Willamette Valley Wine Dinner, 3/6

Wednesday, March 06 2013 6:45pm Doors / 7:00pm Start / Ends 9:00pm


General Admission
Wed Mar 06 2013

Willamette Valley Wine Dinner, 3/6

at City Winery Chicago



General Admission


  • Willamette Valley Wine Dinner


City Winery hosts an array of historic, dynamic Willamette Valley wineries!  Join Domaine Drouhin Oregon, Ponzi Vineyards, and Lange Estate Winery for a delightful evening of Willamette Valley Pinot Noir with an amazing cast of characters.  Each winery will showcase their story, the vineyards and the land through the wines.  Chef has created an inspired pairing menu to highlight the amazing wines. An evening to enjoy!  And a preview of what Pinot in the Windy City has to offer.


Pinot in the Windy City PRIZE GIVEAWAY:

Two round trip tickets courtesy of American Airlines

Three nights lodging for two at Oregon Wine Country’s Premier Luxury Hotel, the Allison Inn & Spa featuring spacious deluxe accommodation (king bed, fireplace, spa-inspired bathroom, vineyard or valley view)

 A $200 credit for the treatments of your choice in the beautiful Allison Spa 

 A $100 credit to The Allison Inn’s signature restaurant JORY 

 A Candlelight & Roses luxury bath with complimentary Champagne 

 Use of a Lexus test drive vehicle throughout your stay

 Two private tasting appointments at the winery of your choice, arranged by the Willamette Valley Wineries Association


The Wineries:

Domaine Drouhin Oregon - with David Millman, Managing Director.

David Millman joined DDO as Managing Director in 2004, after a 20-year career in the music business. He worked for record companies and then founded his own PR & Marketing firm, specializing in wineries (including DDO) and musicians.  In recent years, he has served on the Boards of the International Pinot Noir Celebrations and Oregon Pinot Camp, in addition to his work with various other organizations.  

The Domaine Drouhin wines have received world-wide acclaim from the press and the wine lovers year after year. The Pinot noir bottlings are frequently awarded "Outstanding" scores from the Wine Spectator and Wine Advocate critics, and the Chardonnay was recently named "Best New World White Wine" by the UK's influential Decanter magazine. 


Lange Estate Winery - with Jesse Lange, winemaker. 

Twenty-five years ago, Don and Wendy Lange founded their winery in the Dundee Hills of Oregon’s northern Willamette Valley. The year 1987 marked the Langes’ first vintage and consisted of the three varietals they embrace today: Pinot Noir, Pinot Gris, and Chardonnay.

Jesse Lange, Don’s son, joined the winemaking team in 2004, continuing the legacy of Lange Estate. Jesse also holds the title of General Manager and serves on several industry boards including: President of Oregon Pinot Camp, former President of the Dundee Hills Winegrowers Association, and the Willamette Valley Wineries Association. Currently, the father/son duo bottles six different Pinot Noirs, focusing on terroir through small lot, artisinal wine-making philosophies. Lange Estate sets the standard for truly hand-crafted wines.

Ponzi Vineyards - with Luisa Ponzi, winemaker.

Thriving under second generation ownership and operation for more than two decades, Ponzi Vineyards is internationally acclaimed for producing some of the world's finest cool climate varieties, including classic examples of Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and Pinot Gris.

One of America’s first women to be formally educated in Burgundy, Winemaker Luisa Ponzi carefully blends formal training with her lifelong experience working alongside father, Dick Ponzi, to crafting wines of distinction and character.

Luisa continues to educate herself through contacts with winemakers around the world, frequent winery tastings and winemaking conferences. She currently sits on several advisory and wine organization boards. Luisa has been honored with awards and accolades, all contributing to Ponzi’s heightened stature in the national arena. She, her husband, fellow winemaker Eric Hamacher, and their four children reside atop Chehalem Mountain with commanding views of the glorious valley.

For more than forty years, Ponzi Vineyards has set the standard for Pinot Noir winemaking with its innovation in gravity flow and gentle handling techniques. Dick and Nancy Ponzi founded Ponzi Vineyards in 1970 with a spirit of adventure and a desire to make world class wines that reflect the pristine land of Oregon’s lush Willamette Valley.


The Menu: 

Reception - COD.

Quenelle of Brandade on Crouton, Mâche, Lemon Zest.

i. Argyle Winery Sparkling Wine


Willamette Valley White Flight Study in PORK.

Rillette, Spicy Orange Marmalade, Petit Salad.

I. Lange Estate Winery Pinot Gris 2011, Dundee Hills


Tempura Duroc Bacon, Shaved Cauliflower, Spiced Citrus Ponzu.

II. Ponzi Vineyards Pinot Blanc 2011


Roasted Tenderloin, Warm Poached Pear with Cinnamon, Hazelnut.

III. Domaine Drouhin Oregon “Arthur” Chardonnay 2011



Willamette Valley Pinot Noir Flight - Study in SQUAB.

Squad Consommé, Mushroom Terrie, Squab Cracklings.

IV. Lange Estate Winery 'Freedom Hill' Pinot Noir 2010


Leg Confit, Roasted Potato and Arugula Salad, Ouzo·Maple Vinaigrette.

V. Ponzi Vineyards 'Reserve' Pinot Noir 2009


Roasted Breast, Butternut Squash Pure, Savory French Toast, Maple·Pomegranate Gastrique.

VI. Domaine Drouhin Oregon 'Laurene' Pinot Noir 2009




Crushed Hazelnut·Caramel Brownie.

Artisan Dark Chocolate Truffle.