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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  • 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...

  • Merlot

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

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  • Everett Ridge Petite Sirah Dry Creek Valley Estate 2007

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    Wine review by erickafilm


  • The Nordic North is seeing palates across the country warming to wine. According to a report released by Euromonitor International earlier this year, Sweden saw a two percent increase in wine sales in 2013. Increasing sales of bag-in-box wines and a growing wine culture are two factors in the increase, the report said. The country's wine drinker... Read More

    From the article Sweden Sees Rise in Wine Sales


  • Old Dominion is getting renewed interest in its growing network of vineyards. Earlier this month, the Circle of Wine Writers, a well-known international group of wine writers, journalists, photographers and experts visited Virginia's Nelson County to tour the region's wineries four year's after the groups visit to the area in 2010.  According to... Read More

    From the article Oh, Virginia! International Wine Writers Visit State's Wineries


  • Ridge Vineyards Lytton Springs 2006

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    Not a lot of fruit on entry to the mouthtypical LS blackberry notes, but not in your face. Fairly light-bodied for a red (let alone a Ridge LS), but an enjoyable wine to drink. There is still acid backbone, here, but tannins are, pretty much, gone. This one is pretty smooth until I get a slight taste of alcohol at the very back of the palate. Read More

    Wine review by EMark


  • The kitty belongs to Barnett Vineyards.  This cool kitty knows he rules the grounds but he does so with a soft paw as opposed to an iron fist.  All the Duckhorn wines that we've tried have been very tasty - Migration, Paradux, etc.  Everyone should try their wines sometime, but I understand that with OT nearby and his expertise, you should go wi... Read More

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  • We're doing a long weekend in Russian River and Napa this weekend. Flew into San Francisco yesterday with no problems. Friend picked us up at the airport, definitely beats the heck out of fighting the huge crowd at the rental car counters. Why don't they have a contiguous highway from the airport to hwy 101.So what's the first thing to do in win... Read More

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  • Marques de Murrieta went the way of royalty to kick off their new era. Royal Majesty Don Juan Carlos, former king of Spain, inaugurated this past month the winery's newly renovated spaces – tasting rooms, function rooms, a museum and the crown jewel of the estate, a rebuilt castle with 19th-century cellars called Castillo Ygay. Juan Carlos' pres... Read More

    From the article Long Live The King: Spanish King Inaugurates Tasting Rooms


  • Ridge Lytton Springs 2004

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    Very attractive clear red plum color. Blackberry aroma, but with some volatility. Amazingly smooth on entry. Then some serious red fruitcherry and red raspberry. Not as tannic as most Lyttons. In fact, relatively little tannin. Slight tartness on the back of the palate. This one may be at its peak if it hasnt already passed it, but a wond... Read More

    Wine review by EMark


  • Lot prices reached new heights at the 2014 Nedbank Cape Winemakers Guild Auction at Spier wine farm in Stellensboch, South Africa, this past Saturday.Turnover was up 42% from the 2013 auction. More than 2,800 cases went home with bidders. The auction included 40 red wines, 18 white wines, one Méthode Cap, one dessert wine and a potstill brandy. ... Read More

    From the article Records Set At South Africa Wine Auction


  • Canoe Ridge Vineyards Expedition Cabernet Sauvignon 2012

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    The wine is a deep ruby color in the glass, certainly appropriate for a Cabernet from the Columbia Valley. The nose is quite pleasant with some lovely floral notes atop some rich, ripe fruit notes of plum and red currant and just a bit of smokiness. The taste is really quite nice, very fruit forward, with flavors of ripe raspberry, blackberry ... Read More

    Wine review by jtryka


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