Oregon wine month is one my favorite times of the year and it is especially good if you happen to live in the Portland area. The events actually start in April and run throughout May, the “official” wine month.
Some events are focused on the wines of a region and others feature both wineries and local restaurants. Corks and Forks was one of our favorites this year held at Castaway in Northwest Portland. Below are some of the standouts from this years event.
Tony and Terri-Lynn met in 1987 as teenagers. In 1991 they were married. Tony has been a professional musician his entire life and spent the 90’s touring and releasing albums. In 2001 the couple left the cities and moved to a small community on the Oregon coast. This is where they fell into television production and film making. In 2004 Makai Ohana Productions was founded and the couple produced advertising and creative content for hundreds of tourism related businesses and government entities in Southern Oregon and Northern California. Realizing the industry was evolving towards the internet they re-branded the business in 2012 to Xplore Film. This company would now be an international business producing films world wide as well as an NGO in West Africa where the couple provides clean water boreholes, scholarships and even a prosthetic hand project.
In 2018 Tony and Terri-Lynn with their dog Bisque Kitt packed the belongings they could carry on their backs and flew to Spain. They bought a home and planned to spend equal time between the two countries running the business. Then Covid hit and the world closed. By 2020 they realized Spain, and specifically Torrevieja was now home. They bought a sailboat and started to create a life on the Costa Blanca of music, film, events and community.