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Artwork and wine benefit Oregon’s wildlife

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

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The 2015 winning artwork of Tufted Puffins by Don Meinders of Otto, North Carolina is featured on the label of Conservation Cuvee – Lot 3.
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SALEM, Ore - Enjoy wildlife, wine and jazz at the third annual Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife Art Show and Duck Pond Cellars’ Conservation Cuvee – Lot 3 wine release party. This free event is Saturday, Nov. 7 from 1 p.m. – 4 p.m. at Duck Pond Cellars, 23145 Hwy 99W, Dundee.

The art show features 56 entries submitted by artists as part of ODFW’s 2016 Habitat Conservation, Upland Game Bird, and Waterfowl Stamp art contests. The winning entry from each contest is then used to produce collector stamps and other promotional items with proceeds benefitting Oregon’s native wildlife. 

Conservation Cuvee – Lot 3 is the third in a series of Duck Pond Cellars’ specialty wines that benefit Oregon’s wildlife. The winery has been partnering with ODFW for several years by crafting unique blends of Pinot Noir and donating $5 for each bottle sold to ODFW’s Conservation Program. To date, more than $14,000 has been donated to this program.

At the art show, Greg Fries, president and co-owner of Duck Pond Cellars will release Conservation Cuvee – Lot 3 featuring the 2015 winning artwork of Tufted Puffins by Don Meinders of Otto, North Carolina.

“This is a special, small lot Pinot Noir we crafted using fruit from our family’s Oregon vineyards. A classic interpretation of Oregon Pinot Noir, this cuvee is nuanced and supple with earthy undertones and a soft, spicy finish,” Fries said.

Fries recommends consuming this wine within in the next few years for optimal fruitiness although it would benefit from extended cellar aging for those who appreciate a softer, more delicate Pinot Noir. It pairs well with Northwest salmon and would make a good partner for Thanksgiving dinner.

Conservation Cuvee – Lot 2 and Lot 3 can be purchased at Duck Pond Cellars, through the winery’s website, and at select restaurants and wine shops. Conservation Cuvee – Lot 2 features the artwork of Western Painted Turtles by Timothy Turenne.

Visitors can vote on their favorite artwork for the People’s Choice Award, enjoy live music by jazz quartet Whetsell Adams, and sample complimentary tastings of Conservation Cuvee Lot 2 and Lot 3. Please dress warmly as the event will be held in the winery’s production cellar. For more information on Duck Pond’s conservation efforts, click here

Collector stamps and art prints can be purchased online. More information about each stamp program is below.

Habitat Conservation Stamp
This stamp and art prints feature wildlife identified in the Oregon Conservation Strategy as species of greatest conservation need such as the Western Meadowlark, Kit Fox, Western Painted Turtle and many others. Revenue helps restore habitats essential to declining or at-risk species native to Oregon.

Migratory Waterfowl Stamp
Artists this year were asked to feature Black Brant, Common Merganser, Greater Scaup or Dusky Canada Goose in their natural habitat. Sales of this stamp fund waterfowl management projects such as population surveys, banding, and wetland management and enhancement. A major marsh rejuvenation and enhancement recently completed at Summer Lake Wildlife Area was funded in part by sales of the waterfowl stamp.

Upland Game Bird Stamp
Since 1990, the upland game bird stamp art contest features one of 10 upland game bird species found in Oregon. This year, artists were asked to showcase California quail. The sale of upland game bird stamps funds game bird research, surveys, habitat improvement and conservation projects. A recent example includes funding new technology to survey remote Greater sage-grouse leks in Eastern Oregon.




Andrea Hanson, 503-947-6320
Meghan Dugan, 541-440-3353

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