Wine Pick of the Month: Duck Pond

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Duck Pond Cellars is a family-owned winery in the heart of Central Oregon.  The Fries and Jenkins families own and farm six vineyard sites in Oregon.  These vineyards feature a dense, heavy clay soil called Jory, which are best suited for cool climate grape varieties like Pinot Noir and Pinot Gris.

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In Oregon, the family has focused on Pinot Gris and Pinot Noir. Today their plantings include a total of five vineyards in the Willamette Valley totaling 279 planted acres.

Their most recent purchase was a large plot of land in Southern Oregon’s Umpqua Valley, which they call Coles Valley Vineyard. Formerly in pasture, the acreage was planted to a variety of Pinot Noir clones between 2009 and 2012. The cuttings for the 272-acre vineyard were hand-grafted and readied for planting in four greenhouses on their Hylo Vineyard.

 

Pick up a bottle of Pinot Gris for $9.99, Chardonnay for $9.99 and Pinot Noir for $15.99 at Orcas Island Market.

 

Pairing Suggestions:

Pinot Gris
Dungeness crab, poached salmon, oysters on the half-shell, seared scallops, Thai food.

Chardonnay
Halibut, cream-based soups and pastas, lobster, pasta carbonara.

Pinot Noir
Mushroom risotto, lamb chops, barbecued ribs or chicken, grilled salmon.