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Artwork and wine benefit Oregon wildlife

Nov. 13, 2014

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The 2014 winning artwork of Western Painted Turtles by Timothy Turenne of Richfield, Minnesota is featured on the label of Conservation Cuvee – Lot 2.
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SALEM, Ore. – Support your love of Oregon’s wildlife, wine and jazz by heading out to Duck Pond Cellars for the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife’s art show and Duck Pond Conservation Cuvee – Lot 2 wine release party. The free event is Saturday, Nov. 22 from 1 p.m. – 4 p.m. at Duck Pond Cellars, 23145 Hwy 99W, Dundee.

The art show features more than 60 entries submitted by artists as part of ODFW’s 2015 Habitat Conservation, Upland Game Bird, and Waterfowl Stamp art contests. The winning entry from each contest will be used to produce 2015 collector stamps and other promotional items. At the art show, visitors can vote for the People’s Choice Award.

In 2013, Duck Pond Cellars began partnering with ODFW by crafting a unique blend of Pinot Noir called Conservation Cuvee – Lot 1. The wine label features the Western Meadowlark, the 2012 Habitat Conservation Stamp winning artwork. Duck Pond Cellars donates $5 for each bottle sold to ODFW’s Conservation Program.

“We are happy to announce the release of Conservation Cuvee – Lot 2, another beautiful wine crafted using fruit from our family’s vineyards throughout Oregon,” said Greg Fries, president and co-owner of Duck Pond Cellars. “This is a classic interpretation of Oregon Pinot Noir – nuanced and somewhat delicate, with earthy undertones and a soft, almost floral, finish."

Conservation Cuvee – Lot 2 features the 2014 winning artwork of Western Painted Turtles by Timothy Turenne of Richfield, Minnesota. This limited production wine can be purchased at Duck Pond Cellars, through the winery’s website, and at select restaurants and wine shops. Once again, $5 from the sale of each bottle helps fund ODFW’s Conservation Program.

Fries recommends pairing this wine with wild mushroom risotto or Northwest salmon. It also makes a terrific partner to Thanksgiving cuisine. He recommends consuming it within in the next few years for optimal fruitiness; those looking for a good candidate for long-term cellaring should consider the heartier Conservation Cuvee - Lot 1 Pinot Noir.

Enjoy live jazz by Whetsell Adams and complimentary tastings of select Duck Pond wines, including both lots of Conservation Cuvee. Please dress warmly as the event will be held in the winery’s bottling line area. For more information on Duck Pond’s conservation efforts, visit www.duckpondcellars.com

Collector stamps can be purchased online. More information about each stamp is below.

Habitat Conservation Stamp

This stamp and art prints feature wildlife identified in the Oregon Conservation Strategy as species in need of help, such as the Pygmy rabbit, Northern red-legged frog, Gray whale and many others. Revenue helps restore habitats essential to declining or at-risk species.

Migratory Waterfowl Stamp

The 2015 waterfowl stamp competition is the first open art competition for this stamp since 1994. From 1995-2013, internationally renowned wildlife artist Robert Steiner was contracted to produce artwork for the waterfowl stamp. Artwork featured on previous stamps included geese, ducks and waterfowl hunting dogs. Artists this year were allowed to feature any ducks and/or geese native to Oregon in their natural habitat.

Upland Game Bird Stamp

Oregon’s upland game bird stamp art contest first began in 1990 and each year features one of 10 upland game bird species found in Oregon. This year, artists were asked to feature Hungarian (gray) partridge. The sale of waterfowl and upland game bird stamps funds game bird research, surveys, habitat improvement and conservation projects.

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Contact:
Lindsay Adrean (503) 947-6099
Meghan Dugan (541) 440-3353

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