Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Duck Pond 2009 Pinot Noir, Willamette Valley

Astoria, Oregon, is famous for being the location for the movie, “The Goonies.” The movie is a family favorite, but the city is high on our list now for other reasons.
We spent a “splurge” night in Astoria after the recent Wine Bloggers Conference in Portland. We stayed at the Cannery Pier Hotel, a fabulous hotel in a renovated cannery building that is located on wood pilings in the Columbia River. It is right next to the bridge that links Oregon to Washington State.

We started the afternoon with some complimentary wine on the sun-drenched hotel deck. For dinner we were transported in a vintage Cadillac to downtown Astoria for dinner at The Silver Salmon.
My entrée was wood plank salmon with Dungeness crab served with garlic mashed potatoes. To accompany this fabulous dish I ordered a bottle of Duck Pond 2009 Pinot Noir.
The Duck Pond fit the meal like a silk glove. It was fresh and smooth. This is light in body with bright raspberry flavor notes. There’s just enough earthiness to fit seamlessly with the fish.
With a bite of salmon and a sip of wine in the mouth, it tasted as if it would be a shame to have either one of them separately. It was the Yin and the Yang of Oregon dining.
The following day we headed up into Washington State and our first stop was Cape Disappointment. However, there was no disappointment this evening. The food, wine and the setting was ideal.
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