Ridge Vineyards welcomes all members to attend the October edition of First Friday. Well be debuting the new 2006 Mazzoni Home Ranch, affording tasters an excellent opportunity to experience an absolutely archetypal old-vine field blend firsthand. Field blends have been the object of some degree of debate in wine circles of late, with one side decrying them as being at best a fantasy, and at worst a marketing ploy; and the other defending them as old-fashioned winemaking at its purest. As far as Ridge is concerned, and in the words of winemaker Eric Baugher, In our forty-four year history with zinfandel, we have found that only wines from very old vines can naturally achieve full flavor at such moderate ripeness. The Mazzoni property is an extraordinary vineyard, and we feel that this, our eleventh vintage from the original 1899 planting, is an extraordinary and singular wine. We encourage you to join us, and discover it for yourselves! Shipment Pick-Up Details: This wine will be available for pick-up for our ATP members. An RSVP must be submitted no later than Thursday, September 30, to do so. If you do not RSVP by this deadline, your wines will be shipped. The event runs from 4-7pm at the Monte Bello Tasting Room (Cupertino) and all day long (11am to 5pm) at the Lytton Springs Tasting Room (Healdsburg). Please note that while this is a Member Event, we are more than happy to host guests of our members as well!