My move to Oregon, back in 2004, coincided with my (now) husband and I becoming engaged. To celebrate the news his Aunt and Uncle took us on a wine tasting adventure through Oregon wine country and as a wedding gift assembled a mixed case made from our favorites. That was eleven years ago, a return visit was overdue!
Our first stop was at Cana’s Feast Winery. Since I’m tree ignorant I’m not positive on the ID, but for the sake of atmosphere I’m calling those tall, thin, exclamation points Italian Cypress (Cupressus sempervirens). They certainly set the mood for a winery that describes itself as “Tuscan-inspired.”
Of course there were olives, Olea europaea ‘Frantoio’ perhaps?
The tasting room for Ken Wright Cellars is located in the old Carlton train station.
One of our group saw the berries and exclaimed “those are beautiful” – the plant nerd in me loved telling him they were indeed Beautyberry (Callicarpa).
Only added to the mystery…then my husband spotted a couple of remaining leaves. Sequoia? Metasequoia? Or as Tim Vojt suggests (below, in the comments) do we have a bald cypress (Taxodium distichum)? The ID saga continues as Evan Bean points out the cones are a match for Metasequoia glyptostroboides, I have to agree, it looks like this most likely is our tree…