Sommelier Symposium: Paul Draper, Twelve Top Somms, and You!

The 2013 Ridge Vineyards Sommelier Symposium:
It Was The Best Of Times

The 2013 Ridge Vineyards Sommelier Symposium began on Monday, May 20th, just shy of 9am, on the Monte Bello Crush Pad, under a glowing Santa Cruz Mountains sun.

It concluded approximately thirty-six hours later in Healdsburg, as the last sated diner strolled contentedly into the night with a Dry Creek Kitchen dinner stowed safely inside them.

The itinerary was chock full:

Day One saw our guests moving from a Monte Bello winery tour to a blind-tasted nine-vintage Monte Bello vertical; from a virtual vineyard flyover in the Old Torre Winery Barn, to a stroll through three altitudes worth of our mountain estate; and finally, to a wine dinner at Alexander’s Steak House, during which four decades of Monte Bello were served, and which was capped off by a 1968 Essence.

Day Two began with a tour of the Radoux Cooperage, before moving to a blind-tasting of library zinfandels in our Lytton Springs Tasting Room, pairing three-decades worth of Lytton Springs and Geyserville. A presentation on Field Blends came next, and then our guests toured the Lytton Springs winery, before heading for a luncheon in the vines of Lytton West. A vineyard tour followed, culminating in a walk through the one-hundred-and-thirty-year-old vines of the Old Patch at Geyserville. Finally, dinner at Dry Creek Kitchen, featuring magnums of 1990 Geyserville and Lytton Springs.

Then suddenly, it was over.

Yet even as planes, trains, and automobiles began to carry guests homeward, new tales were already emerging, new memories beginning.

We have a treasure trove of stories, pictures, and movies still to share, and look very forward to doing so in the coming days. This page –the event’s home page– remains live, active, and updated, and we encourage you to visit regularly to enjoy the newly-emerging content.

For #RidgeSomms posts, please see below:

#RidgeSomms: What We Talk About When We Talk About Wine: Part III, The Vineyards (6.5.13)

#RidgeSomms: In A Portland State Of Mind (6.3.13)

#RidgeSomms: What We Talk About When We Talk About Wine: Part II, The Radoux Cooperage (6.1.13)

#RidgeSomms: What We Talk About When We Talk About Wine (5.29.13)

#RidgeSomms: To Dine In The Valleys: Part II (5.24.13)

#RidgeSomms: It Was The Best Of Times (5.22.13)

#RidgeSomms: Where The Ridge Meets The Hill (5.20.13)

#RidgeSomms: A Gentleman And An Expert (5.19.13)

#RidgeSomms: I Cover The Waterfront (5.18.13)

#RidgeSomms: To Dine In The Valleys (5.17.13)

#RidgeSomms: Jackets Are Preferred (5.17.13)

#RidgeSomms: One Mile High And Rising! (5.16.13)

#RidgeSomms: The Powers of Austin! (5.15.13)

#RidgeSomms: Christina Donley, Moth To St. Elmo’s Flame! (5.15.13)

#RidgeSomms: Michael Torino Sees “Red!” (5.14.13)

And to read the original #RidgeSomms landing page, please read on …

The 2013 Ridge Vineyards Sommelier Symposium:

Paul Draper, Twelve Top Somms, & You!

The Annual Ridge Vineyards Sommelier Symposium takes place over two intensive days, and this year, we are inviting you IN!

Please join us, and enjoy unprecedented behind-the-scenes virtual access to one of our most exceptional, yet heretofore private, annual events.

You can friend it on Facebook, follow it on Twitter, read it on our Blog, or watch it on YouTube, but no matter which channel is your go-to tune-in for all things wine, these sessions are sure to swing, and we want you in the club!

Join Paul Draper and a winemaker’s dozen of the best Sommeliers from around the country for two days of winery tours, barrel tastings, library verticals, wine dinners, and more.

You’ll tour Monte Bello’s century-old barrel rooms with winemaker Eric Baugher, and walk Geyserville’s rows of century-old vines with vineyard manager David Gates; you’ll experience eco-sustainable Lytton Springs with winemaker John Olney, and tour the famed Radoux Cooperage with Paul Draper. From barrel to bottle, Santa Cruz to Sonoma, you’ll follow our Sommeliers as they enjoy two intensive days of all things Ridge.

In short, when they’re here, you’re here!




Ridge Vineyards Sommelier Symposium, 2013



May 20th & 21st, 2013



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