Good things get better with age

Posted Wed, March 15, 2017 in All Posts, Library Wine Notes, Tasting Room

Ponzi Chardonnay Reserve Did you know Ponzi Chardonnay Reserve can age quite beautifully? The structure and acidity allow this cuvée to evolve into a richer more complex wine over time. Notes of pear, apple and jasmine move to flavors and aromas of apricot, hazelnut, pie spice and brûlée.

What is Hygge?

Posted Tue, March 07, 2017 in All Posts

What is Hygge? Hygge (pronounced hue-guh) is a Danish word used when acknowledging a feeling or moment; whether alone or with friends, at home or out, ordinary or extraordinary― as cozy, charming or special.

Ponzi Arneis a Wines Northwest Favorite

Posted Fri, February 24, 2017 in All Posts, Recent Press

"This unique Italian variety almost became extinct in its native Piedmont region until a renewed interest in the 1990s brought expanded plantings. The grape name means “little rascal” in the Piemontese dialect, because it is reputedly difficult to grow. The Ponzis have conquered that problem and continue to produce a fabulous Arneis offering aromas of apple and baking spice and a complex palate of pear, spice, floral perfume and hints of Japanese plum wine."

George Washington’s Favorite Wine

Posted Mon, February 20, 2017 in All Posts

Did you know that George Washington’s favorite wine was Madeira? He first ordered a pipe (approximately 126 gallons) of this wine in 1759 and continued to enjoy it throughout his presidency and when hosting guests in his home at Mount Vernon. Madeira was even raised to toast the signing of the Declaration of Independence! Today, wine continues to be an important part of White House dinners and events. We are honored that Ponzi wines have been served at the White House for the past two decades.

Wild Child Clones

Posted Wed, February 15, 2017 in All Posts

IN THE DECEMBER/JANUARY ISSUE OF THE SOMM JOURNAL, we touched on the subject of clonal massale (see page 83) and how the unsystematic planting of several clones in a single block is akin to wildflowers growing in a field. We wanted to engage with the folks at Ponzi Vineyards in Oregon’s Willamette Valley to see how the wines made from their clonal massale sites have progressed thanks to this technique. Winemaker Luisa Ponzi plants all of the estate Pinot Noir blocks with this method, allowing the clones to complement one another, with the idea that quality will prevail, along with superb...