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Don’t do what I did and pronounce this 150-mile stretch of Oregon the way it looks, or eventually a charming, long-suffering lumbersexual will sigh and correct you with the standard, “It’s Will-AM-ette, dammit.”

649faYKphoto of Steven Amell, inspiration for Manolo in THE CRUSH, by QuestfortheD via imgur

Today I’m taking the lazy blogger way out and posting some photos of my most recent trek to The Pinot State. The above picture was taken as I reached the town of Carlton, renamed Clarkston for all 3 books in An Oregon Wine Country Romance, starting with THE CRUSH.

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Another way to access my Airbnb is via Ribbon Ridge private airport.
One can dream.
IMG_4565Turn left at the intersection first pictured to go onto Carlton’s Main Street.

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Feel like having a picnic in the vineyards? Stop in Farmhouse Provisions. There you can get locally-sourced cheeses, eggs, produce and meats. Of course, they also offer wine by the glass and bottle, like Rocky Point, Denison, Tartan, Dusky Goose, Tendril, Illahe, Idealist, Stone Griffon, WildAire Cellars and Yamhill Valley Vineyards, to name a few.

IMG_4593For a sit-down meal try Cuvée. Chef Gilbert Henry’s previous establishment, Winterborne Restaurant in Portland, was highly rated by Zagat. He now offers exceptional food in a chic and casual indoor café that is a favorite of locals and visitors alike.

THE CRUSH, Book 1 of An Oregon Wine Country Romance, is now preordering here for Oct. 25 delivery. (Print format coming soon.)