Monday, November 15, 2010

Waterfalls and Wineries

We took advantage of the nice Oregon weather by driving up the Columbia River Gorge to view the numerous waterfalls.  The dramatic landscape here was forged by great floods at the end of the last ice age.  Near the mouth of the Columbia River was an ice dam, and when the glaciers melted and the dam broke, water flooded through the gorge at speeds up to 80 miles per hour.  Now that’s a power-washing!  Much of the water turned south into what is now the Willamette Valley, depositing loads of silt and mud.  This created the fertile soils where numerous crops are grown, including grapes.  We visited several wineries on our drive south, happily sipping both reds and whites.  We also took a winery tour at the King Estate, which has the largest organic vineyards in the world.  Try their NxNW wine—delicious!

Acres of vines at the King Estate

Vines and more vines to make wines and more wines

Can you buy them in this size?

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