Bloomberg wine columnist Elin McCoy explains that while many Pinot Grigios lack complexity and can be described as dull, consumers can still find terrific options to enjoy, including Ponzi Vineyards 2017 Pinot Gris. In the story, “Wine Made Easy: Nine Pinot Grigios Actually Worth Drinking,” she elaborates by telling readers to “forget all those tired clichés and have a rethink about why the grape had such mass appeal in the first place. Delicious, food-friendly examples can be had for $25 and less, and they’re not hard to find.” The story offers history on the grape and its rise in popularity, then features recommendations from Italy, Oregon, New Zealand and France. Ponzi is one of only two Oregon wineries selected and Elin says of the 2017 Pinot Gris that “this crisp white from an Oregon pioneer in the Willamette Valley consistently overperforms for the price. Its style is midway between Alsace and Italy, with juicy, refreshing pear, citrus, and mineral flavors that slip down easy and the hints of fennel and attractive slight bitterness you find in examples from Alsace.” Read the whole story here.
Ponzi Vineyards Pinot Gris
One of the original and most recognized Oregon and U.S. Pinot Gris producers, Ponzi was a major influence in establishing Pinot Gris as the first quality white grape variety in Oregon. Ponzi’s Pinot Gris is an irresistably aromatic and expressive wine, and serves as a first encounter for many wine drinkers with Oregon wines and the Ponzi estate.
Chehalem Mountain AVA, Willamette Valley, Oregon
Dick and Nancy Ponzi helped put Oregon on the map in the United States and the world, and the Ponzi family has worked continuously for over 50 years leading and innovating in the region and, in the case of Pinot Noir, across the country and indeed the world. Today winemaker Luisa Ponzi continues her work of the last 30 years with the family of Champagne Bollinger, which acquired Ponzi Vineyards in 2021.