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Along the Burgundy Trail - Vintage 2011

by John Tilson

Along the Burgundy Trail - Vintage 2010

I previously published a brief note on the 2011 Burgundy vintage where I called it ”The Surprise Vintage”. The weather conditions in 2011 were very unique even for Burgundy. Consider this quote from Aubert de Villaine, Co-Director of Domaine de la Romanée Conti, which was highlighted at the beginning of the Domaine De La Romanée 2011 harvest report dated September 30, 2011: 2011: ”Never more than this year - in spite of the some forty-six harvests I have experienced since my beginnings as a winegrower in Burgundy - have I felt and understood the importance of luck and gamble in the success or the failure in the face of a vintage”... Click here to read entire article.

Ridge Vineyards - Uncompromising Quality

by John Tilson

Ridge Vineyards  Uncompromising Quality

The history of Ridge Vineyards begins in 1885, when Osea Perrone, a doctor who became a prominent member of San Francisco's Italian community, bought 180 acres near the top of Monte Bello Ridge. He terraced the slopes and planted vineyards; using native limestone, he constructed the Monte Bello Winery, producing the first vintage under that name in 1892. This unique cellar, built into the mountainside on three levels, is Ridge's production facility... Click here to read entire article.

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