July 2, 2014 2:31 PM
Ridge has been named the Best Winery in America by the Daily Meal.
The online publication The Daily Meal has compiled a list of the top 101 wineries in America and we're honored to have been selected as number one.
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The wineries selected for the list were nominated by some of the country’s best sommeliers, wine writers, chefs, and restaurateurs. Here are excerpts from two of those individuals:
"Ridge Vineyards was founded in 1959. Its long track record of consistently making one of the best Cabernets in America is the equivalent of the New York Yankee Dynasty. Owner Paul Draper is Babe Ruth, Lou Gehrig, Joe DiMaggio, and Mickey Mantle all rolled into one." — Daniel Johnnes
"Ridge produces vineyard-specific varietals and blends from Sonoma, Santa Cruz Mountains, and Paso Robles AVAs utilizing cabernet sauvignon, chardonnay, merlot, petite sirah, zinfandel, Rhônes (syrah, grenache, and carignane), and smaller plantings of other varietals.
The oldest of the Ridge estates, Monte Bello, was first planted in 1885, abandoned after prohibition, and replanted in the 1940s. As vines age, production drops; but the remaining grapes keep gaining in concentration and complexity. Ridge winemakers operate with a philosophy that winemaking should be as natural as possible, and their fantastic quality is achieved through sustainable farming, hand picking and sorting the grapes, use of native yeasts, naturally occurring malolactic fermentation, and minimal use of SO2. Two personal favorites are the Three Valleys Sonoma County blend (79 percent zinfandel with carignane, petite sirah, mataró [mourvédre], and Aalicante bouschet), and the East Bench Zinfandel." — Maxine Borcherding