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...

  • Petite Sirah

    History of the grape: Petite Syrah is often confused with its parent grape, Syrah, but it has been identified as a se...

  • 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...

  • 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...

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Ridge Vineyards on Snooth

  • I think JD is correct when you talk about Cab Sauv. Best is from Napa and you pay. But look at Washington. Andrew Will, Pepper Bridge, Woodward Canyon, and Betz are a few to start with. Andrew Will is a great wine for people who like classic Bordeaux.The mass-market Chateau St. Michelle Cab or Merlot is actually pretty decent for what you pay. A... Read More

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  • Despite my somewhat feeble attempts trying to find US wine in Australia is frustratingSo I think I would like to build a list of high Quality but not astronomic priced wines my American Snooth Colleagues would suggest I look out forBare in mind that if it is from a very small niche producer I would need to know how I can source it in AustraliaSo... Read More

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  • The top producers are very goodMargaret River  - bottom South West Corner of Western AustraliaLeeuwin Estate Art Series and PreludePierroVoyager EstateBeechworth  - Northern VictoriaGiaconda - generally regarded as our no1, and is certainly excellentMornington [Southeast of Melbounre and Yarra Valley [Northeast of Melbourne]\Lots of producers ha... Read More

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  • To begin with, Australian Chardonnay wine has improved significantly over the years!As I understand it, Australian winemakers are busily introducing new styles.I had new Aussie chards recently and concluded that they are really good, in my very humble opinion!These lovely chards are the result of more careful soil selection and well-considered s... Read More

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  • These are available at auction hereAU BON CLIMAT, La Bauge Au-dessus Pinot Noir ... Noir 2009 and 2010 RIDGE VINEYARDS, Monte Bello Cabernets 2005 Verite La Muse - Merlot Cabernet Franc 2007,2008,2009Verite Le Desir - Cabernet Sauvignon 2007,2008,2009Verite La Joie - Cabernet Sauvignon 2008,2009Joseph Phelps Insignia Cabernet Sauvignon 1994Card... Read More

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  • I am hoping to get some input on what Aussie wine the Snooth Community is seeing on the shelves [either retail or restaurants] in your local areas.US wine in Australia is still very much limited to the bigger wine companies egArgyle Pinot NoirStags LeapBerringerEtudeOccasionly the big guns from Napa will appear on the Auction Sites.I am always h... Read More

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  • Ok, I recieved an email list offer from Turley. I have never tried but all I hear is that they are very good. What should I buy? Remember that we like big and structured. Let me hear it?  Read More

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  • We talked a lot about sparkling wine last week but there is a lot more to cover. The biggest sparkling wine day of the year, New Year's Eve, is right around the corner. Opening a bottle of sparkling wine can be a a dangerous proposition. There's a lot of pressure under that cork! But if you like living on the edge, there's always sabrage. When t... Read More

    From the article Holiday Sparkling Bottle Pick List


  • Okay, we're counting down to the end of the year.  With three drinking weeks left, start nominating your wines of the year.  And, if you like, nominate a wine experience of the year. I'm going to have to think about the WOTY for a while, and I'll update this OP as things occur to me, but I'm going to say it wasn't a year full of head turning win... Read More

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  • Ridge Lytton Springs 2014

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    Dark purplemore blue than redin the glass. Maybe I have blue on my mind, but Im getting blueberry on introduction. As the wine passes back there the fruit seems to be cloudedmay be the drying effect of tannin. Speaking of which sneaks up on me as the wine hits the rear palate. Not the biggest zin Ive ever had, and, I have to say, not nearly ... Read More

    Wine review by EMark


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