Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Edgefield History Pub

Oregon’s Wine & Beer Pioneers: A conversation with Dick & Nancy Ponzi, founders of Ponzi Vineyards (1970) and BridgePort Brewing (1984)

Edgefield History Pub

Edgefield - Blackberry Hall

5 p.m. doors, 6:30 p.m event

Free

All ages welcome

Presented by: the Troutdale Historical Society and McMenamins History

About Oregon’s Wine & Beer Pioneers: A conversation with Dick & Nancy Ponzi, founders of Ponzi Vineyards (1970) and BridgePort Brewing (1984)

Oregon’s Wine & Beer Pioneers: A conversation with Dick & Nancy Ponzi, founders of Ponzi Vineyards (1970) and BridgePort Brewing (1984)

Celebrated Oregon wine pioneers, Dick & Nancy Ponzi established their now world-renowned Ponzi Winery back in 1970, helping in the process to prove what's now a given: the Willamette Valley is indeed a perfect place for making Pinot Noir and other wines. They made the move north from the Bay Area, inspired by some celery wine and the desire for a better, back-to-the-land lifestyle for their growing family.

Then in 1984, the Ponzis launched BridgePort Brewing, the state's first craft brewery. In their eyes, it was a natural extension of winemaking, and from its inception, BridgePort was hailed for its innovation and quality beers.

Join us for a lively conversation with Dick and Nancy about such early-day adventures as when they (and their young children) were the primary labor force of the winery; and the historic debut of their brewery amidst abandoned buildings and active rail yards-- today's Pearl District in Northwest Portland. For both ventures, Dick was designing and building much of the needed machinery.

Throughout their near half-century in Oregon, the Ponzis point to the genuine feeling of community among winemakers and brewers here. This cooperative spirit fostered much success and a lot of fun over the years! Other regions and states haven't been so lucky.

About Edgefield History Pub

Edgefield History Pub

These monthly, free events are open to everyone interested in Oregon and Pacific Northwest history. Co-sponsored by like-minded historical and civic organizations, we bring you experts, scholars, first-person experiencers and historians who expound on topics from Lewis and Clark to shipwrecks, hop growing to women pioneers and far, far beyond. It's like being back in the classroom - except this time you get to settle into comfortable seats and enjoy a drink or two with dinner while you listen and learn.

This event is eligible for a History Pub Stamp