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Michael Foley, Ridge Vineyards

Michael Foley, Ridge Vineyards

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To say that Ridge Vineyards is an icon in California wine country is an understatement. Tradition and consistency have made this winery one of California’s favorites. And a visit to Ridge winery only confirms what is true about this winery–they don’t settle for anything less than the best. Its beautiful grounds, famed Monte Bello Series, and courteous staff have brought me to their Santa Cruz Winery tasting room on many occasions.

Ridge has become synonymous with Cabernet Sauvignon and for very good reason.  Their Monte Bello Series became

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Photo by Joe Ercoli @ anvilimage.com

 

Robert Frost once wrote, Two roads diverged in a wood/and I—
I took the one less traveled by/And that has made all the difference.

In this case, the wine road less traveled led me to Treasure Island where besides an old naval base and the location of the World’s Fair in the 1930’s there is not much afoot except fantastic views of San Francisco that await a snapshot from its next tourist. This island can be an oasis or wasteland whichever way you choose to see it, but several unique wineries have sprouted up making it their home here, including

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Vineyards at sunset by Joe @anvilimage.com

 

One of my favorite varietals,  Pinot Noir’s flavor profile can range anywhere from soft and smoky to full and lush fruity wines. I like to call the many selections anywhere from the French barnyard Pinot to the California fruity Pinot. In tasting rooms across the country, people love drinking and saying the word “Pinot” because it exudes a sophistication more than other wines. In the movie,

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