Drink of the Week: Ponzi 2014 Arneis

Ponzi 2014 Arneis
Oregon’s Ponzi Vineyards is one of relatively few producers in the U.S. to make a true Arneis—originally a guard dog varietal planted in Italy to keep birds away from more prized Nebbiolo vines. In 1991, the Ponzis brought home cuttings from the varietal’s native northern Italy and planted them on their Willamette Valley estate. The 2014 bottling offers up floral aromatics, clean minerality and slight earthiness on the palate. While enjoyable on its own, it’s best with food, especially seafood, like grilled tuna or oysters. Bonus: Thanks to a bountiful harvest that year, Ponzi produced a bit more than usual (a total of 600 cases), meaning it’s relatively easy to find. $32, ponziwines.com