Wine Review Online’s Top Ten Great Wine Destinations

Posted Wed, August 01, 2012 in All Posts

Sidetracks to Great Wine: Ten Top Destinations
By Michael Franz
Feb 14, 2012

Willamette Valley from Portland: Many wine professionals believe that the world's finest most complex reds are made from the Pinot Noir grape, and many maintain that America's best renditions of Pinot come from Oregon's Willamette Valley. Though much larger than the Napa Valley (which can be driven from end to end in well under an hour), the Willamette Valley begins just outside of the Portland city limits.

An initial tasting at Ponzi Vineyards will immediately confirm that your journey was a good idea, and...

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...