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February 19, 2019 |

An Unexpected Winter Favorite

The lesser-known cousin to Pinot gris and Pinot noir, Pinot blanc is sometimes overlooked, though it is one of the most delightful and food-friendly wines around. Lively notes of tropical fruit, layered with vibrant acidity, dance on the palate, making this stainless-steel fermented wine perfect for the dreariest winter day.

The 2017 Ponzi Pinot Blanc is produced from the nearly 30-year-old vines planted at our LIVE Certified Sustainable Aurora Vineyard.

2017 Ponzi Pinot Blanc
“Guava, passionfruit, pineapple and star jasmine, laced with white licorice and honeysuckle, give this nose tropical and floral notes. The mouth shows quince, lemon curd and ripe nectarine finishing broad and supple with a touch of slate minerality and fresh acidity.” 
–Winemaker Luisa Ponzi

Offered at $22/bottle
(15% off bottles, 20% off cases for members)

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February 14, 2019 |

Pretty, Pink & Easy to Love!

One of our favorite things about Pinot noir rosé is its versatility; not to mention its knack for brightening any occasion. With the first sip, a juicy kaleidoscope of flavors burst onto your palate. Mouthwatering acidity keeps the finish lively and crisp.

The fruit for the 2018 Ponzi Pinot Noir Rosé was intentionally selected with an eye towards cooler sites which retain juicy, vibrant acidity.

2018 Ponzi Pinot Noir Rosé
“Ethereal aromatics of magnolia, hibiscus, wild strawberry, jasmine and rainwater blend with slightly savory hints of lemon thyme and white pepper on the nose. The seamless palate of apple (think Envy or Pink Lady), slight honey notes and juicy acidity make this a refreshing, but serious Pinot noir rosé.” 
Winemaker Luisa Ponzi

Crafted from 100% Pinot noir, the fruit for our Rosé is intentionally selected with an eye towards cooler sites which retain juicy, vibrant acidity. Stainless steel fermentation to retain the bright, fresh fruit character.

Offered at $23/bottle  | $65/magnum
(15% off bottles, 20% off cases for members)


Time Posted: Feb 14, 2019 at 2:12 PM Permalink to Pretty, Pink & Easy to Love! Permalink
February 8, 2019 |

Romantic Wineries: 3 Oregon Wineries for Valentine’s Day

Wine tasting in the Willamette Valley is the perfect way to celebrate Valentine’s Day with a special person or a group of beloved friends. There’s no shortage of stunning wineries with sweeping views and romantic tasting rooms, so we’ve narrowed it down for you to three sweet spots.

Ponzi VineyardsStop 1: Ponzi Vineyards
19500 SW Mountain Home Road, Sherwood
(503) 628-1227

This founding Oregon winery was established in 1970 by husband-and-wife powerhouse Dick and Nancy Ponzi. Working side-by-side, they grew the business while raising their three children. If that isn’t romantic, we don’t know what is! Now owned and operated by their daughters Luisa and Anna Maria Ponzi, the sleek tasting room is perfect for cuddling, with a centerpiece fireplace inside flanked by comfy seating and fireside options on the terrace overlooking Avellana vineyard and the Chehalem Mountains. Just 40 minutes from Portland, it’s the perfect spot to sip a glass of the 2014 Ponzi Sparkling Brut Rosé.

Stoller Family EstateStop 2: Stoller Family Estate
16161 NE McDougall Road, Dayton
(503) 864-3404

An easy and scenic 30-minute drive to Stoller is the second stop on our itinerary. This property has been in the Stoller family since the 1940s and was planted to vines in 1995. The tasting room is full of natural light, with an inviting patio and a lawn perfect for picnics. A guest favorite is the tire swing. While fun for kids, it has also been the picturesque site of many proposals. Its distance from the tasting room allows for a little privacy, while its setting provides the perfect backdrop for Instagram-worthy proposal photos.

Domaine SereneStop 3: Domaine Serene
6555 NE Hilltop Lane, Dayton
(866) 864-6555

Just ten minutes away is our final stop. Founders Grace and Ken Evenstad named the winery for their daughter, Serene, and released their first vintage in 1990. The website for this winery includes not only gorgeous images of the property, it also has photos of the Evenstad’s first date and wedding day. How adorable is that? It’s all romance over there, as a visit to their tasting room will make you feel as if you’ve been whisked away to a chateau in the French countryside. They have several private tasting options for those looking for something more intimate.

Time Posted: Feb 8, 2019 at 1:45 PM Permalink to Romantic Wineries: 3 Oregon Wineries for Valentine’s Day Permalink
February 1, 2019 |

Classico Vineyards Series: Gemini

The Willamette Valley is suited perfectly in every way for Pinot noir, with an abundance of beautiful growing sites. Ponzi Vineyards is lucky to farm some of the best  at our Avellana, Aurora and Paloma vineyards. These sites are the foundation of our signature wine, the Classico Pinot Noir. To complete the blend and highlight all this region can produce, we work with area growers to source the finest fruit from nine additional exceptional vineyards. For our 2015 Classico blend, Winemaker Luisa Ponzi selected Gemini Vineyard to be among them.

Originally planted in 1995, this 15-acre vineyard sits on a south-facing slope in the Chehalem Mountains AVA in the Willamette Valley of Oregon. At almost 500 feet of elevation, the soil is primarily Laurelwood--a deep, wind-blown loess topsoil over decomposed basalt--creates optimal conditions for sustainable farming at this LIVE-certified, Salmon Safe site.

Located west of Sherwood, Oregon, this meticulously farmed vineyard is notoriously the darkest fruit of each vintage; the clusters approaching black in color. The site gives fruit with the the happy balance of very high acidity at high Brix translating to structure and richness.

About the Classico Series

Our Classico Pinot Noir is blended from 100% Pinot noir sourced from the exceptional sites throughout the Willamette Valley with Ponzi’s most established vineyards at its base. The result is a classic New World expression of Oregon Pinot noir with nuances and flavors that are a hallmarks of the region’s varied soils and cool climate. Follow along as we explore some of the vineyards chosen by Winemaker Luisa Ponzi as the truest expressions of the vintage.

Time Posted: Feb 1, 2019 at 1:42 PM Permalink to Classico Vineyards Series: Gemini Permalink