Adding wine to wellness

Although also exercise, yoga is a meditative practice that places a large focus on breathing. What better place to practice than outdoors in the fresh air?

Left Coast Cellars in Rickreall takes the holistic nature of the exercise into account by offering a complete one-day retreat at their winery on July 11.

Meant to combine the restorative power of yoga and the outdoor beauty of wine country, “Vino & Vinyasa” is a first time event for the winery.

Nichole Taylor, a Yoga Alliance Registered-yoga teacher and a certified personal trainer, leads an open air yoga class in an open air tree house pavilion.

After training the body, it’s time for healthy nourishment. Vino & Vinyasa includes breakfast and concludes with a light, wine pairing lunch.

A private walking tour of the vineyard is also part of the experience, showcasing the land on which their antioxidant rich wine is procured.

Space for the event is limited to 30 people. All fitness level are welcome, but guests must be 21 years of age or older. Each guest must bring their own yoga mat.

The retreat, which continues rain or shine, costs $55 per person or $49 for Left Coast Wine Club members. Advanced registration is required.

For more information, visit or the Left Coast Cellars Tasting Room at 4225 N Pacific Highway.

Carbs the culprit?

Having celiac disease may be a lot like having allergies or being lactose intolerant. For those that remain undiagnosed, digestion may be a painful process that is as confusing as it is discomforting.

Nadine Grzeskowiak, known as the gluten-free RN, leads a one-hour seminar on celiac disease called an “Introduction to Gluten Intolerance and Celiac Disease” on July 30 at the Corvallis-Benton Chamber Coalition, 420NW Second St. from 12 to 1 p.m.

She speaks on the estimation that one in every 100 Americans suffers from the disease and only three percent are diagnosed. In her talk, Grzeskowiak covers the basics of gluten intolerance and what it means to lead a gluten-free lifestyle.

In addition to the lecture, a light lunch of gluten-free foods is provided.

To register for the event, call 541-602-1065 or e-mail Grzeskowiak at