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United States Air Force Academy, Northwest viticulture center, University of Massachusetts Lowell, Tufts University
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Hey, I'm Mark!
Portland, Oregon, United States · Member since July 2012

Hi there! Welcome to the Colombia Gorge! I hope you have a great time here. It is a wonderfully beautiful and gorgeous (pun intended) scenic area. There's so much to do, from the fabulous restaurants, to the live music, festivals, skiiing, rafting, biking, kayaking, hiking and parks. Such great wine and beer as well!

The former, wine, brought me to Oregon as a tourist, and soon I found myself attending wine school in Salem, just south of Portland 45 mintues. I began my winery while attending enology/viticulture classes and have been making wine since 2006.

I spent 11 years in the Air Force as a pilot, program manager and astroanutical engineer. My two master's degrees are in Environmental Studies and International Relations. I enjoy the outdoors immensely--hiking, biking, running, kayaking, etc. I am more grounded and at peace in a place of natural beauty. Thankfully Oregon and Hawaii have plenty of those places!

An engineering job opened up on the island of Kauai as I was finishing school and I took this as a sign to begin making tropical wines. I lived in Hawaii for almost three years and the second label, Island Mana Wines, was born during that time. Mana means energy or spirit in Hawaiian.

The tasting room in downtown Portland features both my Oregon and Hawaiian wines, decorated in a relaxing island cottage plantation style. The tasting room has a great vibe and energy. I hope you can stop by and Taste the Spirit of Aloha with us during your stay.

I have hosted over 200 people at 3 different properties with 89 positive reviews. While my location may change with time, the quality of hosting will continue to be welcoming and inviting.

I look forward to meeting you and hope you enjoy your stay in the Columbia Gorge.

Cheers,
Mark

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