One of the most fascinating and excellent things about my job here is the opportunity to field stories from people who share their experiences with our wines. It never fails to amaze me the part RIDGE wines have played in people’s… Read More ›
Events & Photographs
These are the moments I live for; at table with my beautiful wife and my wonderful parents, before an unimaginably fine spread of food, and a bottle of 1997 Monte Bello gently decanting. Truly magical, heart-warming, and soulful. Let’s begin with… Read More ›
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 ›
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.