A Tribute to Ridge

Side Hustle Wino

May 2020

In a recent blog post, Side Hustle Wino takes an in depth look at the past, present, and future of Ridge, lauding our philosophies of sustainability and minimal intervention and voicing appreciation for our full transparency approach to ingredient labeling.

Ridge Vineyards might be one of the best kept secrets of the wine world. I recently had the opportunity to visit both the Monte Bello location and the Lytton Springs location and every time I experience a Ridge wine, I am consistently blown away.

The Past

“In 1969, in what would prove to be a defining moment in history, a man named Paul Draper was hired as the winemaker. His 1971 Cabernet Sauvignon, would place 5th in the world renown 1976 event referred to as the Judgment of Paris.”

The Present

“Ridge champions single vineyard wine making because they believe not only in terroir but in the philosophy that well cared for earth and vines, will result in a wine that basically makes itself.  Sustainable practices occur not only in their growing, and wine making, but in every aspect of all they do.”

The Future

“I hope the immediate future includes you becoming familiar with Ridge wines if you are not already. I have never opened a bottle of Ridge that didn’t truly knock my socks off. They do things differently and it absolutely comes through in the wine. […] Speaking of futures, we recently purchased our first wine futures! The 2019 Ridge Monte Bello Cabernet Sauvignon will be making its way to our door sometime in 2022!”


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