An honest-to-goodness treat today; the opportunity to taste a genuine rarity: the 2001 Ridge Vineyards Lytton Springs. I tasted with my colleague Sam Howles-Banerji. We opened, we double-decanted, we poured, we smelled … Indian food. I couldn’t think of anything… Read More ›
Discussions and comments about specific varietals and/or blends.
Days of Wine & Roses, Nights of Buchignani. The ’09 drops … tonight. 2009 Ridge Vineyards Buchignani Ranch Zinfandel Preparation: Double-decanted, aerated approximately ½ hour … Appearance: Incredible color: an amethystian core enveloped in a broad weave of mulberry highlights and a multi-shaded… Read More ›
There are four people from whom I learned what it means to be a man in this world. What it means to be a man, and how to be a man. One of them is imaginary: Rick, from the movie… Read More ›
Today is Friday. Thus, a week from today is First Friday. Thus, a week from today is the first opportunity for members and their guests to enjoy a sampler of new spring releases in their “official” New Release raiment. On… Read More ›
We don’t do a great many events in any given year up here on our mountain, so when we do stage them, we try to thoroughly imbue them with all the passion and gravitas our four-sizes-that-day wine-hearts can muster. Our… Read More ›
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 ›
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 ›