The Ridge Monte Bello Tasting Room sits at approximately 2,300 feet up Black Mountain, to the west of Cupertino, California, where it is surrounded by the head-trained and hand-harvested vines that provide fruit for Ridge’s flagship Monte Bello. With windows overlooking the visual splendor and rustic glory of the Santa Cruz Mountains, the tasting room affords an intimate, educational, and delicious opportunity to enter the world of Ridge; a viticultural realm where single-site winemaking values are tirelessly championed, non-interventionist vineyard practices are determinedly upheld, and a devotion to nature and tradition rules the day. As with Ridge’s Lytton Springs Tasting Room in Healdsburg, California, the Monte Bello Tasting Room staff are a singularly passionate coterie of oenophilic fanatics who deeply enjoy every opportunity to talk wine with visitors both novice and expert alike; about all things Ridge, and all things wine. Far more often than not, these conversations across the bar quickly develop into informal and interactive colloquia on subjects running the gamut from questions of culinary companionability to traits of terroir; characteristics of carignane to the merits of multi-format bottling; debates on dry-farming to value judgments on verticals and vintages, and more.
Christopher Watkins, Tasting Room Manager at Ridge Vineyards, hosts this blog as an on-going opportunity to carry these conversations out into the larger world; if you are a lover of Ridge, a lover of wine, or just want to learn how to use an Ah-So Cork Puller, you are most cordially invited to visit, to read, and to respond. Whether you’re curious about how a certain vintage of Monte Bello is currently showing, want to chime in on the order of last weekend’s tasting flight, or suggest a dish to pair with a young zinfandel, 4488: A Ridge Blog welcomes you with open arms and a full glass!
p.s. Ridge became California Bonded Winery (BW) #4488 in 1962!