Winding It Up

Posted by on Jan 23, 2017 in The West | 2 Comments
Winding It Up

Built originally by Sam Hill, a pioneering rail and road builder, this mansion was never fated to be his home he never occupied it. He turned it instead into an art museum that too he never got to see finished. His is quite the story if you want to know more.  We took a drive up […]

Columbia Crest 2

Posted by on Jan 11, 2017 in The West | 2 Comments
Columbia Crest 2

We saw quite a few water intake piers like this on both sides of the Columbia. Everyone of those fire hydrant shaped objects are high capacity and high speed pumps moving large volumes of water up to the Columbia plateau. In the far distance is another field of grapes. It takes 872 gallons of water to make […]

Columbia Crest Empire 1

Posted by on Jan 9, 2017 in The West | 2 Comments
Columbia Crest Empire 1

At first all you see is grapes. Acre after acre of grapes as you drive along the plateau above the Columbia River. Then, coming up the driveway, you enter something that could have been transplanted from a French wine district. This is the public face of where every bottle of Columbia Crest wine starts out. It […]