Our Fall Release Virtual Tasting was hosted via Zoom on Friday, September 17th at 10am PT. The tasting was moderated by David Amadia, President. The panelists included John Olney, Head Winemaker & COO, and David Gates, Senior VP of Vineyard Operations.
David Amadia, President
David is in his 16th year at Ridge, having joined in 2005. He has worked as a member of the executive team for his entire tenure and was promoted to President in 2016. David has worked diligently over his tenure at Ridge to cement the winery’s international reputation as one of the world’s highest quality producers of traditionally made, single-vineyard wines.
John Olney, Head Winemaker & COO
John Olney is Head Winemaker & COO of Ridge. John began traveling to Europe at an early age where he was introduced to the culture of wine in France and Italy. He frequently visited the south of France where he spent time with his uncle, Richard Olney, the celebrated food and wine writer. Through his uncle’s relationships, John learned first-hand many of the great European winemaking methods and traditions.
David Gates, Senior VP of Vineyard Operations
David S. Gates, Jr. is Senior Vice President of Vineyard Operations for Ridge Vineyards. David grew up on a hundred-and-sixty-acre farm in central Minnesota and decided to escape the cold winters by coming to California for school. His love of plants and agriculture led him to UC Davis, where he received his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Viticulture, and met and married his wife, Donna.