A 1998 Vertical (1964 through 1995) & Horizontal of Ridge Zinfandels
|Paul Draper, early 1970s (from Benson, Great Winemakers of California, 1977)|
Anticipating the need (and want) for nourishment while taking our time to assess, and truly appreciate, these bottlings, Mr. Draper and I also enlisted Hawaii Regional Cuisine Chef Roy Yamaguchi to prepare 5 dishes to compliment the wines, tasted in 5 flights. We were joined by four Honolulu wine lovers, all longtime aficionados of Ridge wines (notably, local physicians Eugene Wong and Gene Doo).
In 1998 a version of this report originally appeared in the biweekly wine column I bylined for The Honolulu Advertiser (which has since morphed into the Honolulu Star-Advertiser). A second version of it was posted in Robin Garr’s Wine Lovers Page in September 2004.
|Remains of Ridge's Monte Bello Zinfandel planting (2013)|
|Paul Draper (recent photo from Ridge Vineyards Web site)|
|Ridge Geyserville (from Ridge Vineyards Web site)|
|Ridge barrel room, Monte Bello estate|