March 25, 2013 9:46 AM
Jay McInerney reports on a recent wine dinner at Restaurant Daniel in NYC, attended by winemaker Paul Draper.
Ironically, Ridge Monte Bello, the Cabernet-based wine that some of us believe resembles old-school Bordeaux more than most of what's being produced under that name today, comes from a steep ridge in the Santa Cruz Mountains overlooking Silicon Valley. Indeed, a recent issue of the French magazine Vigneron calls Ridge Vineyards' longtime winemaker, Paul Draper, "le plus 'Bordelais' des wine-makers Américains." Daniel Johnnes, wine director of Daniel Boulud's restaurant group in New York and host of a dinner for Mr. Draper at the restaurant Daniel this past Tuesday, calls Ridge "the greatest American winery."
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