If you’re a reader of this blog, you may have noticed my penchant for utilizing chardonnay as a primary example of the “blaming the varietal for the method” syndrome. Basically, this is a situation in which a perfectly fine varietal… Read More ›
The Oak Wars: French vs. American -or- A Barrel Of Information About American and French Oak -or- More Fun Than A Barrel Full Of Grapes!
It’s one of the more common questions we receive in the tasting room, and it’s certainly one of the most debated questions in the modern wine industry; French Oak vs. American Oak, what’s the story? Google “French Oak versus American… Read More ›
One of the real joys of my job here at Ridge/Monte Bello is reading the wonderful e-mails that come through our inbox chronicling the experiences that people have had with our wines. Sometimes heartwarming, sometime instructive, always appreciated, together these… Read More ›
Dateline: September 23rd. Location: Monte Bello. Occasion: The arrival of the first Cabernet Sauvignon grapes to the winery! And thanks to Agent Sean Yamomoto, you can see the action live on video, or captured for the ages in stills! http://www.ridgewine.com/wholesale/pages/2009-conveyor-4.tml… Read More ›
Things have been very exciting up here at the Monte Bello winery; just days before harvest is due to commence, the finishing touches on a ten-year labor of love are being applied. Eric Baugher, our VP of winemaking here at… Read More ›
Natural Winemaking -or- Got The Natural Blues? Drink The Natural Reds! -or- The Chronicle Chronicles A Chronicle Of Natural Wines!
Jon Bonné wrote an excellent piece in the San Francisco Chronicle this past Sunday in which he discusses “natural” winemaking. It’s a fascinating topic, and of course a topic of great interest to those of us here at Ridge (Paul Draper in… Read More ›