01 Second Generation Ponzi Winemaker Celebrates Women With “Girls’ Night Out” Dinner Series – Luisa Ponzi
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 the Ponzi Vineyards’ house style.
02 Wine-Savvy Women Learn About Ponzi Wines and Women’s Experiences in the Wine Industry – Maria Ponzi
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, and 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.
03 Three Crows Production Presents: “American Wine Story”- a Documentary – David Baker
After an upstart winemaker’s untimely death, his sister steps in to try to save his fledging winery for his eight-year-old son. American Wine Story blends this with other tales of risk and reinvention for those who are born again into the wine industry. Filmed in California, Oregon, Arizona, Washington, Virginia, Missouri, and Kansas, featuring dramatic vineyard and aerial cinematography, the film is a visual feast for wine aficionados or anyone who’s been tempted to travel the road less taken. David Baker is Director / Producer of “American Wine Story,” a production of Three Crows Production, Corvallis, Oregon.
04 American Wine Story – Tales of Risk & Reinvention in the American Wine Industry – Jay Selman
According to Grape Radio Producer/Host Jay Selman, it’s all about destiny. David Baker, Director / Producer of American Wine Story, takes a slightly different take. He looks at “wine as a midlife crisis” where individuals “come from another walk of life and then decide that they want to get into winemaking somehow or into the wine business.” That pretty much sums up the theme of “American Wine Story.” Baker realized, “After hundreds of visits to wineries… I was starting to understand that people who live by the seasons are amazing storytellers.” For documentary participant Jay Selman, it’s no different; “behind every bottle, there is a story!”Second Generation Ponzi Winemaker Celebrates Women With “Girls’ Night Out” Dinner Series