Friday, July 29, 2011

Ridge Vineyards

My friend Evan has a membership with Ridge Vineyards, and so invited a group of us up to the Monte Bello estate for lunch and tastings. Evan usually stops at Ridge as part of the Montebello Road cycling ride. The location has pretty so-so views:

ridge winery

The wine was kind of interesting; none of the varietals smelled or tasted how I expected them to. The chardonnays were melony and crisp; the cab had an almost absent aroma; the syrah was more sweet than peppery. A more reasonable explanation, however, is that I don't know that much about wine. Ridge's Cabernet Sauvignon placed 5th in the 1976 "Judgement of Paris" wine competition, so I assume the winemakers know better than me.

ridge winery
ridge winery

There's a short path from the picnic area/tasting room level to the top of the mountain. From there, you can see the entire mid-peninsula. I would like to build a tiny treehouse there, please.

ridge winery
ridge winery
ridge winery
ridge winery

2 comments:

blog said...

Lovely pictures, and so glad you enjoyed your visit!

Christopher Watkins
Manager, Monte Bello
Retail Sales & Hospitality
Host: "4488: A RIDGE Blog"

madichan said...

It was a beautiful day to visit!