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December 28, 2017 |

Introducing the new 2017 ROSÉ with Wine Pairing 101.

What: Wine Pairing 101: Dinner at Ponzi Vineyards
When: Saturday, February 10th, 7pm
Details: $125. Limited to 50 guests
Where: Ponzi Vineyards: 
19500 SW Mountain Home Road, 
Sherwood, OR 97140

Just in time for Valentine's Day. Ponzi Vineyards will be setting the table for a food and wine filled night to remember. 

Taste your way to becoming proficient in selecting the perfect wine for any meal. Learn the tricks of the trade from Culinary Director, Thomas Ghinazzi, as you explore Ponzi wines and vintages expertly paired with a variety of seasonal dishes.

This popular evening is topped off with the release of the Ponzi Pinot Noir Rosé & Rosé magnums. Join us for a fun, festive, and elegant dining experience in the heart of Oregon's wine country.

($125 / ticket. Limited to 50 guests. Sells out early.)
Time Posted: Dec 28, 2017 at 2:13 PM Permalink to Introducing the new 2017 ROSÉ with Wine Pairing 101. Permalink
December 26, 2017 |

Sparkling Brut Rosé Arrives for a Limited Time!

As a thank you for continuing to enjoy Ponzi wines, we want you to be the first to know the 2014 Ponzi Sparkling Brut Rosé has been bottled and 10 cases are being made available to our favorite people. When it’s gone, it’s gone− until it’s official release in April.

We can’t wait for you to pop the cork on this limited production, 70% Pinot noir, 30% Chardonnay sparkling brut rosé.

Cheers and Happy New Year!


Time Posted: Dec 26, 2017 at 3:21 PM Permalink to Sparkling Brut Rosé Arrives for a Limited Time! Permalink
December 19, 2017 |

Ponzi How-To Guide: Setting a Formal Table

Is the fork on the left or the right? Where do the dessert utensils go? When it comes to the holidays, it's fun to dress things up a bit. For tips on how we would set the table for a formal dinner party, watch this quick 2 minute video.

Click here to watch more How-to Video's, TIPs, and Wine 101.
Time Posted: Dec 19, 2017 at 12:37 PM Permalink to Ponzi How-To Guide: Setting a Formal Table Permalink
December 13, 2017 |

Ponzi How-To Guide: Opening a Wax Seal

Many Ponzi magnums and specialty cuvées are finished with wax. Learn how to open these bottles safely. All you need is a cork puller, a strong hand and a bit of confidence. 

Here are a few of our favorite selections:

2014 Ponzi Old Vine Pinot Gris

2016 Ponzi Riesling Magnum



Time Posted: Dec 13, 2017 at 11:44 AM Permalink to Ponzi How-To Guide: Opening a Wax Seal Permalink
December 12, 2017 |

Riesling Recipes

Clay pot chicken tarragon


  • 6 whole chicken breasts
  • 6 T chopped fresh tarragon (reserve
  • 1T for garnish), or 2 1/2 tsp. dried
  • S & P, to taste (Salt on the heavy side for clay-pot cooking)
  • 1 1/2 C dry white wine
  • 1 T arrowroot powder


1. Soak the clay pot, top and bottom, in water for 15 minutes
2. Rinse the chicken in cold water and lay it on a clean cloth to dry.
3. In a well-soaked clay pot, layer the chicken breasts, sprinkling each layer with salt, pepper and tarragon. Pour wine over the chicken.
4. Place the top on the clay pot, and put it in the center of a cold oven.
5. Turn the heat to 480°F and bake for 70 minutes.
6 Carefully remove the very hot pot from the oven.
7. Arrange the chicken in a warm serving bowl.
8. Make sauce by straining the liquid from the clay pot into a saucepan. Heat just to boil, reduce heat, and stir in arrowroot to thicken. Adjust seasonings.
9. Arrange the chicken with whole sprigs of tarragon (if you’re fortunate to have a plant outside the kitchen), or garnish with some of the sauce and a sprinkle of tarragon. Surround the chicken with roasted or boiled colorful vegetables, or broiled tomatoes and grains such as farro, wild rice, or rice pilaf. Serve additional sauce at the table.




  • 1 T bacon fat
  • 1 onion, thinly sliced
  • 1 clove garlic, chopped
  • 1 1/2 lb. high-quality sauerkraut,
  • rinsed and drained
  • 1/2 C dry Riesling
  • 1/2 C chicken stock
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 2 sprigs fresh thyme
  • 5 juniper berries
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 1/2 lb. smoked ham hocks
  • 1/2 lb. slab bacon, cut into large
  • chunks
  • 1 1/2 lb. assorted sausages
  • 1 1/2 lb. pounds smoked ham
  • Assorted mustards, for serving


1. Preheat the oven to 350°F.
2. Add the bacon fat to a large casserole pan and place over medium-heat on the stovetop.
3. When the fat is hot, add the onions and garlic, sautéing briefly until translucent.
4. Add the sauerkraut, Riesling, chicken stock, bay leaves, thyme, juniper berries, and pepper. Stir and bring to a boil.
5. Remove the mixture to a bowl and set aside.
6. Arrange the ham hocks, bacon, and smoked ham in the bottom of the casserole and top with the sauerkraut mixture, spreading evenly. Cover with foil and bake for 1 hour.
7. Remove from the oven, top with the sausages, cover, and bake again until sausages are done, approximately 30 minutes.
8. Serve with an assortment of mustards.

Time Posted: Dec 12, 2017 at 1:43 PM Permalink to Riesling Recipes Permalink
December 6, 2017 |

Holiday Gifts for Wine Lovers

Deliver the gift of wine with a little panache. We have a limited supply of wooden gift boxes handcrafted in Oregon, available for magnums, single bottles and customized sets of 2, 3, and 6. Pick and choose your wine to create a gift perfectly tailored to the wine lover in your life.

Need a little help? Here are a few of our favorite combinations to guide you in your gift-giving this holiday season. From the collector to the chef to the ultimate wine critic, Ponzi has you covered.  

For the Collector - Three Vineyards with a story to tell

2015 Ponzi Abetina Pinot Noir ($105)
2015 Ponzi Aurora Pinot Noir ($105)
2015 Ponzi Vigneto Pinot Noir ($80)

To Oak or Not to Oak - a 2 bottle set to please any palate

2014 Ponzi Chardonnay Reserve- oaked ($40)
2015 Ponzi Chardonnay- unoaked ($22)

for the love of PinoT– A DUO of Pinot Noir

2014 Ponzi Pinot Noir Reserve ($65)
2014 Ponzi Classico Pinot Noir ($43)

Three Pairings for the 3-course chef

2016 Ponzi Pinot Blanc- Pairs well with seafood and salads ($22)
2015 Ponzi Tavola Pinot Noir- Pairs well with salmon ($27)
2014 Ponzi Dolcetto- Pairs well with beef stew ($30)

A six-pack of award winners for the wine critic

2015 Ponzi Abetina Pinot Noir 95 points Tasting Panel ($105)
2014 Ponzi Pinot Noir Reserve 96 points Wine Enthusiast ($65)
2014 Ponzi Classico Pinot Noir 96 points Wine Report Online ($43)
2014 Ponzi Aurora Chardonnay 94 points Wine & Spirits ($63)
2014 Ponzi Chardonnay Reserve 93 points Wine Enthusiast ($40)
2014 Ponzi Old Vine Pinot Gris 93 points Wine Enthusiast ($38)

A coveted magnum in a wooden box- you can't go wrong

Browse our extensive selection of large format cuvées.

Get ready to sip and share!

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Time Posted: Dec 6, 2017 at 11:47 AM Permalink to Holiday Gifts for Wine Lovers Permalink