#VineWatch13: Week 13!

To stand with new friends beside a vine
–the wine limning crystal,
faces bright under a crisply sprung Spring sun–
is to close a circle’s story,
is to sing a song of praise,
is to understand a journey’s true
commencement by its ending,
is to understand completion
in inception;
is to understand the underlying


As the weather continues its seasonal turn for the better, we are ever more often able to walk our guests into the vineyards, to share with them the true origin stories of Ridge.

It’s a simple process, to “book” a “by-appointment” tasting at either of our locations, but for those of us who host these visits, it’s a rarefied opportunity to share something special about the real reasons why we are at Ridge. We are here to become a part of the origin stories. We are here to become part of the land.


Today, we had guests at Monte Bello, and today, they came into our vineyards. And today, they came into our story. And today, they came into our Watch.

Forever, a part of our VineWatch.


#VineWatch13. Week 13. Monte Bello.


On NPR this morning, a story about a ring in England. A Roman ring, possibly cursed, said to have been the inspiration for Tolkein’s fabled fables.

At Lytton Springs this morning, a vine. A Californian vine, possibly holy, said to be the inspiration for the shire landscape surrounding the Bagginses’ Bag End.


#VineWatch13. Week 13. Lytton Springs.


Please stay tuned as we follow our lovely vines through the 2013 vintage!

We’re thirteen weeks in to-date, and for a quick look back, please enjoy the links below:

Week 12

Week 11

Week 10

Week 9

Week 8

Week 7

Week 6

Week 5

Week 4

Week 3

Week 2-Lytton Springs / Week 2-Monte Bello

Week 1

(if you’re following #RidgeVineyards on Twitter, you can also track VineWatch 2013 by specifically filtering for the following hashtag: #VineWatch13)


To book a tour and tasting at either of our Estates — Lytton Springs or Monte Bello — please click here.

Categories: Cabernet Sauvignon, History, Lytton Springs, Monte Bello, RIDGE Staff, Tasting Events/Opportunities, Varietals & Blends, Vineyards, Viticultural Salmagundi, Wine & Poetry, Wine Tales, Zinfandel

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