A new ATP wine has arrived on shore from the blustery viticultural seas! And yes, I admit that’s a weirdly inappropriate nautical metaphor, but a swashbuckling wine like this deserves … well … an eyepatch! All tomfoolery aside, this really… Read More ›
Wine talk that knows no boundry.
“Welcome to the fight.” Do you recognize that quote? Actually, the real line was “Welcome back to the fight.” But I don’t know for sure if Asimov was in the fight to begin with, and if he was, I don’t know that… Read More ›
Those of you who’ve spent any time in conversation with me have probably at some point or another accordingly made a crack about the fact that I tend to evidence a boisterously superfluous degree of verbal excessiveness when engaging in said communcative… Read More ›
My apologies for being a bit late with this, but I didn’t want to let the birthday of Zoot Sims go by unheralded. Zoot, one of my favorite jazz sax players, was born on October 29th, 1925, and I for one… Read More ›
Around The Word With Ridge Wine -or- How A 1989 Bradford Mountain Traveled From Maui, to Washington, to Texas, and to Tennessee, And How It’s Tasting Now! (Hint: Great!)
I’ve received another one of THOSE e-mails again, one of those great, wonderful, touching, inspiring, gratifying e-mails in which someone shares an amazing story about one of our wines. These time, a lovely customer by the name of Marti is… Read More ›
Amongst the other staffers here at Ridge/Monte Bello, there has been a lot of anticipation about Cecilia Aguilar’s answers to the Official Ridge-ite 20 Questions Questionnaire; for a couple of reasons. One, Cecilia has a very unique relationship to Ridge, to… Read More ›
This is an all-too common problem. I wish I never had to deal with it. But it happens. Here’s the scenario: Someone has an older vintage wine. They’re very, very, very excited that the day has finally come to open… 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 ›