January 18, 2018
Margaret Rand of Imbibe.com, wrote an informative and interesting article recently, Mix it up: Exploring Field Blends. The article explores the reasoning and thought-process behind winegrowing and winemaking practices that incorporate field-blending. Our very own David Amadia, Ridge Vineyards president, and viticulturist Will Thomas are briefly quoted in the article. Here’s a small excerpt from the article:
“Field blends are usually, though not always, plots of old vines, survivors of an earlier era. It would be easy to think that the mix of vines was random, and sometimes clearly it was, but when Will Thomas, viticulturist for Ridge Vineyards’ California sites, mapped three plots at Lytton Springs he discovered the opposite.
The vines were planted in 1901, and a typical mix for the time and place would be Zinfandel plus Carignan, Petite Sirah, Alicante Bouschet, Mourvèdre, Grand Noir and others…”