Reason #1: David Gates. David Gates is our VP of Vineyard Operations. Colloquially, our Vineyard Manager. I have had the pleasure of hosting David Gates for probably ten thousand tastings, and I can easily say, without exaggeration, that I have… Read More ›
Varietals & Blends
Discussions and comments about specific varietals and/or blends.
2008 Ridge Vineyards Jimsomare Zinfandel One sniff and I know I’m in Jimsomare country; a great and strange place; funkily mystical, mountainously ghosty, soulfully perfect. Jimsomare. This is rarefied juice; pure Black Mountain, the aroma and flavor of another California;… Read More ›
Be The Winning Bid & Bob’s Yer Uncle! -or- David Gates In Oz! -or- This Trip Is Fair Dinkum! -or- Australia Tastes Ace! -or- Rhone Rangers, From San Francisco to Sydney!
David Gates is a great man. David Gates is our Vineyard Manager, and he is a great man. A great man managing great vineyards. David Gates is President on the Board of Directors for Rhone Rangers. Rhone Rangers is a… Read More ›
Sustainability is a tricky thing. It’s like mind in search of no-mind. There is no there there. Sustainability is a tricky thing. It’s like sequestration. There is no perfect answer, and there must always be compromise. As but one example, consider weeds…. Read More ›
I just had the rather most lovely opportunity to prepare, taste and share a particularly singular line-up of Ridge wines … … Singular for a few reasons: –The new, not-yet-released 2010 Monte Bello Chardonnay –The new, only-just-bottled 2011 Lytton Springs –The… Read More ›
I was early, by intention. I wanted to absorb the air, the space, the mojo. Ghosts of Shamans past — silken-shadowed, proud and twirling — wove the naked canes with threads of dripping gossamer. In my car, the metal murmuring… Read More ›