Desuetude during Prohibition: The Wall Street Journal’s Jay McInerney chronicles The Long, Strange Trip of Ridge Vineyards, Paul Draper, & Silicon Valley

Our man in Manhattan has been Paul Draper himself.

Just last week, none other than Daniel Johnnes — the esteemed wine director of Daniel Boulud’s restaurant group — hosted a dinner for Paul at Restaurant Daniel.

The Wall Street Journal’s Jay McInerney was there to experience it all, and for the hashtag-hooked amongst you, Mr. McInerney has been sharing some remarkable material via the ol’ Tweet-O-Dial:


in particular.

He also offered up a truly enjoyable, educational, and thoroughly excellent article in The Wall Street Journal:

How To Out Bordeaux Bordeaux In Silicon Valley

from which one learns, amongst other excellent historical morsels, that Monte Bello fell into desuetude during Prohibition.

There is in fact an awful lot one can learn from this fine article; about Ridge, about Paul, about the valley, about the mountain …

I heartily recommend it.


The dinner itself was an incredible affair:

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And Paul was in fine, fine company. Most especially his extraordinary wife Maureen. And of course Raj Vaidya and Daniel Johnnes …


What a long, strange trip it’s been, indeed …

… and I am happy to say, the road goes on forever!

Categories: Events, Food & Wine Pairing, History, Monte Bello, Offerings, Paul Draper, Press Reviews, Social Media, Tasting Flights, Viticultural Salmagundi, Wine & Food Pairing, Wine Quotes, Wine Tales

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