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Ridge Vineyards Monte Bello Santa Cruz Mountains - one of Kenneth's favorites, a little hint of menthol - During the Judgment of Paris in 1976 Stag's Leap beat out several French wines and showed that fine wines were being made in America. Montebello Ridge came in 5th. The French insisted that although that was the case then, American wines would not age as well.

The bottled poetry of Ridge Vineyards. The Wine Without Worry podcast checks in on California's Santa Cruz Mountains, talking with poet and musician Christopher Watkins. #cawine #santacruz #ridge #poetry

Santa Cruz Mountains Wines

2009 Ridge Estate Cabernet Sauvignon - Santa Cruz Mountains Wines from Food & Wine

Ridge Montebello...one of my all time favorites!

Santa Cruz Mountain Winegrowers American Viticultural Area (AVA). Do you know about the Judgment of Paris wine competition? This was a taste test in which a number of California wines were found by a panel of experts to be as good or better than their lauded French counterparts. Two Santa Cruz Mountains wines (Ridge’s 1971 Mont Bello Cabernet Sauvignon and a David Bruce 1973 Chardonnay) were among these world-beaters.

A Taste of Bargetto Santa Cruz Mountains flight consists of six of the winery’s favorite Santa Cruz Mountains Appellation wines

Picchetti Cabernet Sauvignon 2005 14.5%. Really jammy and yummy. Piccheti is a cute winery in Santa Cruz in the way to Ridge winery. It was mentioned in Wine Spectator magazine in the letters section as a place not to be missed and I must agree. Napa is great bit this is an intimate winery that produces delicious fermented grape juice :)