THE RISING SUN OF ALUMBRA
Elena Rodriguez leads Yamhill Valley’s newest Latina label
Story by Mark Stock
Photos by Rusty Rae
It’s practically a tall tale in these parts, but it should be just standard non-fiction fare.
“The story starts with my father,” says Elena Rodriguez, the founder of Alumbra Cellars. Her father, Leo, planted the vineyard in 2005. Earlier this year, the estate-minded label was officially launched, under an elegant title that essentially means “to light.”
“He grew up on a farm in Mexico in the state of Durango. He was pulled out of the fifth grade to help his grandfather work on the farm to support the family,” she continues. “But he envisioned himself doing more in the United States to better himself and his future family.”
August 30 & 31
WALNUT CITY MUSIC FESTIVAL
Lower City Park, McMinnville
A fresh take on the indie music festival. Two days, 12 bands, one intimate park setting. Featuring Seratones (Shreveport, Louisiana), The Yawpers (Denver, Colorado), Valley Queen (Los Angeles), The Deltaz (Los Angeles), The Solarists (Provo, Utah), Sunny War (Los Angeles), MAITA (Portland), The Mutineers (Portland), and more!
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