Wine Pick of the Month: Duck Pond


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.


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.

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

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