Next Ridge Vineyards Wine Bloggers Tasting is 9.23.12, Confirmations To Go Out Monday!

Greetings all! Behold the skinny on that of which I wish to ensuingly speak:

What: Ridge Vineyards Wine Bloggers Tasting

When: Sunday, September 23rd, 1pm

Where: Ridge Vineyards/Monte Bello

That’s right, the next edition of the Ridge Vineyards Wine Bloggers Tasting is scheduled for Sunday, September 23rd, at 1pm, at our Monte Bello Estate, and we’re finalizing the guest list as we speak!

Confirmations are due to be sent out tomorrow, so if you’re still interested, now is the time to let us know!

If you wish to attend, please query via one of the following channels:

–Comment on this post
(or any other post of your choosing!)

–Post on our Facebook page

–Twitter at us!
(Use #RidgeVineyards & #WineBloggersTasting)

This series has been quite a remarkable phenomenon for us. We launched it back in March 2010, and have covered a great deal of thematic ground since. We’ve hosted a dizzying array of talented writers and tasters, and hosted in a wide variety of locations.  We’ve gone toe-to-toe with Robert Parker, and waxed wine & jazz. We’ve tasted in barrel rooms and on crush pads, gone on video, and typed on vintage manual typewriters. We’ve tasted blind and double-blind, Rhones and Bordeauxs. We’ve snuck-peeked new releases, and drawn deep on the library. In short, we’ve had an amazing time.

If you happened to have attended #WBC12, you might have seen me in the company of the esteemed Ed Thralls and Sasha Kadey, co-hosting a panel entitled “The Winery View of Bloggers.” And if you were in the audience, I am hopeful that you took away, if nothing else, the realization that we at Ridge Vineyards (along with Ed and Sasha!) are devout believers when it comes to our wine blogger colleagues, and the wine blogging community.

I personally feel this tasting series to be one of our most signficant expressions of our solidarity and support, and ideally, I believe it to be a contributive mechanism as well; we’re not just supporters, we’re writers too!

As any of you who’ve attended in the past know, there is always a theme. Some examples from past editions:

— Monte Bello vertical, paralleling a Robert Parker tasting

–Winery-only Rhone-varietal wines

–Lytton Springs vertical, 1987-2009

–Acrostic Anagrams


–11-vintage Monte Bello library tasting; blind tasted

–Small-production, winery-only library wines from Lytton Estate

–Historic Vineyard Series & Vintage Manual Typewriters

–The Gospels of Paul: Wine & Jazz, Paul Draper & Paul Chambers

As to theme for this upcoming edition? A secret!

Unless the theme itself necessitates advance disclosure, the theme is not be revealed until the tasting commences.

One important thing to note; the guest list is not in fact strictly constrained to “wine bloggers” per se.

If you’re a music/food/art/philosophy/lifestyle/culture/media/literature blogger who also writes about wine, please consider yourself eligible as well!

And with that, I’ll conclude this post by extending the invitation one more time; if you’re interested in attending the September 2012 Edition of our Wine Bloggers Tasting Series, please query at your earliest convenience, as we’re hoping to send out confirmations tomorrow.


Categories: Bordeaux varietals, Cabernet Sauvignon, Carignane, Events, Grenache, History, Lytton Springs, Mataro, Merlot, Monte Bello, Offerings, Petit Verdot, Petite Sirah, Rhone varietals, Social Media, Syrah, Tasting Flights, Tasting Notes, Tasting Rooms, Varietals & Blends, Virtual Verticals, Viticultural Salmagundi, Wine & Music, Wine and Jazz, Wine Blogs, Wine Clubs, Wine Tales, Zinfandel

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7 replies

  1. Ohhh, sounds awesome! I’m already committed on the 23rd. Please keep me in mind for the next one. Cheers!

  2. I hope I’m not too late to apply; I just found out about this tasting. I’m the Beverly Hills Wine Examiner for I love Ridge!

  3. Sounds like good times will be had by all, is it Monday yet?

  4. I was one that sincerely appreciated your session at #wbc12 with Ed and Sasha. The feedback about bloggers and how to best approach and work with wineries was valuable information. Thank you Christopher and Ridge for supporting wine bloggers!

  5. Keep me in mind for the next one, sounds like barrels of fun.
    I’ll be flying back from France on the 23rd from a junket in Cognac (yeah, I know I’m getting no pity from this audience!)

    Have a great time, can’t wait to see the event unfold.

    All the best,

    Nannette Eaton

  6. Eyes wide open or double-blind, I’d love to taste some of the best wines made anywhere with the best wine bloggers around.


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