Sunday Evenings Begins July 10th!
Wine, music and bocce as the sun goes down over the beautiful Willamette Valley. Ponzi stays open until 8pm every Sunday July 10th through August 28th. Visit the Calendar of Events for details.
Ponzi, Argyle, Roco Cruise of a Lifetime!
Sail the Mediterranean with the Founders of Ponzi Vineyards, Argyle Winery & Roco Winery on a 10 day wine focused cruise!
Love to travel, and love Oregon Pinot Noir? Combine the two and you get an Oregon Pinot Noir wine cruise! A rare opportunity to spend 10 days immersed in wine with trailblazers of the Oregon wine industry. Set sail on one of Oceania Cruises' luxurious ships, from Barcelona to Athens with Ponzi Vineyards founders Dick and Nancy Ponzi, Argyle Winery founder and winemaker, Rollin Soles, also of Roco Winery with founder Corby Stonebraker-Soles.
The customized cruise includes Pinot-focused winemaker dinners, tastings and seminars and private parties with Ponzi, Argyle and Roco. No wine cruise would be complete without a celebrity chef onboard to spoil you with epicurean wonders. Master Chef Jacques Pépin, is a master of French cuisine, famous for his television cooking shows, most notably, “Julia and Jacques Cooking at Home”, an award-winning series with Julia Child.
Ports of Call highlights include Provence, Tuscany, Sicily and the Greek Isles. Take advantage of exclusive wine and food focused shore excursions to some of Europe’s most noted wineries.
Pricing includes flights, shipboard accommodations, onboard meals, private wine program, all surcharges and government taxes.
For more details on this extraordinary cruise, visit foodandwinetrails.com or call 800-367-5348.
Reservations must be made by this September 2011!
Chef’s Tribute in NYC a Grand Affair!
Founders Dick and Nancy Ponzi represented Ponzi Vineyards, among some of the most prestigious wineries in the world, on Monday, June 13th at the 26th Annual Chef's Tribute at Rockefeller Center. This was the first time an Oregon winery was invited to the Chef's Tribute, a benefit for Citymeals-on-Wheels. Some of most celebrated chefs in country personally prepared and served amazing dishes to the more than 1,000 attendees. VIP tickets to the event were offered at $2,000 a piece. The event raised $788,000 in a single evening, from ticket sales and in-kind donations.
Sample the Acclaimed ‘08 Pinot Reserve
We're opening this special, cellar-worthy wine on the weekends. Enjoy a taste for $5. While available.
winereviewonline.com- 92 points
"Ponzi is one the leaders in Oregon Pinot Noir. Their Reserve bottling is consistently top-notch because they make only about 1,500 12-bottle cases of it. The lesser quality fruit goes into their two lower tiers of Pinot Noir. This Reserve has an exciting combination of delicate fresh red fruits and leafy savory notes. Flavors dance across the palate and linger. It’s my idea of Pinot Noir--flavor without weight."
May 31, 2011
Wine Enthusiast- 95 points, Editors’ Choice
"A gorgeous wine, lush and refined from the first sniff to the last swallow. Rose petals, cotton candy, chocolate-covered cherries—it’s a date in a bottle. As the wine rolls across the palate it seems to gain depth and detail, while keeping the exceptionally pretty fruit flavors front and center. Silky and lightly spicy, with cinnamon, toast, mocha and tobacco highlights." - Paul Gregutt
Wine Spectator- 91 points
Ponzi Vineyards - 2008 Pinot Noir Reserve, Willamette Valley
"Displays impressive density to the spicy, slightly tart, raspberry and tobacco flavors, which linger easily on the lively, focused finish." - Harvey Steiman
February 28, 2011
The Wine Advocate- 91 points
“The 2008 Pinot Noir Reserve is 100% Chehalem Mountain fruit. Aromas of white pepper, Asian spices, incense, black cherry, and black raspberry lead to a structured effort with loads of savory fruit crammed into its medium-bodied frame. With excellent volume and well-balanced by lively acidity.” - Jay Miller
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar- 92(+) points
"Vivid ruby. Pungent, expressive scents of black raspberry, cherry pit, cola and violet, with a sexy spicecake quality gaining power with serration. Juicy, palate-staining red and dark berry flavors show real depth but come across as graceful, with very good mineral snap and lift. Fine-grained tannins add shape to the finish, which echoes the cherry and cola notes and lingers impressively. This very young wine has the concentration and balance to reward at least five or six years of cellaring." - Joshua Raynolds