A recent blog post by Sophie Thorpe, of the esteemed British wine and spirits merchant, Berry Bros. & Rudd, mentions Ridge Vineyards as an example of a California winery that’s not only “hip right now,” but also a winery that has been “been quietly producing restrained, fresh styles of wine for decades…”
Here are some short excerpts from the post:
“California is unbelievably hip right now. As long as it’s the right California – the New California. In circles of natural-wine nuts, off-beat sommeliers and cult-name creators, there is a small collection of Californian wine producers who represent the modern face of wine. For the wine-lovers who only drink Claret behind closed doors, whose Instagram accounts blend Roulot, Rousseau and Rayas with pét-nat and Overnoy, California has become cool.”
“There are some who will question whether this is really new. Producers such as Ridge Vineyards, Frog’s Leap and Au Bon Climat have been quietly producing restrained, fresh styles of wine for decades, even when it wasn’t good for sales. While they may have been the original pioneers, it’s encouraging to see others join their ranks.”
She also concludes by recommending our 2013 Monte Bello as a new California wine to try.