MV Pinot Noir Reviewd by WSJ

Posted Mon, July 30, 2012 in All Posts

2010 MV Pinot Noir from Ponzi Vineyards ($17) named after Mr. Vongerichten's wife Marja. It's a bright, juicy Oregon Pinot, well-balanced if light—but a great match with the crab cake and snap peas and unaccountably perfect with the foie gras and strawberry brule, which may have been the best bar food I've ever tasted in my life. 


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Wines Northwest Reviews New Release Riesling

Posted Mon, July 30, 2012 in All Posts


Ponzi Vineyards 
2010 Riesling
Willamette Valley

Just behind the Riesling above, but way ahead of the crowd, Ponzi Riesling shows the complexity that winemaker Luisa Ponzi brings out from each vintage.  Look for aromas of honeydew melon and pear with notes of spice and floral perfume.  The palate offers delicate flavors of melon, pear and citrus with a finish of flinty mineral and orchard blossom. 

Pruning at Ponzi’s Aurora Vineyard

Posted Fri, July 27, 2012 in All Posts

By Nancy Ponzi

Leaf pulling- The purpose of leaf pulling in the summer months is to allow the free flow of air to prevent any mildew and give the clusters a kiss of summer sun. This of course requires intense hand work!

Today a large crew is at Aurora, hand pulling the 60+ acres to ensure even, full ripening as the season progresses. I find the workers by following the spirited conversations, laughter and companionable joking across the vineyard rows.

International Wine Cellar Reviews Rosés

Posted Wed, July 25, 2012 in All Posts

By Josh Raynolds
2011 Ponzi Vineyards Pinot Noir Rosé Willamette Valley
88 points

($15) Light, bright orange. Discreet aromas of strawberry, orange zest and white flowers, with slow-building spiciness. Dry and focused on the palate, with lively red fruit flavors and a slightly bitter citrus element. Finishes with good clarity and cut, leaving a floral note behind.


The Best New Roses: 2012
By Josh Raynolds

Americans seem to have finally become comfortable with the fact that rose wines aren't just for summer drinking. They also seem to be realizing that a great rose--and there...


Posted Mon, July 23, 2012 in All Posts

July 21, 2012 · by grapefriend · in drink me. ·

Look at this gorgeous rosé rainbow
I know I already did a post on great American rosés, but I’m giving a whole separate post to ones from the Willamette Valley for a few reasons:

1) Willamette is one of my favorite wine regions in the US – it makes AMAZING Pinot Noir and Pinot Gris, and you should be drinking a lot more of both. Most of the rosés are made from Pinot Noir, but the color runs the gamut as you can see from the lovely pic above.

2) The wineries sent wines in full force, and my doorman hated me as...