The online publication The Daily Meal has compiled a list of the top 101 wineries in America and we’re honored to have been selected as number 1 for the 3rd time in 4 years. The voting panel consisted of some of the nation’s top sommeliers, restaurateurs, wine writers and the editorial staff at the Daily Meal.
Here is an excerpt from the article:
“Sorry to be boring about this, but, yes, Ridge Vineyards is again our number one American winery, for the third time. Eduardo Bolaños, sommelier for the Terroni Group restaurants in Los Angeles, speaks for most wine-lovers when he calls Paul Draper “just an icon of winemaking.” The 80-year-old Draper, who has effectively run this legendary winery (founded in 1960) since 1969, retired as CEO and head winemaker last year, but remains chairman of the board, and the high standards and unmistakable style he helped established are still firmly in place. Ridge has been an industry leader almost from the beginning years, making superb, traditionally styled wines from some of California’s best vineyards with almost eerie consistency. Ridge subscribes to the philosophy that winemaking should be as natural as possible, and the winery’s fantastic quality is achieved through sustainable farming, hand picking and sorting of grapes, use of native yeasts, naturally occurring malolactic fermentation, and minimal employment of SO2.”