It’s impossible to capture Oregon’s epic harvest in words, picture perfect conditions that are better shown than described. We had three months of blissful summer weather with no measurable rain June – mid September, without any heat spikes to sunburn fruit, and cool nights to retain the acidity. In the ten years I’ve been photographing harvest at home, these are the most ideal conditions I’ve encountered, making the past three weeks of pre-dawn wake up calls well worth the effort. Here’s a few hightlights of the harvest in Oregon’s Willamette Valley:
Alloro Vineyard Whole Farm Dinner at Alloro Vineyard prepared by award winning chef Cathy Whims of Portland’s Nostrana Restaurant. 95 % of ingredients sourced from the Alloro estate property.
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It’s been a whirlwind summer traveling throughout the state of Washington for a new wine book titled “Spectacular Wineries of Washington” due out next Spring. I’ve been fortunate to work in more depth with a few new clients pictured below:
My home base in Walla Walla for several trips the past few months – a private guest room on the top floor of Va Piano’s beautiful winery and estate vineyards in Walla Walla.
Col Solare, a collaboration between Chateau Ste. Michelle and Italy’s famed winemaker, Marchese Piero Antinori, has one of the most distinctive winery buildings I’ve photographed. Looking forward to capturing their harvest in this spectacular space.
Before I began my freelance photography business in 2000, I worked for a variety of sports companies (Nike as a photo producer, Aunt Mable’s and Nice Snowboarding as head of marketing, and Oregon Outdoors Magazine covering a plethora of outdoor adventure sports). Recently I’ve begun integrating my favorite passions – adventure travel and sports with wine & food, and enjoyed two bicycling assignments from Oregon Wine Press and 1859, Oregon’s Magazine. It’s the perfect balance for me, and I’ve continued to play in my own backyard hiking & biking and enjoying a variety of wine & food dining experiences on a regular basis in preparation for an exciting opportunity ahead – stay posted for details soon. Here’s a few selects from my adventures in Oregon.