In the early days of “4488: A Ridge Blog,” the idea never even crossed my mind. Even at Post #1000, it seemed little more than a mirage shimmering in the distance; untouchable, unearthly, unreal. But in recent weeks, it became… Read More ›
Readers of this blog may recall that I have a fondness for reviewing all the pleasantly unusual search engine terms that have -intentionally or otherwise- led visitors to these virtual pages. Over the years, I have offered up many lists… Read More ›
I Almost Can’t Even Say It. But Here Goes … A 5 liter bottle of 1982 Monte Bello Is Opening!!! Right Now!!!
I’m almost too trembly to type. This is too much for me. The names, the places, the wine …. Ah, it’s too much! No, it’s not. I can do this. Ok, here goes … Michael Madrigale. Ah! Wow, Michael Madrigale…. Read More ›
New Monte Bello Vintages? Check! New Release of Lytton Springs? Check! Must be … Fall Release Party!
Fall Release Celebration at Monte Bello Saturday, Aug 31st -or- Sunday, September 1st 11am – 5pm ~ Fall Release Celebration at Lytton Springs Saturday, September 7th 11am – 5pm ~ Oh man oh man oh man oh man oh man… Read More ›
As with pretty much everyone at Ridge, my boss is an avid accumulator of strange wine arcana; Ridge-wise and otherwise. Fortunately, he is great about sending on his findings. When I recently returned from a couple days camping in the… Read More ›
It was the best of times, it was the best of times. Not unlike a broodingly alive, spiritually roller-coasted emo-drama teenager the morning after graduation ceremonies, I am currently a certifiable mash-up of emotions. When the music’s over, how to… Read More ›
The 2013 Ridge Vineyards Sommelier Symposium: It Was The Best Of Times The 2013 Ridge Vineyards Sommelier Symposium began on Monday, May 20th, just shy of 9am, on the Monte Bello Crush Pad, under a glowing Santa Cruz Mountains sun…. Read More ›
Very early on in my tenure at Ridge Vineyards, I made the decision to play only The Jazz in the Monte Bello Tasting Room. Unbeknownst to me at the time, this decision was noted and noticed by a notably wider… Read More ›