It is home to one of America’s most famed producers, yet the Santa Cruz Mountains remain relatively isolated and unknown. More’s the pity says Jon Bonné as he uncovers the appellation’s other star names in this featured article in Decanter Magazine’s September issue.
“The Santa Cruz Mountains are California’s great undiscovered country – although, at just an hour’s drive from San Francisco, they are not exactly remote. Their soils have long been a prize to ambitious vintners and, at times, they have grown some of America’s best wines. Yet they remain a backwater. Arguably its most outstanding producer – certainly the best known – is Ridge Vineyards. With such a stellar name in its midst, it seems odd that the region hasn’t found wider fame.
Ridge chief Paul Draper has a reason. ‘Up in these hills you’re not looking for social connections and glossy magazine articles about your garden’ he told me a couple years ago. ‘You’re here because you want to do your own thing.'”
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