The Decanter Interview: Paul Draper

On 27 September 2013, posted the interview of Ridge winemaker Paul Draper by Jeannie Cho Lee MW originally published in the July 2013 issue. A brief excerpt follows:

“In March this year, Draper was named the 2013 Winemakers’ Winemaker by the Institute of Masters of Wine – adding yet another honour to a shelf groaning with awards. When I ask him which are his favourite gongs, he replies: ‘Oh, there were a bunch.’ He waves that topic aside and focuses again on the nuances added by old Zinfandel vines.

An afternoon spent with Draper is energising and uplifting, and I leave Ridge convinced that wine can keep one youthful and enthusiastic about life. Draper’s life story reinforces the belief that, with patience, perseverance and faith, one can achieve greatness with humility, and respect for the land and the people who work it.”

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