AS ONE OF the founding families of Willamette Valley wine production, Dick and Nancy Ponzi—or at least their pinot noirs—are well known to Portlanders. What is not as well known is that they planted 50 acres of white wine grapes back in the early 1990s, including arneis and pinot gris. Now that the vines have matured, head winemaker Luisa Ponzi, 40 (the couple’s daughter), is taking full advantage. As a result, her 2007 whites and rosés are, without question, the best that have come out of the valley this year.—Condé Cox

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