This Saturday, July 28th we will do a special tasting of Ridge Wines featuring Vic Garbo from Southern Glazer. This tasting will be $25.00 per person. Light hors dourvres.
Wines are listed below.
Groupons OK with additional $15 per person
The history of Ridge Vineyards begins in 1885, when Osea Perrone, a doctor who became a prominent member of San Francisco's Italian community, bought 180 acres near the top of Monte Bello Ridge. He terraced the slopes and planted vineyards; using native limestone, he constructed the Monte Bello Winery, producing the first vintage under that name in 1892. This unique cellar, built into the mountainside on three levels, is Ridge's production facility. At 2600', it is surrounded by the "upper vineyard." In the 1940s, William Short, a theologian, bought the abandoned winery and vineyard just below the Perrone property; he replanted several parcels to cabernet sauvignon in the late 1940s. From these vines — now the "middle vineyard"— new owners Dave Bennion and his three partners, all Stanford Research Institute engineers, made a quarter-barrel of "estate" cabernet. That Monte Bello Cabernet was among California's finest wines of the era. Its quality and distinctive character, and the wines produced from these same vines in 1960 and '61, convinced the partners to re-bond the winery in time for the 1962 vintage. The first zinfandel was made in 1964, from a small nineteenth-century vineyard farther down the ridge. This was followed in 1966 by the first Geyserville zinfandel. The founding families reclaimed the Monte Bello terraces, increasing vineyard size from fifteen to forty-five acres. Working on weekends, they made wines of regional character and unprecedented intensity. By 1968, production had increased to just under three thousand cases per year, and in 1969, Paul Draper joined the partnership. A Stanford graduate in philosophy—recently returned from setting up a winery in Chile's coast range—he was a practical winemaker, Tasting press fractions Exceptional single-vineyard wines Since 1962. 17100 Monte Bello Road, Cupertino, CA 95014 www.ridgewine.com 650 Lytton Springs Road, Healdsburg, CA 95448 408.867.3233 not an enologist. His knowledge of fine wines and traditional methods complemented the straightforward "hands off" approach pioneered at Ridge. Under his guidance the old Perrone winery (acquired the previous year) was restored, the finest vineyard lands leased or purchased, the consistent quality and international reputation of the wines established. Cabernet and Zinfandel account for most of the production; Syrah, Grenache, Carignane, and Petite Sirah constitute a small percentage. Known primarily for its red wines, Ridge has also made limited amounts of chardonnay since 1962. Lytton Springs, in Sonoma County, became part of the Ridge estate in 1991. A quarter century's experience with this vineyard had convinced us that it was an exceptional piece of ground. Forty consecutive vintages of Geyserville attest to yet another stunning combination of location and varietals. Though born in the early sixties to the post-Prohibition world of modern California winemaking, Ridge relies on nature and tradition rather than technology. Our approach is straightforward: find intense, flavorful grapes; intrude upon the process only when necessary; draw the fruit's distinctive character and richness into the wine.
The Mayfield Rd street resurfacing
is finally finished. Help us all recover from a rough two months.
hat better way to celebrate the street makeover.
Check out our large selection of high end and hard to find wines including Joseph Phelps Insignia, Opus One, Biondi Santi, Romitorio, Tignanello, Sassacaia and many more....including a large selection of big format bottles.
We have a very special deal on Silver Oak Napa Valley 2000 Vintage. We have 4 bottles left that would normally sell for $180 a bottle.
While it lasts $125 a bottle.
Please remember that small businesses depend on your patronage. If each of us spent $100 a year more on local businesses instead of chain stores, it would put an extra $3 MILLION a year into our local economy and would create thousands more jobs every year!!!!
We will taste the following wines this Saturday
2015 Ridge Chardonnay Santa Cruz Mountain - 59.99
2016 Ridge Zinfandel East Bench - 35.99
2016 Ridge Zinfandel Paso Robles - 38.99
2016 Ridge Zinfandel Geyserville - 48.99
2014 Ridge Cabernet Sauvignon Estate - 65.99
Price: $25.00 per person
Grazie - Matteo
Karaoke Saturday after 8:00
We can now do 10% discounts
on 6 bottle cases