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Earth Science Rocks! Wineries & Soils in the Gorge

March 17, 2018 @ 10:30 pm – 4:00 pm
Columbia Gorge Discovery Center
5000 Discovery Dr
The Dalles, OR 97058
Columbia Gorge Discovery Center
541.296.8600 ext.201

What could be more fun for an Earth Science aficionado then exploring soils, climate, and geology and how it relates to a luscious sip of a gorgeous wine? Join Steve Carlson on a tour of 3 local wineries on March 17. You will learn about the diverse growing conditions which allow for a wide variety of grapes to be grown.

The Columbia Gorge has its own appellation, which means it is a specific growing region for wine grapes. Growing conditions have been compared at The Dalles to Bordeaux, France, and at the Cascade Locks to Burgundy, France all in just 40 miles!

Steve Carlson is a Northwest native and a retired professor of geology. As an excursion leader, he is enthusiastic, informed and will bring new understanding to the beauty of our geologic environment.

The fee is $50 and includes refreshments and bottled water. Reserve your place by making a $25 deposit by March 13, by calling 541-296-8600 ext. 201. For more information visit

“I loved going on THREE geology trips with Steve Carlson last year, because I learned a lot and it was really fun! Even the driver was a hoot. These trips are great for people just getting interested in geology and for people who already know something. It’s so great to have a knowledgeable geologist whose been involved in studying and teaching in the Northwest for decades.”  –  Heidi Venture

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