Back in December – before sheltering in place and when corona referred to a type of crown or the glow around the sun – my wife and I spent a week up and down Oregon’s Willamette Valley. It was cool, with light rain and occasional heavy fog…and we loved it.

Prior to our trip I set up several interviews. You’ll meet Lynn, the dynamic former owner of Penner-Ash; Bryan and Laura Laing, the fun-loving owners of Hazelfern Cellars; and Luisa, from one of the oldest Oregon family wineries, Ponzi Vineyards. Each guest expressed their love for Willamette Valley and the wine they craft. As always, their stories are entertaining and distinctly different from one another.

Like many wineries I have promoted in Northern California, the Penner-Ash, Hazelfern and Ponzi Vineyards are offering specials to tempt wine lovers to connect virtually and keep your shelves and cellars full of quality wine. Here’s what they’re offering:

Penner-Ash:

Virtual Tastings – Experience Penner-Ash wines from the comfort of your home – virtually! By reservations, Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 11am-4pm. Please contact hospitality@pennerash.com or 503.554.5545 to schedule your experience!

Drive-up Service – Place your wine order a minimum of 24 hours in advance and schedule a direct-to-trunk pick up from the winery on Tuesdays and Saturdays between 11:00 and 3:00. Please contact cellarclub@pennerash.com or 707.292.4153.

Social Connection – We invite you to follow us on Instagram (@pennerashpinot) and join us on Facebook for the latest happenings and to help you stay connected.

Hazelfern Cellars:

Wine To-Go Curbside Pick-Up: We are at the winery from 11am – 4pm Wednesday-Sunday for curbside wine pick-ups. E-mail us, Message us on Instagram or Facebook, or call us at 503-928-1893 to schedule a pick-up or ask any questions.

Complimentary Local Delivery: Click Here to order wines for local delivery within 30 miles of Newberg, Oregon with a 3-bottle minimum purchase. Choose “Complimentary Local Delivery” at check-out.

MAKE SOCIAL DISTANCING GREAT! ENJOY THE HAZELFERN EXPERIENCE AT HOME:

Simple Pantry Recipes and Wine Pairings: We are posting simple and delicious “pantry recipes” on Instagram and Facebook. Follow along for easy-to-make recipes using simple ingredients that pair perfectly with our wines.

Tunes from the Wine Barn: Enjoy our “Hazelfern #Winelife” playlist on Spotify. A collection of our favorite wine drinking tunes… play them loud, friends!

Ponzi Vineyards:

Social SipA virtual tasting experience for friends, family and work colleagues.

Curbside Service – Gloved staff will deliver wine to your car, maintaining 6 feet social distancing at all times. Please contact the winery directly so your package will be ready. Shop for wines here

20% off all wine – plus $10 flat rate shipping on all orders. Promo code: Ponziathome.  Excludes single vineyard and library wines.

Local Wine Delivery – On Tuesdays and Thursdays. Available on 6+ bottles or more, within a 20 miles from winery. Orders must be received by 11am. $10 delivery fee applies.

 

This is a great opportunity for you to try Oregon wines. Now, click Play to hear their stories.

 

Willamette Valley

Penner-Ash, enveloped in fog

Willamette Valley

My wife Meredith in the cozy hospitality space at Penner-Ash

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The enterprising Lynn Penner-Ash

 

The fermentation and barrel room within the gravity flow production facility designed by Lynn Penner-Ash

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Willamette Valley

Inside the winery barn at Hazelfern Cellars

The fun-loving Bryan & Laura and daughters

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Willamette Valley

Sitting fireside with winemaker and family member, Luisa Ponzi

 

Ponzi Vineyards’ modern indoor tasting room

Ponzi’s gravity flow production facility, hospitality space and grounds