Business Insider featured Ponzi Vineyards’ Social Sip package in an article about the best virtual wine country experiences. Booking for virtual groups ranging from four to 13 people, this is a great option for wine lovers that already know their way around the Wine 101 basics. The writer explains, “While everyone will have different wines to enjoy and discuss, there’s no official class with an expert to go over each wine, so this option is best for those who already have a deeper wine knowledge, or who are just looking to casually drink and connect with friends over shared drinks.”
The story also features a special Chateau Montelena virtual event hosted by CEO Bo Barrett, which will focus on the delicious pairing between Montelena’s 2016 Chardonnay and freshly prepared lobster. Read more about it HERE
Napa Valley, California
A true icon. The Napa Valley Chardonnay is the wine that put Chateau Montelena and Napa Valley at the forefront of the wine world in 1976, in what is now memorialized as “The Judgment of Paris.” To great disbelief, the Chateau Montelena Napa Valley Chardonnay was the top-ranking wine against four white Burgundies and five other California Chardonnays. And as they say, the rest is history.
Chehalem Mountain AVA, Willamette Valley, Oregon
Dick and Nancy Ponzi helped put Oregon on the wine map, 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 with the family of Champagne Bollinger, which acquired the estate in 2021.
Calistoga, Napa Valley, California
In 1976 Chateau Montelena put California at the forefront of the wine world. That year a who's-who of the French wine establishment gathered in Paris for a blind tasting of French and American wines. When the scores were tallied, the top-ranking white wine was Chateau Montelena's 1973 Chardonnay. Montelena today continues to be a quality benchmark in Napa Valley, producing some of the finest Cabernet and Chardonnay in California.