This is how the artist Francisco Goya is often understood today, that he was both the last of the Old Masters, and the First of the Moderns.
Which reminds me very much of Ridge Vineyards, very much of Ridge’s ever-alive reconciliation of the old and the new, the high and the low, the serious and the playful, the craft and the mojo. And very much of Paul Draper’s vision of Ridge as a “pre-industrial” producer , whose traditionalism is in fact helping to lead the way to a new understanding of what wine, and wine production, can be.
So on this day, March 30th, let us celebrate Francisco Goya. Let us celebrate him on the anniversary of his birth in the year 1746, by enjoying one of his many masterworks, “The Wine Harvest” …
And let’s do so with a glass of Ridge. Shall we? Shall we celebrate that way?