March 6, 2018
Our 1966 Geyserville was one of forty wines highlighted by Food & Wine Magazine’s Ray Isle, that made a difference in history as far as changing the way people drink wine. Here are a few brief passages from the article “40 Wines That Changed the Way We Drink”.
“What was the first wine? There’s no way to know, though the oldest evidence of winemaking dates back 8,000 years, to Stone Age villages in the mountains south of Tbilisi, Georgia. But whoever made that first wine, man or woman, priest or peasant, we owe them a big debt. Some wines are good, some are bad, and some—a very few, like that first one—are significant…Here are 40 that made a difference…Ridge’s Geyserville was one of the first domestic wines to draw attention to the idea of “old vines” and to what a single mature vineyard (dating back to the 1880s) of mixed black grape varieties can produce. Labeled as Zinfandel in its early days, it’s actually a blend of Zin, Carignane, Petite Sirah, and Mourvèdre.“