All of us here at RIDGE are very proud that our Monte Bello Vineyard has been awarded Vineyard of the Year by The California State Fair Commercial Wine Competition, which is recognized as North America’s oldest wine competition. Paul Draper and Eric… Read More ›
Events & Photographs
This past weeskend, I had the great pleasure of hosting a very interesting group, and presenting them with a very interesting tasting flight. The group in question was Friends of the Winemakers. Per their website, they are “a non-profit corporation… Read More ›
I had the great pleasure of spending Thursday evening at decarolis design & marketing in San Jose as “wine host” for a Wine & Jazz themed event, courtesy of an invitation from Vince DeCarolis, principal and founder of the company…. Read More ›
The Big Sleep -or- The 1977 Monte Bello Arises -or- Fly On The Wall To A Dispatch From The Wine Front
If the nose of the ’74 Silver Oak was tobacco, the nose of the ’77 Monte Bello was a Montecristo cigar straight from Fidel’s pocket. Although the fruit was undoubtedly showing some age, it presented beautifully with dark cassis and berry flavors, along with deep spice, leather, and a bit of oak. The dark flavors elicited a “Nectar of the Devil” summation of the wine. In the off chance you have any ’77 in the cellar, the wine is clearly ready to drink, although will probably remain solid for a few more years.
Ok, in the service of full disclosure, I’ll admit that I strongly considered titling this post “A Picnic Partaking Of Particularly Pleasing Petite Sirah, Breathtakingly Buoyant Barbera, and Captivatingly Contemporary Cabernet That Confounds One’s Considerations Of Chronology And The Calendar!” But… Read More ›
Received a wonderful set of photographs recently, from a pair of vertical tastings of RIDGE Geyserville and Lytton Springs that were hosted by Dave Burzynski of Champane’s Wine Cellar and International Marketplace, in Detroit, Michigan. I’ve posted a sample below, and may… Read More ›