I had the pleasure of hosting Paul Draper and two wonderful guests yesterday for what was not only an excellent tasting, but an enlightening conversation. The topics were, amongst other things, the recent changes rung at the Wine Advocate, the Asian… Read More ›
All things Zinfandel, and/or blends based on Zinfandel.
Yesterday was a Wine & Food Tasting day on the mountain, and that makes Pappy happy. The goal? Select three wines, and three pairings. Our culinary compatriots for the event? The very fine chefs from Bash. My co-tasters? The Depth-Chargedly-Groovy Hospitality Team… Read More ›
First Friday. One of my favorite recurring events here at Monte Bello. It’s just so EASY! When is it? First Friday! Simple … And it’s just so delicious! There’s always a theme. A delicious theme. A delicious wine theme. The… Read More ›
For 35 years now, the ATP branch of our Wine Club has been busy contributing limited-production rareties to the Ridge Vineyards wine canon; introducing such fabled designations as Old School, Mazzoni, and Jimsomare to the vineyard lexicon, and showcasing comparatively under-the-radar varietals like… Read More ›
I cannot help myself; I’m in the Year-End-List spirit. I MUST make my Best-Ofs … And for today’s canonically contributive endeavour, I am going to grapple into submission a task never yet set; I am going to attempt to name… Read More ›
I lived in New York once, and then left, and then moved back and lived there again. That should tell you something about my feelings for New York. That said, I lived in Northern California once, and then left, and… Read More ›
It’s lunchtime on the mountain, and that’s a very fine thing … 2004 Ridge Vineyards Monte Bello Chardonnay Rich, supple, viscous mouthfeel, with warm tropical fruit and sweet, creamy vanilla and beurre blanc on the nose … Wide-reaching on the… Read More ›