98 point Monte Bello? Check! Wood-Fired Pizza? Check! Live Jazz? Check! When? This Weekend!

This is going to be a GREAT weekend; a weekend of celebrations, introductions, and reunions:

Celebrating 50 years of Ridge Vineyards!

Introducing the New Fall Releases!

Welcoming back Pizza Politana & Real Time!

That’s right, 50 harvests for Ridge Vineyards. Can you believe it?

That’s right, new Fall Releases! Can you believe it? Dig this!

2009 Monte Bello (just received 98 points in the new issue of Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate!)

2010 Ponzo Zinfandel

2010 Pagani Ranch Zinfandel

2010 Lytton Springs Zinfandel (93+ points in the new Advocate!)

That’s right, the return of Pizza Politana and Real Time! Can you believe it?

You may remember Pizza Politana from a certain Fall Release Event last year (click here for more!) that happened to to be one of the greatest food & wine events in the history of food & wine. And you may remember Real Time from a certain April 2011 First Assemblage event (click here and here for more!) that happened to be one of the greatest wine, food, & music events in the history of wine, food & music.

Lofty claims, I know, but I’m telling you, these wines, these pizzas, this jazz; it’s gonna be digalatedly diggable decadence of the most delightfullated degree!

First off, the wines. As but one sample, dig this review from Antonio Galloni in the new issue of Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate:

2009 Ridge Vineyards Monte Bello, 98 points
The 2009 Monte Bello ,72% Cabernet Sauvignon, 22% Merlot and 6% Petit Verdot is simply magnificent. Layers of dark red fruit, flowers, spices and graphite are all woven together in this utterly impeccable wine. The 2009 is an especially huge, intense Monte Bello, yet a sexy, silky core of fruit lies within its imposing frame. Everything comes together in this glorious, radiant wine. Last year the 2009 had some pretty stiff competition from the 2010, but today it is simply firing on all cylinders. Eric Baugher describes 2009 as a year with cold weather early on, followed by heat in early June and July. The fruit was brought in on October 12, just before an intense downpour swept through the region. There is a purity and silkiness supported by structure in the 2009 that is impossible not to admire. Simply put, this is another utterly magnificent, towering masterpiece from Ridge.

(To read all the new reviews, please click here.)

Next, the pizza. Here is what the very great Pizza Politana will be serving:

Our suggested pairings? Dig this!

2010 PONZO ZINFANDEL
(suggested pizza pairing: Housemade Pork Sausage, Broccoli Rabe, Mozzarella, Fresh Tomato Sauce)
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2010 PAGANI RANCH ZINFANDEL
(suggested pizza pairing: Smithfield Ham, Fromage Blanc, Arugula & Nectarine)
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2009 MONTE BELLO
(suggested pizza pairing: Fennel Salami, Mushroom,
Smoked Mozzarella & Parmesan)

Next, the band.

If you know me at all, you know I’m a tad opinionated when it comes to music, and particularly, to jazz. Suffice to say, I dig Real Time.

And that, folks, is this weekend’s event. For more, and to purchase tickets (Saturday is already sold out, but there are a few spots still open for Sunday!), please click here.



Categories: Cabernet Sauvignon, Events & Photographs, Food & Wine Pairing, History, Lytton Springs, Monte Bello, Paul Draper, Press Reviews, Social Media, Special Offerings, Tasting Flights, Varietals & Blends, Viticultural Salmagundi, Wine & Food Pairing, Wine & Music, Wine and Jazz, Wine Quotes, Zinfandel

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