Statesman Journal Profiles Legacy Wineries

Posted Mon, July 28, 2014 in All Posts

Ponzi Vineyards names Maria Ponzi President of Ponzi Vineyards. Graduating from the School of Journalism at the University of Oregon in 1987, Ponzi's studies included time at the University of Massachusetts in Amherst and the Universita per Stranieri in Perugia, Italy. Following graduation, Ponzi spent three years in advertising at a publishing house in Boston. Returning home to the family business in 1991, Ponzi took over responsibilities as marketing director for BridgePort Brewing Company, which the family founded in 1984, then sold in 1995. Ponzi was also instrumental in establishing the...

CASA for Children Benefit Concert with Curtis Salgado

Posted Wed, July 23, 2014 in All Posts

More than 180 guests gathered on the plaza last weekend for an intimate concert with blues legend Curtis Salgado. Proceeds benefited CASA for Children, a local chapter of the non-profit organization that advocates for the best interest of abused and neglected children who are under the protection of the court. This is the second year Ponzi has partnered with CASA for Children for this benefit concert....

Re-Defining a Category - 90 Points for Ponzi Pinot Gris from Wine Review Online

Posted Wed, July 23, 2014 in All Posts, Recent Press

The aroma of the 2013 Ponzi Pinot Gris is fairly pronounced and complex, with gentle notes of lime, white peach, and a delicate floral scent. The wine’s taste is dry and medium-bodied with crisp acidity and the perkiness of a small amount of CO2 that remains from fermentation. Fresh fruit flavors echo the notes in the aroma while lemony flavors emerge -- all showing good concentration....By Mary Ewing-Mulligan/Wine Review Online

2011 Ponzi Pinot Noir Reserve Receives 92 Point Score

Posted Tue, July 22, 2014 in All Posts, Recent Press

"Deep red. Pungent red berry, cherry pit, wilted rose and sassafras scents, with hints of vanilla and woodsmoke in the background. Shows very good clarity and lift on the palate, offering juicy redcurrant, bitter cherry and floral flavors that flesh out and gain sweetness in the mid-palate. Sappy, smoky and focused on the finish, which features dusty tannins and a whiplash of vibrant red fruit and floral pastille qualities." Josh Raynolds, July/August 2014

Ponzi Founders Named Two of Oregon’s Iconic Winemakers

Posted Mon, July 21, 2014 in All Posts

Ponzi was our last visit of the day, and we took our time at Maria and Louisa Ponzi’s wonderful new winery and tasting room. They earned a reputation as one of the best producers in the valley after they planted their first vineyards in 1970 and produced their first wine in 1974, and these wines solidify it. One of the winery’s flagships is their Pinot Gris. You can get a sense of the entire vintage by tasting just this one wine every year. In the 2013 Ponzi Willamette Valley Pinot Gris ($14.99) you get the bright tangy apple and pear flavors of the vintage after the rains and the richer...