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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  • Merlot

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

  • Zinfandel

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

  • Cabernet Sauvignon

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

  • Syrah

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

  • Chardonnay

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

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  • Chehalem Ridgecrest Vineyards Ribbon Ridge Oregon Gruner Veltliner 2014

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    Cream Soda, peach, bright acid, fresh cut grass, citrus, hints of lemon grass and sage. Really well balanced. Favorite vintage yet Read More

    Wine review by anchca


  • One California wine writer is saying the state's best cabernet sauvignon ... ... Daniel recently lauded Ridge Vineyards in an article in the San Luis Obispo-based newspaper The Tribune, saying the estate's Monte Bello may very well be the California's finest cab. “The Napa Valley has become synonymous with great California cabernet sauvignon,... Read More

    From the article California's Best Cabernet? SLO's Tribune Says Head for the Hills


  • Philo Ridge Vineyards Zinfandel 2009

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    Tasted twice... once in Boonville and then at home back in the Great White North (actually, rainy north); both tastings similar; there is that cloying of fermenting Maraschino Cherry familiar to lovers of this grape, but there is more of Apulia than California here with a smooth, light texture on entry... with the sweet cherry confection. Smoot... Read More

    Wine review by zufrieden


  • I think you ought to come back and buy that property!I can't help you with your question.  I don't see why you couldn't grow grapes there, but I don't know why there aren't more.  Ridge had vineyards a bit north of there.  How much land is actually private there? Read More

    Forum post in the topic From Santa Cruz south into...


  • I once, a few years back, almost pulled the trigger on a real estate purchase in the hills back behind the Big Sur coastline. Was reminiscing on that today, and wondered why I never hear about wine from that area. Is it because I'm so far away and out of touch and there actually are barrels and barrels of wine being made there, or because the cu... Read More

    Forum post in the topic From Santa Cruz south through...


  • As a liquor store manager, I'm always looking for the next trend and what's popular with wine fans.  Personally, I like to expand my tastes to see what's out there besides what's trending.  Looks like Snooth will help me with both, so I'm looking forward to checking out mentors and "snoothfriends!"Cheers!Sam Jones, jonesvoice. Read More

    Forum post in the topic Hello Snooth!


  • Good on you for giving the box a shot.  There are actually a few good winemakers trying it out.  But we need tasting notes!GregT would probably argue that PN should have lots of Syrah, right up until there's no room left for the PN.  I had a wine from Chamisal/Domaine Aflred years ago called Da Red that was a blend of the two.  It was fine for t... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Whatcha drinking tonight?


  • Dude, I went to Holdredge expecting that you would be pouring!  Plus the last time I called you had to work.  Anyway, I passed along your regards (and Mike Talty's) to Carrie. I'll have another two bottles there for you to pick up for me if you ever make it over that way. I love W. Sonoma, it's just so incestuous.Seriously, friends of ours had t... Read More

    Forum post in the topic What have you bought lately?


  • GT - that link you provided early in this topic brought back memories of our ... ... of them was the Barren Ridge Vineyards and it was there where we tasted a bottle of Albemarle that was purchased in auction from the Kludge estate.  It was so good that we bought a case of that wine (at $12 per bottle) and I think we drank all of it except pe... Read More

    Forum post in the topic The World's Next Biggest Wine...


  • That's because you're talking about secondary roads through the mountains.  Most wineries?   I had no idea that California grapes had to travel so far.   I guess Ridge has vineyards in Santa Cruz AVA and Paso Robles.  I certainly wouldn't boycott them!  You know where I was going with this right?  Maybe I can relax my parameters a little, but go... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Pahrump Valley Winery (Nevada)


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