Bloggus Interruptus -or- Wining and Dining The Balboa Club Way -or- Why I’m Pre-Preparing Pre-Posts Of Previously Posted Postings!

By the time you read this, I’ll be on my way to Los Angeles. I have the great pleasure of hosting a wine dinner at the very, very, very lovely Balboa Bay Club & Resort in Newport Beach Tuesday evening. So I probably won’t be able to write anything for the next couple of days.

Fortunately, there seems to be alot of other people writing about Ridge wines lately, so you won’t have to starve for content!

For example, from Texas, and Envy Magazine, comes a lovely write-up about an upcoming winemaker dinner at a fine establishment called Victory Tavern. It’s quite worth taking a look at the article, if for no other reason than to see the menu being offered. An excerpt:

3rd Course
Grilled Beef Short Rib with Horseradish Turnip Gratin
2007 Zinfandel “Lytton Springs Vineyard” Dry Creek Valley


For some recent (and thorough) tasting notes, you can visit a blog called Just Grapes; a site which bears the rather wonderful slogan “Let wine be drunk, though the heavens fall.”  The post details a recent tasting at our Lytton Springs facility. An excerpt:

Ridge provided the perfect final sips to an excellent weekend journey through Napa and Sonoma that showed the sheer diversity of wines being produced in the two valleys.


I highly recommend visiting a Sacramento-based blog that goes by the name “How We Roll.”   There is a wonderful “Guest Blog” posting there that tells a beautiful story about how one gentleman came to love our Monte Bello (he has tasted EVERY SINGLE VINTAGE of Monte Bello ever made, including the very first in 1962!), An excerpt:

The vintages at the top of the list for me would be the 1966, 1967, 1985, 1991, and 1999, but don’t make me pick between those. My favorite Monte Bello memory (maybe my favorite wine memory period) is drinking the 1977 on its 15th birthday while sitting in the vineyard leaning against a vine.


Should anyone out there be interested in a contemporary tasting note on the 2002 Monte Bello, I would encourage you to visit Ambassador of Wine. An excerpt:

“Great wine that few can compare to.”


Have you visited the blog Cuisine Capers? If not, I encourage you to check out their recent series of articles on California Wine Country, the final article of which is a feature on Lytton Springs. An excerpt:

We’ve been big fans of Ridge Zinfandel since the 1989 vintage which was the first exceptional Zin we had had.  Through good fortune, we were able to eventually buy four and a half cases of the 1989 Sonoma County Zinfandel back in the early 90’s before it disappeared from the shelves.  We’ve been drinking various Ridge wines ever since.

Ah, 1989.


And finally, for our Further Afield award, Ridge is in the news in Ukiah! An excerpt from the Ukiah Daily Journal:

Ridge Vineyards, under the tutelage of winemaker Paul Draper since 1969, has had a consistently avid following. When Ridge’s 1971 Cabernet Sauvignon was entered in the famed “Judgment of Paris Tasting” in 1976 (the subject of the recent movie “Bottle Shock”) it came in fifth place among ten French Bordeaux and California Cabernet Sauvignons. Thirty years later at a retasting of the same wines, Ridge came in first.

Hopefully these articles will keep you company while I’m away!

Categories: Food & Wine Pairing, Lytton, Monte Bello, Press Reviews, Tasting Rooms, Varietals & Blends, Viticultural Salmagundi, Wine Blogs, Wine Tales

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