To know Arneis is to love it. The problem is that too few people know about this delicious white wine from Piedmont in northern Italy. Arneis is rarely grown outside of Piedmont, so I was absolutely thrilled to learn that Ponzi Vineyards produces Arneis at their estate in Oregon's Northern Willamette Valley. Who knew? Arneis thrives in the cool-climate of Ponzi's Aurora vineyard atop a slope of the Chehalem Mountains and produces a juicy and robust wine with vibrant flavors of melon, pear, and a hint of tropical fruit. This beauty has a lingering finish with a touch of minerality. Shake things up and take a detour from Pinot Grigio with Ponzi Arneis 2015 ($32) - it is an elegant and satisfying sip that is far from boring. Cheers!
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