Duck Pond Cellars

by Mike on May 15, 2013

Duck Pond Oregon Winert
Founded in 1993 and just celebrating their 20th Anniversary, Duck Pond Cellars owns and operates 840 acres of vineyards in the valleys of northern Oregon and slopes of eastern Washington. Growing in these diverse climates allows Duck Pond Cellars to produce the best quality fruit for a wide selection of wines.

Duck Pond Cellars is located on the North end of Dundee just south of Newberg. Duck Pond has received many awards including gold medals for their white and red wines.

Duck Pond’s tasting room is open daily 10am- 5pm May-September and 11am- 5pm October – April (except for major holidays) for groups up to 9 guests with no appointment.

Reviews from TripAdvisor: “I would recommend sitting on the patio in the lovely gardens, paying $20 for 2 glasses of wine & a delicious antipasto plate.” and “This place is one of the originals of Oregon’s wine country and they make the best reds especially the Sangiovesse and Pinot Noir.”

“Saturday & Sunday, May 25 & 26, 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. – Memorial Day Weekend in Wine Country  Join us for the biggest springtime party in the valley as we celebrate our 20th anniversary! Admission includes a commemorative wine glass, tasting of five wines, barrel sample of a 2012 Pinot Noir and optional cellar tour (3 p.m.). Small plates available for purchase. Saturday from noon – 4 p.m. we’ll have live music, and free samples from Bissinger’s Rainforest from noon-3:00 p.m. $15 admission Saturday; $10 admission Sunday. $5 admission discount for wine club members and guests (up to four people per membership, please).”

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Relish Gastropub

by Mike on May 15, 2013

“Neighborhoods are the sum total of the emotions, experiences, occasions, and coincidences of the folks who live in them.”

Relish Gastropub is a new neighborhood restaurant in the Sellwood-Moreland area of Portland.  Relish has a vision to be to be casual-upscale where the prices are affordable but the food is exceptional.

You want beer? They have 20 rotating taps of the finest NW craft brews and selections from beyond and a 150+ wine list.  Of course they use locally sourced, seasonal, responsibly-raised, organic, and sustainably-farmed ingredients, what self-respecting upscale restaurant wouldn’t?

From their blog:

Our owners and chef have been working toward opening Relish Gastropub all of their lives. This endeavor is the culmination of their lives’ work and experience. As rich and complex as their careers have been up to this point, their pursuits are still quite simple: for Chef Valoff, to cook really good food; for Marla and Akhil, to take really good care of people. To say the team is eager to open the doors is an understatement.

Relish picked an interesting building, I actually missed what it was because it looked like a funeral home building.  I snapped the above picture when I realized what it was. I haven’t had a chance to try them out but I am hopeful for a great experience based on this quote on their blog;

…but what I really want is great people on staff. Basically, I just want to make everyone feel like it’s their home. I know everybody tries to, but it’s something that we are going to be very focused on.”

Portland Oregon Relish GastropubFind them on Twitter and at

6637 SE Milwaukie
Portland, OR 97202
(503) 208-3442


NW Wine Company

by Mike on May 15, 2013

NW Wine Co Oregon

Founded in 2003, NW Wine Company was formed with the goal to provide a custom winegrowing facility that strives to produce quality fruit to wine.  Using state-of-the-art winemaking tools, astute cooperage, small lot fermentations, and blending of craft wines, NW Wine Company works to produce amazing wines.

NW Wine Co just bought two Willamette Valley Vineyards for $3.87 million. In addition to their 185 acres in McMinnville, they purchased 385 acres of Pinot noir and pinot gris plantings near Monmouth.

According to an interview in the Portland Business Journal, the purchase was to secure land for their exponential growth.  NW Wine Co currently is the No. 2 in state for planted vineyards, just behind Duck Pond Cellars.

There was a big rumor going around that somebody from California was going to buy land. That certainly made us more aware, but we had been working on our transaction already.

Want to create your own wine label? With wines in over 30 markets, NW Wine Company provides an all-inclusive service including supply procurement, package design and logistics to ensure your product can stand out as a premium Oregon Wine.

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Caravan Coffee

by Mike on August 13, 2012

From Caravan Coffee - The Willamette Valley is dotted with wonderful wineries and the town of Newberg is home to many of them.  Newberg is also the home of artisan coffee roaster Caravan Coffee.  Our Roastmaster uses two San Franciscan to roast small batches of coffee in a 20 pound traditional drum.  We ship our artisan roasted coffee the day it’s roasted to ensure optimum freshness and flavor.

We source our coffees from all over the world and are proud to carry an extensive selection of relationship coffees as well as shade grown and Organic coffee.  Our proprietor, Pete Miller travels the world to develop relationships with farmers and search for the best coffees.

In June we received a much anticipated shipment of Organic Ethiopian Amaro Gayo, a coffee with distinct blueberry notes. This coffee is rich, full-bodied and velvety smooth.  It is one of the best natural-process coffees we’ve ever tasted!  We are also delighted to offer a treasure from Hawaii; natural Maui Red Catuai.  This coffee is light in body and coats the mouth with satiny smoothness.  It is slightly nutty at the beginning and finishes with a sweet, ripe tropical fruit flavor.

These two coffees are among a dozen we feature in our Tasting Room.  Our Tasting Room is a great place to try artisan roasted coffee via a fresh pour.  In July we added a new coffee bar to the Tasting Room.  The bar was rescued from a basement and lovingly restored by Pete before finding a home at Caravan!

In addition to the Tasting Room we offer weekly cuppings that are open to the public. Each Friday morning Roastmaster, Paul Allen leads the complimentary cuppings as part of his mission to raise awareness of great coffee.  On any given Friday up to 15 people gather to explore the fragrance, aroma and flavor profiles of two varieties of coffee.  Cuppings are an easy way to explore new coffees and to meet fellow coffee enthusiasts!  After cuppings everyone gathers in the Tasting Room for fresh pours of the coffee we’ve cupped.

Our Tasting Room is open on Saturdays this summer; offering wine lovers access to a remarkable cup of coffee and adding value to their visit of the Willamette Valley!

Mon-Thu 8:00 a.m. -5:00 p.m.
Fri 8:00 a.m. -3:00 p.m.
Sat 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.*
*Memorial Day through Labor Day

2750 E. 9th St.
Newberg OR 97132



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