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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  • Syrah

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

  • Petite Sirah

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

  • 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...

  • 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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  • Hey D - I like your number 5 above.  I know Vincent and he makes some excellent wine.  And is a super nice guy to boot.If you can find his wine, try it.  I think you will really enjoy it.  His approach to wine making is all about letting the grapes and vineyard character show in the wine.  He gets grapes from some excellent vineyards.  I especia... Read More

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  • According to a YouGov poll, forty-one percent of Americans enjoy wine with Thanksgiving dinner. It's no wonder we spend so much time planning our drink menus. Turkey Day wines have been discussed on Snooth at length over the past ten years. Tastes have evolved to include more than just the mainstays. Traditions have been shattered, and most meal... Read More

    From the article The One and Only Wine You Need This Thanksgiving


  • Also looking good was this earlier circular from Chambers Street. Oregon ... talked Bill Wayne [of Abbey Ridge vineyards] into planting a couple of acres of Pinot Blanc (bianco!) so that I could pursue that line of wine. It is always a blend of more than Pinot blanc - basically absorbing anything that I maybe don't have a place for (a bit of e... Read More

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  • Decided to spin this out from another thread to keep things clear and more easily accessible.Please post your recommendations here. Will add my own when I have a spare moment.... Read More

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  • According to the Wine Institute, in 2015, over 28 million liters of wine were ... Vineyards and Winery, Links Bridge Vineyards, and Old Westminster Winery. Whether it's Old Westminster Winery’s effervescent Pét-Nat of Albariño, Big Cork Vineyards Russian Kiss (a one-of-a-kind wine made from Muscat and Russian grape varieties), a beautiful, Bor... Read More

    From the article This Wine Region is Trending


  • My PC crapped on my the other day.  That is why I have been AWOL.Over the past few years I have been collecting Zinfandels--I know, Al, not your favorite ;-)--from different winemakers using grapes sourced from common vineyards.  In the past few months I know I have posted, here,  on Ridge, Seghesio and Bedrock bottlings from Pagani Ranch fruit.... Read More

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  • Time for some horizontal tasting.  This topic is specifically to address commonalities and differences between the same grape varietal (or blend) and same year of bottling, but at different wineries or different vineyards of the same winery.  Take a picture of your two or more bottle comparisons and tell us which is better.  If you can, provide ... Read More

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  • Ridge Zinfandel East Bench 2013

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    Big hit of red fruitcherryon entry. Much more than I get from other Ridge bottlings. Still stiff tannin provides nice backbone. Good acid. A good wine, but I think I like my Zins to be a tad less civilized. This one seems to be reined in. Read More

    Wine review by EMark


  • Yes Mark,5 Chardonnay2008 Maybach Eterium2014 Ancillary2016 Kutch Sonoma Coast2014 Kutch Santa Cruz Mtns2010 Charles Heintz Sabrina Marie Sparkling Chard4 Syrah2015 Myriad Sangiacomo2015 Quivet Kenefick Ranch Whole Cluster1996 Truchard Carneros - DOA2008 Rhys Skyline2 Cabernets2015 Rivers Marie Panek2014 Myriad Elysian Dr CranePinot Rose2016 Kut... Read More

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  • Very nice wines you guys.  I do keep an eye out for the 2012 vintages of red wines, and of course ones from earlier years.  Today and this evening was interesting.  We started with beer at a restaurant (Due South) near the Nationals Stadium in Washington DC.  We had tickets for the game this afternoon against the Atlanta Braves - The Nationals h... Read More

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