Ridge Vineyards

LOCATION : Santa Cruz, California

WINEMAKERS : Eric Baugher, John Olney, David Gates

KNOWN FOR :  This iconic winery has been making Zinfandel based blends and the world famous Monte Bello Cabernet since the mid-1960s.

HISTORY : The history of Ridge actually begins in the late 1800s when Italian immigrants began planting grapes on Monte Bello Ridge, south of San Francisco.  Ridge Vineyards, as we know it, began in 1959 when 4 engineers from nearby Stanford purchased the property and began making wine commercially. Its notoriety took off in 1969 when Paul Draper was hired as winemaker.  In the decades since, Ridge has been known as one of the leaders in the California wine world. Its 1971 Monte Bello Cabernet finished fifth in the famous “Judgement of Paris” tasting in 1976.  Paul Draper retired as winemaker in 2016, leaving behind a 47-year legacy unparalleled in the world of American winemaking.

FEATURED WINES :

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Ridge Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon Estate 2013

This full-bodied Cabernet from the estate vineyard on Monte Bello is rich and full of dark fruit and silky tannins. A fantastic food pairing wine.

Regular : $50.19 | SALE : $45.17

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Ridge Vineyards Chardonnay Estate 2014

Not an over the top oaky California Chardonnay, the Estate Chardonnay from Ridge highlights mineral and citrus zest with a pleasing combination of acidity and creaminess.

Regular : $50.19 | SALE : $45.17

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Ridge Vineyards Three Valleys Zinfandel 2014

Classic Ridge. This Zinfandel based blend uses the best of all its components. Very approachable for being so young and showcases many different levels of flavor profiles.

Regular : $25.29 | SALE : $22.76

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Ridge Vineyards Paso Robles Zinfandel 2014

The most classic Zinfandel that Ridge makes. This is partly because it comes from Paso Robles, where the dry, warm climate is perfect for the hearty varietal. Full of dark fruit flavors and rich texture, this is a Zinfandel lover’s wine.

Regular : $32.29 | SALE : $29.06

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Ridge Vineyards Zinfandel Lytton Springs 2014

From the Ridge vineyards in Sonoma County, this blend has a spicy and silky component that is extremely appealing. Always one of Ridge’s most sought after wines, the 2014 vintage scored 94 points from Vinous.

Regular : $40.00 | SALE : $36.00

Prices good through November 30, 2016