On May 2, Legal Harborside will host a four-plus-course dinner with Ponzi Vineyards and its owner-president, Maria Ponzi. Dick and Nancy Ponzi moved their young family to the Willamette Valley in the late 1960s with a spirit of adventure and a passion for making world class Pinot noir. After many research trips to Burgundy and an extensive search for the ideal location, they purchased 20 acres on a small farm just southwest of Portland, Oregon. It was a daring risk — at the time, the Pacific Northwest was not thought to be a place to grow Pinot noir, but Dick and Nancy realized the Northern Willamette Valley's climate was ideal for cool climate varieties. Pinot noir cuttings were planted, and in 1970 Ponzi Vineyards was founded. The methods, philosophies and winemaking passion established nearly 50 years ago are still practiced today under the family's second generation.
The menu will be presented as follows on Legal Harborside’s scenic second level overlooking the Boston Harbor: