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Girls’ Night Out Dinner Series

Second generation vintner sisters celebrate women with innovative dinner series.

Sherwood, Oregon (April 1, 2014)– One of Oregon’s founding wineries, Ponzi Vineyards, highlights strong female figures in wine and food with the “Girls’ Night Out” dinner series. With these dinners, the winery, owned and operated by second-generation vintners and sisters, Luisa and Maria Ponzi, spotlights bold women making waves in the industries traditionally dominated by men.

The winemaker dinners, which kicked off in Boulder, Colorado in February, feature restaurants in top markets around the country throughout 2014 and into early 2015. Many dinners feature a female chef or wine director. The events are marketed toward women, though all wine lovers are invited and encouraged to attend.

One recent dinner, held at Las Vegas’ Piero’s Italian Cuisine, invited guests to spend an evening with winemaker Luisa Ponzi and sommelier Pat Rost. The event featured a four-course menu with wine pairings. The dinners offered guests an opportunity to engage with the wine-savvy women and not only learn about the wines, but about the women’s experiences in the industry.

Winemaker Luisa Ponzi celebrated her 20th vintage with the 2013 harvest last fall. Formally trained in Burgundy, she was the first American woman to complete her degree in viticulture and enology in Beaune, France. There, Luisa refined her palate for Chardonnay and Pinot Noir by tasting in some of the oldest and most respected cellars in the world. She was mentored by and worked with Christophe Roumier of Domaine Georges Roumier in Chambolle Musigny.

Luisa has received critical acclaim for her benchmark Pinot Noirs and Chardonnays. By matching thoughtfully farmed fruit with corresponding barrel selections and innovative practices in the cellar, she works with a palette of wine lots to showcase the vintage and stay true to Ponzi Vineyards’ house style.

Maria Ponzi grew up working alongside her parents, winery founders Dick and Nancy Ponzi, as they helped set the foundation for Oregon’s wine industry. Maria tended the vines, worked in the cellar and on the bottling line, assisted in the tasting room and with marketing efforts. After receiving her degree in Journalism from the University of Oregon, Maria moved to Boston where she worked in publishing for three years. She returned to Portland to work as the marketing director for the then family-owned BridgePort Brewing Company and the family winery. As the director of sales and marketing and president at Ponzi Vineyards, Maria oversees three tasting room locations, national sales and exports.

Ponzi Vineyards continues to pave the way for New World producers, setting the bar for quality, innovation and stewardship of the land. Thriving under the leadership of the second generation for more than 20 years, sisters Luisa and Maria Ponzi have brought the family business into the 21st century, with an array of achievements, including critical acclaim for the wines, construction of a state-of-the-art, four-level, gravity-flow winery and most recently, a modern new tasting room, establishing the winery as an Oregon wine country destination. For more information about the winery and the “Girls’ Night Out” dinners visit ponziwines.com.

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Contact: Laurel Dent, 503.628.1227 or laurel@ponziwines.com

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The 2013 Ponzi Arneis is described by Winemaker Luisa Ponzi as showing "notes of peach, almond extract and chamomile tea. The mouth is bright with a suppleness to the texture, accompanied by flavors of marzipan, Bosc pear and tangerine zest." Look for its release in April! Shop online now

Love from our customers

Love from our customers

Here are just a few of the wonderful comments we have received recently! We are so thankful to have such loving customers.

 “I enjoy both the winery and Historic Estate.  The Historic Estate for location and the winery for the spectacular tasting room!” -Natascha Ruckmann-Barnes, Tigard, Oregon

“Absolutely fabulous experience!!! Friendly, funny, and had a great enjoyable time!” -Elizabeth, Beaverton, Oregon

“We think the Historic Estate is special and hope it stays open.  We like that there is more than one face of Ponzi!”  -Thomas Larsen and Kristi Rux , Oregon

“We love Ponzi…the people are so wonderful and knowledgeable. Best wine in Newberg!” -Jeanie Lindberg and Tom Rinke, Newberg, Oregon

“Caroline was a great host! We enjoyed tasting, eating the small plates, and relaxing with a bottle of Pinot Noir in front of the fire. Wonderful!” -Judy and Craig Henderson, Lake Oswego, Oregon 

“Elisa was fantastic, extremely informative and well versed…a pleasure to spend time with!” -Jessie Braun, Beaverton, Oregon

“Very nice atmosphere. Caroline is a great hostess and the tasting room is beautiful!” -Scott Henderson, Oregon

“We enjoy the staff and private Estate experience.  Beautiful property and love the bocce ball game!” -Darrin and Susan Hanke, Tualatin, Oregon

“We love all 3 locations for different reasons.  Historic Estate:  close to town; Winery is beautiful!  Love the bocce ball and view at new winery….it’s amazing!” -Katherine and Christopher Barks, Beaverton, Oregon

“We always enjoy coming to the tasting room. The servers and staff are always curtious and a pleasure to talk to. We love that we can bring our children too!” -Sallie Green, Hillsboro, Oregon

“Caitryn was a great host. I was toured around the new facility & left very impressed with Ponzi. She squashed my view of ‘Big Corp. Winery’ to family owned & operated!” -Robin Sikkens, Dundee, Oregon

“Lovely wines and professional & knowledgeable service from Elissa. Learned a lot about Ponzi wines!” -Candace Clark, Beaverton, Oregon

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