The Remarkable Contributions of Paul Draper

Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wine

Stephen Eliot and Charles Olken from the Connoisseurs’ Guide to California Wines had some nice words to share about Paul Draper’s retirement. Here’s an excerpt from the article:

“From the earliest days of my involvement with wine, Ridge Vineyards has occupied a special place in my thoughts, and, for well over forty years, I have regarded its long-time winemaker Paul Draper as one of the architects of California’s extraordinary rise to international vinous fame in the 1970s…Paul’s mark is and will continue for many years to be indelible in defining what California wine can be, and, as he steps back, I would offer a heartfelt “job well done.” I will not say “adieu” but prefer “au revoir.” Thank you Paul, and we will see you around…Paul Draper has been there as the steady hand that moved Ridge from a hobbyist producer founded by a bunch of dedicated amateurs in the early ‘60s to a winery for all to admire and to keep on admiring. Thank you, Paul.”

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