So, now that I’ve FINALLY stopped laughing, I can compose myself enough to tell you a very funny tale: Our warehouse staff has been doing a little housecleaning this month, going through old boxes of old records and whatnot, and… Read More ›
All things Monte Bello.
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 ›
Let me just give you a little context for this particular Monte Bello tasting. In 1977, women dressed like this: Men dressed like this: We listened to this: or this: This man was president: And this man: who would go… Read More ›
The Ridge Vineyards Monte Bello inspires a lot of things, and per some research I did online today, one thing it certainly seems to inspire is inspired food pairings! Take a look at just a few of the items I came up with:… Read More ›
I received the most wonderful gift very recently, and with the permission of my kindly benefactor, I’d like to tell you about it; I received a package in the mail, which I was not expecting, from an address I didn’t recognize…. Read More ›
I had a brief but very interesting opportunity to taste the 2002 Monte Bello yesterday, which I’d been gleefully anticipating for some time. As can be seen on the label image below … …Paul Draper had estimated, back in ’04,… 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.