Charity of the Month: LIVE
Our June Charity of the Month is LIVE. Since 1999, LIVE has independently certified the sustainable practices of winegrowers in the Pacific Northwest, using the latest in university research and internationally accredited standards. They provide regional education to preserve the human and natural resources of the wine industry.
Every Day is Earth Day at Ponzi
One of the incredible things about wines made in Oregon, is that so many of the producers are commitment to responsible stewardship of the land. At Ponzi Vineyards, we have farmed sustainably since our founding in 1970. In 1999, a certifying agency called LIVE (Low Input Viticulture & Enology) emerged. LIVE independently certifies the sustainable practices of winegrowers in the Pacific Northwest, using the latest in university research and internationally accredited standards. They also provide regional education to preserve the human and natural resources of the wine industry. In 2000,...
2014 Ponzi Top Tier Wines & TCA-free I-Cork
Legendary Oregon Pinot noir producer Ponzi Vineyards announces all of their 2014 single vineyard and reserve wines will use the I-Cork from Rich Xiberta. The cork manufacturer guarantees every cork to be free of traceable TCA and other compounds that can cause off flavors in the wines. The 2014 Ponzi Abetina Pinot Noir and 2014 Ponzi Avellana Pinot Noir are the first to release from the winery to the national market with this technology. The wines, nationally distributed by VINTUS, LLC., will be available in most markets this month.
A Proposed Laurelwood AVA
The Laurelwood AVA is a proposed sub-AVA of the Chehalem Mountain AVA. It would comprise the entire North slope of the Chehalem Mountains and be made up of primarily Laurelwood soil. This basalt layer is ideal for the cultivation of Pinot noir and contributes a signature richness and depth to the wines. The Ponzi family has noted this effect over the 40 years they have been working with the soil.
The method of planting Clonal Massale is taking a mix of known Pinot noir clones, hand-selected for a specific site and planting the cuttings at random in a single block. This technique "smooths the edges of vintage variation and adds complexity in the vineyard," according to Winemaker Luisa Ponzi.