would be whether this guy going to rip up vinyards to put in his hotel.

The big diff between this an the Protland model is that this guy doesn't seem to be looking for mega millions in subsidies from Dayton's version of PDC.

And what is the problem with this development again????

I'm not sure that it can so safely assumed that the majority of the locals oppose this.

I don't get the fatalistic negative tone around this. Oregon wine is arriving on the world scene and for the first time since I've been alive in Oregon there is a bright and expanding future for Oregon ag products within a defined nitch. Small scale with high dollar yields plus it attracts tourism - this is a major winner.

Even if you are one of those fuedalistic land-nazi's who wept as M37 passed this is good at increasing land values and promoting hobby-farms in the region to keep with the aesthetics. Projects like this will preserve farm land not deface it - even if its a little hoity-toitery than the your perception of what agriculture should be.

If you have a problem with the hotel take it up to LUBA (1000 Friends Probably will if this plan is that offensive). In reality this will preserve farm land and work to achieve the type of industry Tom McCall sought to preserve with SB100.

Alot better than a subdivision by any means. I'm excited at the prospect wine is offering the economy of Oregon and it fits our state's culture well (be it left or right).

What I meant to say above is, I'm not sure that it can so safely be assumed that the majority of the locals oppose this.

I left out the "be."

Isn't the process of an investor sinking money into a speculative venture, apparently within the defined local rules, the essence of capitalism? Is capitalism only okay if all the neighbors approve?

Not everything that's legal is good.

Gran Turismp: The best land for grapes is on the hills - mostly facing south - good sun, good heat, good drainage. Grapes don't need incredibly good soil. A couple of years ago, I saw some ancient vines in Sion, Switzerland growing on what, to these Oregonian's eyes, looked like cr*p soil. The wine was great.

It's lucky for our pinot industry that hills are good for grapes. When the wine pioneers came here 30 years ago, they weren't the rich folks they have since either become or have been replaced by. They couldn't afford the 'real' farmland that was growing row crops galore, wheat, mint, hops, etc. With the changing economy and labor laws, most of those crops are no longer the big money makers they used to be and lots of land has gone to nursery crops, Christmas trees and grass seed.

Rusty is right - as far as I can tell, most 'locals,' including all the people, mostly vineyard owners, who live on the road to the proposed hotel, oppose it.

To those posters who think we need tourism: There is tons of wine tourism, casino tourism and Air Museum tourism in Yamhill County right now. This hotel won't add much. Also, there are dozens of darling B&Bs scattered throughout the county, in addition to the Oregon Hotel and the more generic hotels. Note to the thrifty: there is no room tax in Yamhill County, except for the statewide 1% and something like 5% or 6% in Newberg.

What Yamhill County residents do fear is that the big hotel's traffic will wreck the narrow, two-lane county road the property is on, what with low-paid employees and high-priced limos expected to arrive; take the last remaining ground water, and bring in people who oppose the ag-practices the wine industry engages in: cannon shots to bother grape-eating birds; pesticide and herbicide sprays, though as an earlier poster noted they are moving toward less-intensive use of these chemicals; and dust.

Another hotel on the valley floor would be in one of the small communities in the county - a welcome addition to their local economy.

I don't know about Dayton, but out here in Washington County we just approved a 2% lodging tax increase specifically to fund more advertising re the wine industry. The tidal wave is coming folks and only M 37 could stop it if some idiot decides to build a subdivision in the middle of a vineyard.

Wine was a $1 billion industry for OR last year, without including the auxillary benefits of increased hotels, restuarants, etc. It is, I believe, the fastest growing major industry in the state.

I sure hope they pay their workers a "living wage" and full benefits. Otherwise Sam Adams and the A.W.M.M. (Anti Wal-Mart Machine) might try and make an example out of them and not hold any Portland sponsored "off-sites" there.

That would be a real shame for everybody involved.

Good soil doesn't mean rich. Stressing the roots brings the best out of the grape, so rocky soil works well. There's a debate whether you irrigate or not, let alone go organic, though nearby Sokol Blosser and Archery Summit have. Mayasara's even "biodynamic" though that's a little too cosmic for me.

The issue is what do we want to see. We could turn those Dundee Hills into suburban sprawl, with housing everywhere the eye can see...like Bull Mountain. We can build the wine industry. We can build the tourist industry. We can throw up "destination resorts" that have little context with their surroundings.

Napa could've been a "bedroom community" of San Francisco, and look like Tigard. Instead, its an important agricultural treasure (despite the occasional pomposity). But, folks, if you want to save good agricultural land...you can't pave it over. And the valley's good for some crops, but wine, not so much. The hills are alive with the sound of pinot...we should try to keep it that way.

Stressing the roots

I mean stresing the vines by making the roots dig deep.

Like most things in life, that which comes easy, isn't quite as good. You've got to work hard at it to be something special. Fortunately, amazingly, in Oregon we've got the trying climate, difficult soil, and a challenging grape in pinot noir...but when it works, we can be world class.

the Trib thinks he walks on water. Maybe I'm missing something.
Remember Kahn's initial claim to fame, back in the 70s and early 80s, before he headed back east to New York to go to law school, was as a sportswriter for The Big O, and he was one of their columnists too, at the same time that Dwight Jaynes was there as a sportswriter, also as a columnist, and ultimately as the Sports Editor. And as we know Jaynes is now overall Executive Editor of the Trib. Maybe that connection has something to do with his good relations with the Trib.


Before panites get too tightly knotted up, please try to understand [www.oregonwine.org/docs/EISPressRelease.doc].

Finally, a new industry for Oregon truly comes of age. It ain't sawdust...it ain't high tech...it's "ag" baby "ag"....happening on all that "ag" land everyone wants to protect. Let it happen....let it thrive...let it grow...and let Kahn do his thing. Whether it's Erath selling or Kahn building, it's GOOD for the oregon economy.

Now if Salem might just consider responding with something
other than a toll road...bike path?....or light rail???....tram???[rimshot].....so that we might get there and back to enjoy it, and the distribution infrastructure could get in and out to get the
product to market, the industry may just continue to thrive and grow.

The negative pall of this thread is depressing! Try to look economic success in the eye and appreciate it....congratulate it....encourage it.

This is much, much, much more than the Vista House at Crown Point. Try to understand that it's the economy.....and it's good for ALL Oregonians. Trust me.

To ensure that continued growth is possible, Bernau maintains that a number of issues must be considered..."The opportunity is there but we need to protect our valuable land..."

"Protect our valuable land" is from the report referenced. Protect doesn't mean turning valuable, limited, grape-friendly land into resorts.

It's the "ag", baby, "ag."

"Protect doesn't mean turning valuable, limited, grape-friendly land into resorts."

This "resort" (50 rooms is kinda small for a resort by the way)will have a footprint impact no different than any other ag-business. This hotel will likely be no different than the massive and oppulent tasting rooms already in existence at other wineries. It will also serve the entire region as it brings in low-impact high value upper-income tourism to the wineries surrounding all of us in the Willamete Valley.

But of course you may be one of those unrealistic farm advocates who don't undrestand why a farmer needs housing for migrant workers, barns for equipment, office space for management, a loading dock for their operation, and a bigger house for their own family. You would show up and oppose any project that might improve the profitablity of agriculture in the region. Not understanding why farmers need anything other than farm land to suceed.

I ain't crazy about the developement either, but drive down Silverado Road in Napa and that is probably the future. This whole thing started with the concerts out there at the other winery, so blaming Kahn isn't one hundred percent fair.

BTW, hillsides are better for wine grapes since they need good drainage (which clay doesn't have naturally.)

But of course you may be one of those unrealistic farm advocates who don't undrestand why a farmer needs housing for migrant workers, barns for equipment...

You're right. I wasn't being realistic enough to recognize they'd be putting up migrant workers in the resort, putting the de-stemmer in the sauna, and the bottling line in the swimming pool. Silly me!

The negative pall of this thread is depressing! Try to look economic success in the eye and appreciate it....congratulate it....encourage it.

What I find depressing is the fact that much farm and forest land that has been protected for over 30 years is going to be wide open for development. I have only lived in Oregon for 11 1/2 yrs., but I know what we have here now, and I like it.

Hey, it's a Hotel.
Not a hog farm or smelter or, a Beaverton Round.
It won't take Urban Renewal, an LID, county planning staff or bureaucrats playing developers.

Neither will nearly every M37 claim.

What's more important is the abundant land around it.
The bulk of land between the valley and coast represents a massive amount of land of all types the full length of the State.

On any road to the coast one could pick up a Tigard or a Milwaukie and plop it down just about anywhere along the way and it would amount to no more than a dot on a map or a couple minutes driving through it. If it were plopped a mile off the road no one would even notice.

So big deal. The wine county isn't threatened.

This State would be better off creating new communities in the middle of the adundance than Metro's chaos of cramming more where too much already exists.
From Gresham to Hillsboro the worst of the worst bad fit overcrowding, over the past 20 years, has been an outcome of Metro's density at costs mentality.

Jimbo, as a native, 39-year resident of this state, I suggest you take a peak at more than areas adjacent to Portland. There are unbelievably vast, unoccupied sections of Oregon. AAMOF, the southeast corner of Oregon has one of the lowest persons per square mile in the whole 48.

Measure 37 is not going to destroy Oregon's natural areas. That's nothing but hype perpetuated by 1000 fiends of Oregon.

For what it's worth, it's not correct to say that David Kahn is a former basketball executive.

He runs the ownership group that controls four NBDL teams - in Albuquerque, Fort Worth, Tulsa, and Austin.

I suggest you take a peak at more than areas adjacent to Portland. There are unbelievably vast, unoccupied sections of Oregon. AAMOF, the southeast corner of Oregon has one of the lowest persons per square mile in the whole 48.

I have travelled over most of this great state the past 11+ yrs(Up and down Coast Calif-Astoria, Wallowa County, K-Falls). I realize there is plenty of open space that will probably remain open space. California, Colorado, and Texas have plenty of open space too. What I am talking about is the open space we have in the Willamette Valley. I don't need '1000 fiends' to realize I like what we have more than what Denver, Houston, Minneapolis, Milwaukee (name a place) has.

Jim Barta aka jimbo

David said: "Wine was a $1 billion industry for OR last year, without including the auxillary benefits of increased hotels, restuarants, etc. It is, I believe, the fastest growing major industry in the state."

Actually, if you read the press release from the Oregon Wine Board carefully, you will see that that $1 billion figure DID include every auxillary benefit the people that did the report could come up with to get to that fragile $1 billion.

Farm gate income from wine grapes in the state of Oregon totalled $42 million in 2005.

What's more important is the abundant land around it. The bulk of land between the valley and coast represents a massive amount of land of all types the full length of the State.

But you can't grow pinot noir just anywhere. It's not corn. It needs the right amount of sun, breeze, coolness, rain. They don't grow pinot noir in southern Oregon wine country. Too warm. Don't grow it in Washington State...too cool.

Some folks think terroir is BS...but the same grapes can taste different from one part of the vineyard to another, yards away. Just as one day's rainfall at harvest can be devastating.

Oregon isn't Central California. Our speciality is smallish quantities of a difficult, tempermental grape, treated respectfully and limited in where in can be grown.

Yes, Steve, its only a "hotel" --well, a "resort"-- but it can be a threat.

The road up to the proposed site has no sewers. Where does the pollution go from the increased traffic on the roadway...the oil, the particulates, the break asbestos? Downhill to drift off the road onto...Domain Drouhin's land?

You say a mile from Tigard, were it dropped somewhere else, no one would notice it. You need to look up at the sky, the effect on the air. You don't believe that air pollution is real?

What's funny to me is we have the businesses who, presumably, know their business...saying this may not be good for our industry. I'm no winemaker, but I've been around them a long time...and I trust their judgement.

Sure, we want economic development, and ever cooler places to go. But let's not lose sight of what makes this particular piece of earth cool in the first place. Maybe you can build a Tigard anywhere, but there's precious little land that lends itself to pinot noir. When the folks who make some the best of that pinor say this resort may be a problem, I think we owe them a serious listen to.

Frank is right - most Yamhill county winemakers don't welcome this boutique hotel for the ultra-rich, as Mr. Kahn and his people have described it.

Let's put the wine industry in perspective - see my post above, plus the following:

When a wine is released from bond it gets taxed. Winemakers don't remove their wine from bond until it is sold. So far this fiscal year,

Up until and including May 2005, one million gallons of Oregon wine were released from bond.

In all of 2004, 2.2 million gallons of Oregon wine were released from bond in this state.

In all of 2004, 12.3 million gallons of wine both produced instate and imported into Oregon were released from bond.

The value of all agricultural commodities produced in Oregon in 2004 was $4 billion. Compare to wine grapes' $42 million. Most ag products have some value added to them, as do wine grapes, by processing, storing, packaging, transporting and selling.

Why is all this important? It pays to keep things in proportion to their overall importance, and to do that we have to see the big picture.

There are unbelievably vast, unoccupied sections of Oregon.

Well, yeah...something like 94% of the land in this state is unoccupied by people. But everyone freaks out when some guy who lost his ass farming wants to subdivide and build a few homes to cut his losses.

Frank it's the non vineyard land, non wetland, non or lightly forested and non farmland I was talking about. Which their is a simply crazy amount of all over the State.

Take the road from Newport to Corvallis or get off 18 anywhere and it's plentiful land of all types. Plopping few towns here and there, if jobs can be created locally, over time would provide the kind of Oregon livability many people prefer.

However, placing a few facilities in and around the wine country does not mean it is lost.

Any more than a new all season destination resort on Mt. Hood would destroy the mountain or the Cascade range.
It means tourism, jobs and the economy to fund our schools and other vital services.
It also means taking advantage of what Oregon has to offer while at the same time caring for the environment with reasonable considerations.

Oregon is terribly underutilized.

There is plenty of room for more use, enjoyment, and everything that comes with it right along with care and protection for the environment and farming industries.

We have always liked the Columbia gorge but found little selection and virtually no fine places except Skamania Lodge for lodging and dining.

Too bad we would have spent a lot more time and money there over the years.

Not wanting to rough it, backpack or bike around is not a bad thing.

Many people, local and tourists, are more than willing to part with hefty amounts when they venture out on leisure time.
But they need leisure places to go to.


Sorry Jack for changing topics.
I don't know them but what a horrible loss for the Jim Scherzinger family.
I can only hope that there's some way my feeling their pain lessens theirs a bit over time.
God what a nightmare.

Indeed.

Frank it's the non vineyard land, non wetland, non or lightly forested and non farmland I was talking about. Which their is a simply crazy amount of all over the State.

So why turn 72 acres of farmland, in one of the best grape-growing areas in the world --the Dundee Hills-- into a resort?

""So why turn 72 acres of farmland, in one of the best grape-growing areas in the world --the Dundee Hills-- into a resort?""

Why not? There's hardly anything out there for visitors willing to explore, enjoy and spend in the area.
Other than the McMennimans Hotel in downtown Mac, there is just about nothing.

A problem that exists all over Oregon in some of the best locales for tourism and Oregonians to leisure time it.

Not every acre of the Dundee Hills is suitable for grape growing. The terrain and soils vary.

Every acre of the Dundee Hills will not be dedicated solely to grape growing.
That's the folly of your argument.

Every acre of prime farmland in the valley is not
and will never be used for farming.
Countless acres of marginal land laces through all of Oregon including farming areas.

Thousands of acres of the gorge and Mt Hood will never be touched yet more lodging, resorts, with full facilities for tourism would be great.

Many of those wanting to hike or bike the areas would prefer fine amenities at the end of the day. Just as they do in places like Sunriver etc.

There is no reasonable excuse for Oregon not being a much more utilized destination.

We got it all.

With Bandon Dunes golf resort ranking # 2 in the WORLD the proof is there that Oregon has enormous potential. But Oregon's potential is being blocked by false and limited choices that misrepresent both the benefit and cost.

We can have it all.
Hopefully this Hotel will be one more example of it as it's full operation functions with the Dundee Hills wine country thriving more than ever.

Does anybody really believe that the wine country of Yamhill County is ever going to be a destination resort in and of itself? This is a "50-room hotel, spa and restaurant." That's it. It isn't a Disneyland. It's a biggie-sized B&B. And with that it probably stretches the limits to the max of whatever market that exists out there for it.

And with that it probably stretches the limits to the max of whatever market that exists out there for it.

And "640 K ought to be about all the memory anyone would ever need." --Bill Gates

My wife is an event planner, and she runs (among other things) bicycle rides and tours out there in the wine country. She is dumbfounded by the dollars the state spends to bring in tourists without reaping any return since we don't have a sales tax. She's working with a group in Salem to promote bicycle tourism, and the state is spending tons of money in all the wrong places, in her opinion. We spent tons promoting Oregon as a destination in other parts of Oregon. How does intrastate tourism help the state?

Kahn obviously sees a potential market niche out there for increased capacity for tourism in the lower valley. I haven't figured out what, exactly, the downside is to a small hotel sprouting up in the area to serve these wine fans. Even if there were three of these hotels, would the traffic be that bad? An extra 150 cars a day? The coast traffic is far more extensive, don't you think?

It's not a Wal-Mart where you can add 10,000 trips a day to the congestion pattern.

And if Kahn thought the soil would make more money growing grapes than bedding tourists, then wouldn't he have done that?

I just don't see the issue, I guess, other than distaste for change. I agree with Steve. Oregon is underutilized.

"""Does anybody really believe that the wine country of Yamhill County is ever going to be a destination resort in and of itself?"""

No.

You pretty much got it with a biggy-sized B&B.

Which makes it harmless.

What makes me nervous about any industry in this state is the way people tend to get obsessive about it. I gave the O a cautious nod when it declared Oregon's wine industry a success story. Tourism is fine. Wine is better. But we seem to fixate on "The Next Big Thing" rather than foster a healthy competitive economy by encouraging sound regulation and open government. And I think we are waaaaay too dependent on the construction industry, which seems to prevent us from seeing the forest for the trees. A diversified economy where good olds can't run their competitors out on a rail is what we need imho.

There's hardly anything out there for visitors willing to explore, enjoy and spend in the area. Other than the McMennimans Hotel in downtown Mac, there is just about nothing.

Wow. "Just about nothing." Just one of the finest wine-growing regions in the world. Then again, Steve, when we've lunched, while I drank my Oregon Pinot, you were drinking coke. :-)

Even if you don't like wine...how about horseback riding at the Circle M Ranch, where you can fly in for lunch (and many do)?

The Spruce Goose. Antique hunting. The casino. Stage shows. Twenty years of the International Pinot Noir Festival at George Fox, with vintners from around the world. Farmers markets; Nick's Italian Cafe; the new Rambla tapas bar.

One of the best restaurants in the universe at the Joel Palmer House, where a mushroom hater like me learned to appreciate fungi. The Dundee Bistro. Art walks in downtown McMinnville. Live jazz at Sokol Blosser. Concerts at Youngberg Hill, Elk Cove, Duck Pond. Nursery's galore. The Carlton Winemaker's Studio. The newly expanded roof restaurant at the Hotel Oregon.

Nah...nuthin' to do. Might as well pave paradise, put up a parkin' lot.

I love Napa. I know the Silverado Trail as well as my backyard. I asked Anne to marry me at Brix, on our first visit there together. But, ironically, you couldn't build in Napa now what's been proposed to be built on prime grape-growing land in the red hills of Dundee. They've smartened up, realized the value of their land for what makes Napa special. It ain't sheep farming, suburban sprawl, or paving over the hillsides. Or more Auburge de Soleils.

Stoller just opened up a new winery where there used to be a turkey farm. Keeping turkeys out of wine-growing hillsides needs to be the future. There's lots of room for hotels, B&Bs and resorts on the valley floor.

Frank,
I was talking about "lodging".

Nice places for people to stay when enjoying an area whether it be wine country, the Gorge or any other under served area.

My wife and I have toured the wine country and visited many of the places you listed.

We liked the area so much we recently bought a nice rental house in Mac.

Although not a wine drinker I did indulge during our winery tour.
One winery we went to, I thinks it's Pamplin's, has it's facilities, tasting room, etc., on top of a butte with a stunning view. It's a great setup
and it doesn't devour all of the "hillsides" as you worry.

As far as lunch and drinking I've never had any alcohol during the work day my entire 34 years of construction work. Not to say there's anything wrong with your glass of your favorite wine, I just chose not to indulge when I had to go back to work.

But if I did it would be Coors Light.
Quality counts. 8-)

Personally I find DUndee and the surrounding area absolutely beautiful. I welcome any development that preserves farmland in the area. This small hotel will add more value to the land as just what it is. An agricultural area dedicated to producing the most dollars per acre as possible.

I've talked to several wheat farmers in the Hood River and Gorge area and all of them are excited about the potential of grapes for wine. I too see this type of development as great for the preservation of the other beautiful destination outside of Portland I reguarly treck to.

Not all change is bad. Especially change that actually puts revenue into our states as opposed to the Portland style which takes it out.

I welcome any development that preserves farmland in the area.

This development eliminates 72 acres of farmland. Do I undretand you to say, then, you oppose it?


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If You See Kay, Red 2011
Turnbull, Old Bull Red 2010
Cherry Tart, Cherry Pie Pinot Noir 2012
Trader Joe's Grand Reserve Cabernet, Oakville 2012
Benton Lane, Pinot Gris 2012
Campo Viejo, Rioja, Reserva 2008
Haden Fig, Pinot Noir 2012
Pendulum Red 2011
Vina Real, Plata, Crianza Rioja 2009
Edmunds St. John, Bone/Jolly, Gamay Noir Rose 2013
Bookwalter, Subplot No. 26
Ayna, Tempranillo 2011
Pete's Mountain, Pinot Noir, Haley's Block 2010
Apaltagua, Reserva Camenere 2012
Lugana, San Benedetto 2012
Argyle Brut 2007
Wildewood Pinot Gris 2012
Anciano, Tempranillo Reserva 2007
Santa Rita, Reserva Cabernet 2009
Casone, Toscana 2008
Fonseca Porto, Bin No. 27
Louis Jadot, Pouilly-Fuissé 2011
Trader Joe's, Grower's Reserve Pinot Noir 2012
Zenato, Lugana San Benedetto 2012
Vintjs, Cabernet 2010
14 Hands, Hot to Trot White 2012
Rainstorm, Oregon Pinot Gris 2012
Silver Palm, North Coast Cabernet 2011
Andrew Rich, Gewurtztraminer 2008
Rodney Strong, Charlotte's Home Sauvignon Blanc 2012
Canoe Ridge, Pinot Gris, Expedition 2012
Edmunds St. John, Bone-Jolly Gamay Noir Rose 2012
Dark Horse, Big Red Blend No. 01A
Elk Cove, Pinot Noir Rose 2012
Fletcher, Shiraz 2010
Picollo, Gavi 2011
Domaine Eugene Carrel, Jongieux 2012
Eyrie, Pinot Blanc 2010
Atticus, Pinot Noir 2010
Walter Scott, Pinot Noir, Holstein 2011
Shingleback, Cabernet, Davey Estate 2010
Coppola, Sofia Rose 2012
Joel Gott, 851 Cabernet 2010
Pol Roget Reserve Sparkling Wine
Mount Eden Chardonnay, Santa Cruz Mountains 2009
Rombauer Chardonnay, Napa Valley 2011
Beringer, Chardonnay, Napa Reserve 2011
Kim Crawford, Sauvignon Blanc 2011
Schloss Vollrads, Spaetlese Rheingau 2010
Belle Glos, Pinot Noir, Clark & Telephone 2010
WillaKenzie, Pinot Noir, Estate Cuvee 2010
Blackbird Vineyards, Arise, Red 2010
Chauteau de Beaucastel, Chateauneuf-du-Pape 2005
Northstar, Merlot 2008
Feather, Cabernet 2007
Silver Oak, Cabernet, Alexander Valley 2002
Silver Oak, Cabernet, Napa Valley 2002
Trader Joe's, Chardonnay, Grower's Reserve 2012
Silver Palm, Cabernet, North Coast 2010
Shingleback, Cabernet, Davey Estate 2010
E. Guigal, Cotes du Rhone 2009
Santa Margherita, Pinot Grigio 2011
Alamos, Cabernet 2011
Cousino Macul, Cabernet, Anitguas Reservas 2009
Dreaming Tree Cabernet 2010
1967, Toscana 2009
Charamba, Douro 2008
Horse Heaven Hills, Cabernet 2010
Lorelle, Horse Heaven Hills Pinot Grigio 2011
Avignonesi, Montepulciano 2004
Lorelle, Willamette Valley Pinot Noir 2011
Villa Antinori, Toscana 2007
Mercedes Eguren, Cabernet Sauvignon 2009
Lorelle, Columbia Valley Cabernet 2011
Purple Moon, Merlot 2011
Purple Moon, Chardonnnay 2011
Horse Heaven Hills, Cabernet 2010
Lorelle, Horse Heaven Hills Pinot Grigio 2011
Avignonesi, Montepulciano 2004
Lorelle, Willamette Valley Pinot Noir 2011
Villa Antinori, Toscana 2007
Mercedes Eguren, Cabernet Sauvignon 2009
Lorelle, Columbia Valley Cabernet 2011
Purple Moon, Merlot 2011
Purple Moon, Chardonnnay 2011
Abacela, Vintner's Blend No. 12
Opula Red Blend 2010
Liberte, Pinot Noir 2010
Chateau Ste. Michelle, Indian Wells Red Blend 2010
Woodbridge, Chardonnay 2011
King Estate, Pinot Noir 2011
Famille Perrin, Cotes du Rhone Villages 2010
Columbia Crest, Les Chevaux Red 2010
14 Hands, Hot to Trot White Blend
Familia Bianchi, Malbec 2009
Terrapin Cellars, Pinot Gris 2011
Columbia Crest, Walter Clore Private Reserve 2009
Campo Viejo, Rioja, Termpranillo 2010
Ravenswood, Cabernet Sauvignon 2009
Quinta das Amoras, Vinho Tinto 2010
Waterbrook, Reserve Merlot 2009
Lorelle, Horse Heaven Hills, Pinot Grigio 2011
Tarantas, Rose
Chateau Lajarre, Bordeaux 2009
La Vielle Ferme, Rose 2011
Benvolio, Pinot Grigio 2011
Nobilo Icon, Pinot Noir 2009

The Occasional Book

Maria Dermoȗt - The Ten Thousand Things
William Faulkner - As I Lay Dying
Markus Zusak - The Book Thief
Christopher Buckley - Thank You for Smoking
William Shakespeare - Othello
Joseph Conrad - Heart of Darkness
Bill Bryson - A Short History of Nearly Everything
Cheryl Strayed - Tiny Beautiful Things
Sara Varon - Bake Sale
Stephen King - 11/22/63
Paul Goldstein - Errors and Omissions
Mark Twain - A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court
Steve Martin - Born Standing Up: A Comic's Life
Beverly Cleary - A Girl from Yamhill, a Memoir
Kent Haruf - Plainsong
Hope Larson - A Wrinkle in Time, the Graphic Novel
Rudyard Kipling - Kim
Peter Ames Carlin - Bruce
Fran Cannon Slayton - When the Whistle Blows
Neil Young - Waging Heavy Peace
Mark Bego - Aretha Franklin, the Queen of Soul (2012 ed.)
Jenny Lawson - Let's Pretend This Never Happened
J.D. Salinger - Franny and Zooey
Charles Dickens - A Christmas Carol
Timothy Egan - The Big Burn
Deborah Eisenberg - Transactions in a Foreign Currency
Kurt Vonnegut Jr. - Slaughterhouse Five
Kathryn Lance - Pandora's Genes
Cheryl Strayed - Wild
Fyodor Dostoyevsky - The Brothers Karamazov
Jack London - The House of Pride, and Other Tales of Hawaii
Jack Walker - The Extraordinary Rendition of Vincent Dellamaria
Colum McCann - Let the Great World Spin
Niccolò Machiavelli - The Prince
Harper Lee - To Kill a Mockingbird
Emma McLaughlin & Nicola Kraus - The Nanny Diaries
Brian Selznick - The Invention of Hugo Cabret
Sharon Creech - Walk Two Moons
Keith Richards - Life
F. Sionil Jose - Dusk
Natalie Babbitt - Tuck Everlasting
Justin Halpern - S#*t My Dad Says
Mark Herrmann - The Curmudgeon's Guide to Practicing Law
Barry Glassner - The Gospel of Food
Phil Stanford - The Peyton-Allan Files
Jesse Katz - The Opposite Field
Evelyn Waugh - Brideshead Revisited
J.K. Rowling - Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone
David Sedaris - Holidays on Ice
Donald Miller - A Million Miles in a Thousand Years
Mitch Albom - Have a Little Faith
C.S. Lewis - The Magician's Nephew
F. Scott Fitzgerald - The Great Gatsby
William Shakespeare - A Midsummer Night's Dream
Ivan Doig - Bucking the Sun
Penda Diakité - I Lost My Tooth in Africa
Grace Lin - The Year of the Rat
Oscar Hijuelos - Mr. Ives' Christmas
Madeline L'Engle - A Wrinkle in Time
Steven Hart - The Last Three Miles
David Sedaris - Me Talk Pretty One Day
Karen Armstrong - The Spiral Staircase
Charles Larson - The Portland Murders
Adrian Wojnarowski - The Miracle of St. Anthony
William H. Colby - Long Goodbye
Steven D. Stark - Meet the Beatles
Phil Stanford - Portland Confidential
Rick Moody - Garden State
Jonathan Schwartz - All in Good Time
David Sedaris - Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim
Anthony Holden - Big Deal
Robert J. Spitzer - The Spirit of Leadership
James McManus - Positively Fifth Street
Jeff Noon - Vurt

Road Work

Miles run year to date: 212
At this date last year: 60
Total run in 2013: 257
In 2012: 129
In 2011: 113
In 2010: 125
In 2009: 67
In 2008: 28
In 2007: 113
In 2006: 100
In 2005: 149
In 2004: 204
In 2003: 269


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