Imbibe Touts Hwy 99W stretch as a worthy side trip
Follow the 5, An Imbiber's road trip through the Pacific Northwest
"Side Trip -- Willamette Valley Wine Country"
"Nestled between the Coast and Cascade ranges less than an hour southwest of Portland, the Willamette Valley wine appelation stretches 5,000 square miles and encompasses six AVAs, making it the state's largest wine-growing region. With a cool maritime climate and rich clay and volcanic soils, this is prime Pinot Noir country, though it's also proving to be a happy home for other varietals.
"A short drive from downtown Portland takes you to lush farm fields and rolling vineyards. Driving south along Highway 99W through Newberg, Dundee and McMinnville, you can tasting-room hop along the main drag (stopping at Hawkins Cellars, the Ponzi Wine Bar, and Argyle Winery) or, for a day-long adventure, meander toward the towns of Yamhill and Carlton, where winding back roads lead to estates whose wines are matched only by the views."
PDX in Scholls Dinners Kick Off
Saturday evening, we were joined by the exquisite chefs from Portland's Bamboo Sushi, for an incredible dinner featuring the latest releases from 2013. The 2013 Ponzi Pinot Gris and the 2013 Ponzi Pinot Noir Rosé shined alongside sensational dishes like Konbu Cured Branzino with finger lime, black tobiko and coconut infused kaffir oil. The menu was a treat for the tastebuds as well as the eyes. Bamboo Sushi has a real knack for crafting dishes that delight with flavor and color and this menu was nothing short of spectacular.
The next dinner in the series features Portland celebrity chef, Gregory Gourdet of Departure. This will be a dining event that you won't want to miss. Tickets are on sale now. Reserve your seats >>
Ponzi one of the wineries to look out for in 2014
Article by Mike Steinberger, Ponzi mentioned in the ‘What to look for’ section:
Oregon: The Willamette Valley of Oregon was considered the epicenter of American pinot noir until the hit 2004 film “Sideways” shifted the spotlight to California’s Central Coast. But thanks to a series of stellar vintages in the Willamette Valley, plus the recent acquisition of a vineyard there by Maison Louis Jadot, the acclaimed Burgundy négociant, attention is shifting back to Oregon. The relatively cool climate is ideal for turning out supple, earthy pinots – the kind that resonate with Burgundy fans like me.
What To Look For: Wines from Cristom Vineyards, Domaine Drouhin, St. Innocent Winery, Ponzi Vineyards and Soter Vineyards.
My Pick:2011 Cristom Jessie Vineyard Pinot Noir, $50.
When To Drink It: Go ahead and drink it now if you like, but this bottle has enough structure to age well for a decade, if not more.
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Top Portland Chefs Come to Ponzi
Ponzi Vineyards partners with prominent chefs from some of Portland’s most recognized restaurants, bringing Northwest food and wine together at their new hilltop tasting room in the North Willamette Valley.
The dinner series features talents from Bamboo Sushi, Departure and Andina with multi-course dinners, paired with new releases and limited production Ponzi wines in March, April and June.
The series kicks off with a four-course dinner with Bamboo Sushi, the world’s first certified sustainable sushi restaurant, on Saturday, March 1st. The menu features a variety of colorful dishes, including Kanpachi Tartare paired with 2013 Ponzi Pinot Gris and smoked Tasmanian Ocean Trout with 2011 Ponzi Pinot Noir.
Tickets are on sale now at ponziwines.com for the April 26th dinner with Departure and the June 21st dinner with Andina.
Just 40 minutes from downtown Portland, the Ponzi Vineyards Winery in Sherwood is a breathtaking Chehalem Mountains destination. The 40 acre property is home to a state-of-the-art winemaking facility and 25 acres of vines. The property opened to the public, debuting a modern tasting room in summer 2013.
For more information and tickets, visit ponziwines.com.
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