Ridge Vineyards

(408) 867-3233 17100 Monte Bello Rd
Cupertino, CA 95014
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The history of Ridge Vineyards begins in 1885, when Osea Perrone (third person on bench wearing tall boots), 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 Read more »

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  • Cabernet Sauvignon

    “King of the Red Wine Grapes.” The colonizer of the vineyards, pushing native wine grapes into its shadows. The Caber...

  • Chardonnay

    British wine writer and critic, Jancis Robinson, once noted that throughout the 80’s and 90’s in the United States, C...

  • Syrah

    The irony here is that Syrah’s origins could give Carmen Sandiego a run for her international wallet. Syrah’s deepest...

  • Zinfandel

    Parentage of the grape: Crljenak to Austria to America. In the 1970s, claims surfaced that the Italian Primitivo is l...

  • Merlot

    The Occitanian word “merlot” translates to “young blackbird.” An accurate description for this popular, early-budding...

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Ridge Vineyards on Snooth

  • Unless you bought them with aging potential in mind, a fair few of your 2013 pink and white wines won’t be drinkable by next spring. Guzzle down the last of those quick-to-turn bottles, cellar a few others, and ready yourself for the onset of fall wines. Even if you do not live in a starkly transitional climate, this a great time to think about ... Read More

    From the article Summer Fall Transition Wines Under $20

  • G3 By Goose Ridge Cabernet Sauvignon 2013


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    Wine review by Uisce

  • Ridge Zinfandel East Bench 2013


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    Wine review by runningbear

  • J Lohr South Ridge Syrah 2012


    Unbelievably smooth and fruity. The best Syrah out there for under $20. Read More

    Wine review by woolfepac

  • There were three of us, or actually 2 1/2 since my wife didn't drink much and doesn't like whites. The burgers were going to be 50/50 bacon/beef, which opened a world of possibilities so we decided to go all-American. Halcón Vineyards Prado to start, a 50.50 Marsanne/Rousanne blend that would have gone really well with the mushroo... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Hamburger wines

  • After a tryst with the new girl in town, several Bay Area wineries are going ... ... Baker, COO at Shannon Ridge Vineyards and Winery, also talked with Rauber. Baker’s company went all-out with screw caps eight years ago because, like Martin, he was afraid of cork taint.  “But starting in 2010 for red wine and 2011 for whites, (Shannon Ridge)... Read More

    From the article So Long, Synthetic: Some Bay Area Wineries Switching Back to Cork

  • Philo Ridge Vineyards Viognier Nelson Ranch


    After visiting the charming (but expensive) rusticity of Boonville CA, one cannot resist tasting the wares of the fine burgers of the township... beginning with Philo Ridge. This Viognier is nearly 4 years old, but doing well in the bottle with wonderful ginger, lychee, and stewed peach on the nose. If you like a ramped up Condrieu, this is yo... Read More

    Wine review by zufrieden

  • Hi everyone, This thread is dedicated to your thoughts about the wines of Lodi, more specifically for those who attend next week's virtual tasting. Here is a link to the virtual tasting page:http://www.snooth.com/virtual-tasting/video/lodi-presents-1/The tasting will take place next Wednesday, June 3rd, at 8:30pm Eastern/5:30pm Pacific.         ... Read More

    Forum post in the topic A Journey through Lodi

  • Kinda got caught up in realworld stuff. So after a bit of a delay...ITALY:Pictures one through three from the top are all of some very special vineyards producing very yummy Barolos.Picture four is in Campania above the Amalfi cost and those are very refreshing whites (likely falanghina).The fifth picture is of one of the many dirt roads into an... Read More

    Forum post in the topic In the Vineyard

  • The oil spill is, I'm guessing, about 20 miles north of downtown Santa Barbara and about 20-25 miles south and west of what most people refer to as Santa Barbara wine country--Lompoc/Santa Ynez.  There are some tasting rooms in the city of Santa Barbara, and, in fact most of them are within walking distance of each other.  I would guess that the... Read More

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