Sherwood, Ore. (March 27, 2018) — Ponzi Vineyards announces the hire of Chef David Sapp as Culinary Director. Sapp most recently served as Chef de Cuisine at Park Kitchen in Portland, Oregon. He will be overseeing the culinary program at Ponzi Vineyards, a founding Oregon winery deeply rooted in the Willamette Valley and its cuisine.
“Nothing pairs better with wine produced in the Willamette Valley than the crops and animals raised in the same region,” Sapp stated. This philosophy of terroir will be the foundation of the experience he plans to provide at Ponzi Vineyards.
Born in Atlanta, Georgia, Sapp grew up in his grandfather’s kitchen, absorbing cooking skills along with a love for Southern cuisine. In 2008, he moved to Portland, Oregon, and enrolled in the Western Culinary Institute. He went on to intern under Dolan Lane and Kyo Koo of Clarklewis, work as a chef instructor at Sur la Table and curate the breakfast room at Ace Hotel before joining the Park Kitchen team in 2013. The following year he assumed the role of Chef de Cuisine, combining a tradition of
careful attention to the flavors of the Pacific Northwest with the warmth and hospitality of his Southern roots.
“We’re thrilled to be working with a chef of this caliber,” comments Anna Maria Ponzi, President and Director of Sales and Marketing at Ponzi Vineyards. “Being able to offer the vibrancy of the Portland food scene in the beautiful setting of our vineyard property is exciting. Collaborating with Chef Sapp will enable us to create local and exclusive culinary experiences for our guests. He also shares our company values of sustainability, hospitality and innovative quality. It’s a great fit!”
About Ponzi Vineyards
Ponzi Vineyards was founded in 1970 by Dick and Nancy Ponzi, who realized the Willamette Valley met every need of noble, cool-climate grape varieties. Ponzi Vineyards was recognized early on as a premier producer of Pinot noir and was instrumental in putting Oregon on the map as a world-class wine region. The second-generation Ponzi Sisters maintain this winemaking tradition of excellence, innovation and commitment to sustainability. The Ponzi Family also pioneered the state’s first craft brewery, a regional wine tasting room and regional restaurant in Dundee. Ponzi Vineyards wines are represented nationally by VINTUS LLC.