This is an open invitation to all who write wine blogs, and/or food blogs (or any other blog, really, providing you can essay me into believing that your presence makes sense! For example, if you happen to write a blog about Be-Bop, and are prone to deploying a veritable bevy of wine metaphors in your jazz posts, you’re in!) …
I wish to invite you to a very special edition of our Wine Blogger Tasting series. This is our second-year for this unique tasting experience, and as with the debut season last year, we’ll be hosting the third of four tastings up at our Lytton Springs facility. As with all of these events, there will be a specific theme associated with the tasting, and again in keeping with last year’s happening, the Lytton Springs edition will be uniquely Lytton-centric.
The tasting will be held on Sunday, September 25, 1pm-3pm, at our Lytton Springs Estate, in Healdsburg.
The guest list is traditionally pretty tight for these tastings, and I always try to make sure there is a good balance between “regulars” and “newbies” at the table, so if you’ve never attended but want to, please let me know at your earliest convenience, and if you’ve attended before and would like to do so again, please do the same, as no seat is guaranteed!
To give a bit of background for those who may not have been aware of this tasting series, and to give you a feel for the sorts of things we do, here is a quick run-down on the history of this event:
March, 2010 — First Edition. The theme? We tasted every wine that Robert Parker had just reviewed for the Wine Advocate, including a 7-vintage vertical of Monte Bello. For a nice wrap-up of the tasting, please click the following to read The Iron Chevsky Wine Blog: http://www.chevsky.com/2010/03/ridge-tasting-iron-chevsky-vs-parker.html
July 2010 — #2. The theme? Strictly Rhone varietal releases from Ridge: Carignane, Petite Sirah, Grenache, etc. Current and library releases both. For a full wrap-up, plus tasting notes, please click here: http://blog.ridgewine.com/2010/07/12/wine-bloggers-tasting-edition-ii-the-notes/
September 2010 — #3, The Lytton Edition. The theme? A 10-vintage vertical of Lytton Springs (plus a trio of 375ml Monte Bello from the library!). For a great post on this tasting, please check out RJOnWine.com; the post in question can be found here: http://www.rjonwine.com/cabernet-sauvignon/ridge-lytton-springs/
December 2010 — The Final 2010 Edition. Theme? The Acrostic Anagram Sessions! To see what on earth this means, please click here: http://blog.ridgewine.com/2010/12/29/wine-bloggers-tasting-the-acrostic-anagram-sessions/
March 2011 — The first edition of the new year! The theme? A VerticalModelMembershipManifesto! What does this mean? It means I poured verticals of both library and current releases from each of our three membership portfolios. For an insightful (and visually beautiful!) summary of the tasting, please visit Kitchen Confidante here: http://kitchenconfidante.com/ridge-wine-bloggers-tasting-spring-2011. You can also see my wrap up on our blog here: http://blog.ridgewine.com/2011/03/31/the-first-wine-bloggers-tasting-of-2011-the-wrap-up/
June 2011 – #2. The theme? Our new library menu; meaning, we poured every vintage of Monte Bello that’s been confirmed as available on our new Library Menu (That’s an 11-vintage Monte Bello vertical!). For my wrap-up, please click here: http://blog.ridgewine.com/2011/06/21/wine-bloggers-tasting-2-6-17-11-the-aftermath/, and for an excellent wrap-up from NorCalWine, please click here: http://norcalwine.com/index.php/blog/10-wine-review/504-blind-tasting-11-vintages-of-ridge-monte-bello
And that, in a nutshell, is our Wine Bloggers Tasting. Would you like to attend? Then please let me know asap! You can do so by leaving a comment in response to this post,
or via our Facebook page (http://www.facebook.com/RidgeVineyards
or on Twitter http://twitter.com/#!/ridgevineyards
I look forward to hearing from you, and hopefully, to hosting you!
One additional item to note; if you’re not able to attend in person, we do always have a social media component to the tastings, so if you wish to participate virtually, just use #RidgeVineyards for Twitter, or post on our Facebook page, and then you can play along from home! Also, with each edition, we usually choose an absentee “guest blogger” to send some samples to, so do please let me know if that’s something you might be interested in!