Somm Symposium Alumni

Ridge’s first Somm Symposium was in 2011. Each year, our invitees spend a full day at each of our winery locations, touring the facilities and meeting with our winemaking teams — getting a behind the scenes look at our production processes. Check out our previous Symposium Alumni and what they are saying about the program!

2023 Somm Symposium Attendees

Shane Taylor, Canucks Sports & Entertainment & Top Table Group – Vancouver, BC

Joakim Thorstensen, Wine Director, Hotel Sommerro – Oslo, Norway

Alec Riveros, General Manager at Woods Hill Pier 4 – Boston, MA

Mark Thompson, Wine Director at Dauphine’s – Washington, DC

Charlie Biscotto, Sommelier, Bad Roman – New York, New York

Stefan Hampel, Sommelier, Chez Panisse – Berkeley, CA

Jeroen Erens, Mercantile Dining & Provisions – Denver, CO

Rick Arline – Sommelier, City Club – Los Angeles, CA

John Cuviello, Director Of Food And Beverage at Rosewood Inn of the Anasazi – Santa Fe, NM

Brennan Sopko, Wine Director RPM Steak – Chicago, IL

Molly Austad, Bludorn Restaurant Group – Houston, TX

William Jones, Assistant General Manager and Wine Director for The Hope Farm – Fairhope, AL

Susan Scheuller, General Manager/Wine Director, Sardine – Madison, WI

2023 Highlights

Past Groups

2011 Somm Symposium
2012 Somm Symposium
2013 Somm Symposium
2014 Somm Symposium
2015 Somm Symposium
2016 Somm Symposium
2017 Somm Symposium
2018 Somm Symposium
2019 Somm Symposium

2022 Somm Symposium

See what our Somms are saying:

“What an incredible experience! Thank you so much for your generosity and kindness. I had a wonderful time and am so pumped to sell some Ridge at my restaurant!”

“Wow?!?! The wines! Need I say more?! Reopened my eyes to what American oak can do to a wine.”

“The 2003 Geyserville was unreal?! The 91’s too. Wow. Great to compare the different sites too over time.”

“Can I come back next year?!”

Highlight was: “Connecting and understanding the story, history but most important, the people who make Ridge happen every day.”

“Thank you so much for everything, you have gained a brand ambassador in all of us. With great pleasure, I will sell more Ridge.”


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