San Francisco Chronicle Competition

We we have received the results from the S.F.Chronicle Wine Competition. We garnered five silvers and one bronze. This is the first year that we were awarded medals for every one of our entries. We will be pouring at the public tasting on Saturday Feb. 13th.

Event Tickets


We have sold out of our SF Chronicle Gold Medal winning 2011 Concerto. We still have the 2012 Concerto but it now seems to be moving out of the tasting room fairly fast so……if you haven’t tasted this wine yet stop by and see why the 2012 Concerto received a Gold from SF International Wine Comp. This wine was recently reviewed by the Santa Cruz Mountains Wine Guild. It was rated with 4-92 points, 1-91 points, and 1-90 points by the six tasters on the panel for an average of 91.5 points.
The wines that we had evaluated by Santa Cruz Mountains Wine Tasters Guild with an average score are:
Wine Vintage Average Rating
Russian Ridge North Coast Sparkling NV 85
Russian Ridge Pinot Noir 2012 85
Russian Ridge Zinfandel 2013 91
Russian Ridge Syrah 2012 90
Russian Ridge Merlot 2012 90
Russian Ridge Cabernet Sauvignon 2012 89
Russian Ridge Petite Sirah 2012 88
Russian Ridge Concerto 2012 91.5

End of 2015 update.

As we close in on our first full year I pause to reflect on our accomplishments. We opened our own facility at the end of August of 2014. In early December we doubled our space. We are still refining the logistics of equipment location. Part of that process has included the installation of our new bottling line. With the Corker not arriving until early September we were not able to bottle before the 2015 crush started. We had to scramble to get the 2013 vintage in the bottle as well as pick up and process the 2015 vintage. Fortunately our family came to the rescue. One comment that hit home to me was that they were not aware of all the work required to make the noble grape turn into such a grand libation. We crushed about 15 tons of fruit this year which is about what we have done every year since we started making wine to enjoy with everyone. This year we have added a North Coast Sparking Brut and a Port style, wine Forte. Best of all we have increased our circle of friends with our Wine Club members and new customers. We have participated in several Wine walks: Los Gatos twice, Mountain View twice, Los Altos, San Mateo, Belmont and Menlo Park. We also poured for the Mountain View Art & Wine Festival, Milpitas BBQ Festival, San Carlos Art & Wine Festival, Pinot Paradise at the Mountain Winery, and Wine with Heart at Thomas Fogarty Winery. I also poured for the San Diego County Fair and in Reno at the Pinot Shotout in the month of July.
We are sold out of our 2011 Pinot Grigio and almost sold out of the rest of our 2011 vintage.

As we edge into the new year we are excited to taste how the 2014 vintage has matured as well as the promise of the 2015 Vintage. Will it indeed turn out to be an exemplary vintage as most seem to imply? Only time will tell but we are certainly excited to see.

Joan, Spencer and I wish everybody A Very Happy Holiday Season.

Whats happening @ the Winery?

Hello friends of Russian Ridge Winery,

We will still have the Santa Cruz Mnts. Syrah 2011 on sale by the case at $200.00. Augusts special case price will be on the 2011 Merlot. Same great price @ 1/3 off retail: $200.00.

Futures are still available on the 2013 Pinot Noir from Santa Cruz Mnts. @ $180.00/case and our Fiddletown Zinfandel @ $200.00. These wines will be released during the next club pickup month of October. We will evaluate whether the wine is still in bottle shock and give you recommendations on when it should be ready to drink. I would think based on the history of our wines that you should be able to enjoy them by Thanksgiving at the latest.

We will be pouring at the Mountain View Wine Walk on Thursday August 13th.

September gets a bit busy for us as we expect the 2015 Crush to start early September.
We will be pouring at the following events:
Mountain View Art and Wine Festival on Saturday and Sunday the 12th and 13th.
Los Altos Wine Walk on Friday the 18th.
Los Gatos Wine Walk on Saturday the 19th.

Hope to see you at the tasting room soon!

Russian Ridge Winery
650-851-9690

San Francisco International Wine Competition

S.F. International Competition

2015 RESULTS
RUSSIAN RIDGE WINERY

Gold Medal 93 pts Russian Ridge Winery 2012 Premium Bordeaux Blend, Concerto, Santa Cruz Mountains, USA $28. www.russianridgewinery.com

Silver Medal Russian Ridge Winery 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon, Santa Cruz Mountains, USA $32. www.russianridgewinery.com

Silver Medal Russian Ridge Winery 2012 Syrah, Santa Cruz Mountains, USA $25. www.russianridgewinery.com

Bronze Medal Russian Ridge Winery 2012 Merlot, Santa Clara, USA $25. www.russianridgewinery.com

Thanks for all your support!

Don’t forget to get your tickets to the Silicon Valley Wine Auction with food and wine pairing!
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Russian Ridge Winery Update

Russian Ridge Winery

Happy April, 2015

Well its already spring time with bud break in full force.

We would like to update our friends on what is happening at the winery this month & beyond.

This coming weekend is Wine Club pick up. We want to remind all of our club members of the additional 5% off every bottle purchased over their club pick up. Also when that happens your two lowest price wines become the club shipment. That way your higher priced wines get the additional 5% reduction in price.
Steve Jones will be playing some blues and jazz rifts on Friday night.
So stop by Friday get your free tasting, pick up your club shipment, and meet some of the other club members.
We think we have a very special group of people in our club!

Can’t make it Friday night? Not a problem. Just stop in on Saturday or Sunday. The 5% program is valid all weekend.
We will be doing barrel tasting & taking Futures case orders for our 2013 Fiddletown Zin and 2013 Santa Cruz Mnts. Pinot Noir

We will have some cheeses, charcuterie, baguettes, and chocolate for you to enjoy with your wine on Saturday and Sunday.

Saturday the 18th is Passport weekend.

Some of the events that we will be attending are:

Los Gatos Wine Walk Saturday the 25th. We will be pouring at: VILLAGE HOUSE OF BOOKS
from 1:30 to 5:30
Tickets sell out every year so get yours soon. More information in attachment.

We will be pouring at the Peninsula Jewish Community Center on Sunday, May 17th. from 5:30 to 9:30 pm.
http://www.pjcc.org/community/annual-benefit.html

We will be participating in the Silicon Valley Wine Auction. This event will be at Levi stadium on Saturday June 20th.
http://siliconvalleywineauction.org/

Milpitas International BBQ and Festival
This event runs Saturday and Sunday May 30 & 31 from 10 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
We may have to close the tasting room for this weekend. We will keep you posted.
http://www.milpitaschamber.org/BBQ/index.shtml

The Third Annual Wine Walk Mountain View on Thursday, August 13th from 5:30 to 9;00 p.m.

More to come

Wine Club pick up and Passport.

We would like to remind everybody that this weekend is Santa Cruz Mountains Passport on Saturday as well as the January pick up weekend. Our tasting room hours our 5p to 9p on Friday and Noon to 5P on Saturday and Sunday. We would also like to remind our wine club members that any wines purchased over the club selection will be an additional 5% off. Our Club selections this month are the 2011 Santa Clara Valley Merlot as well as the 2011 Santa Cruz Mnts. Syrah. Change it up if you would like something else. See you this weekend!

Thailand trip.

We took Spencer to The SF airport for his trip to Thailand on Monday morning. He arrived with no drama and is now enjoying a wonderful country with Natali.

S.F. Chronicle Wine Competition

We have just received the results from our wine submission to the San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition. We did quite well this year. We are proud to announce we garnered a Bronze for our 2011 Santa Cruz Mnts. Syrah. Silvers for our 2012 Merlot, 2012 Pinot Noir, and 2012 Concerto. We are very excited to announce that we were awarded a Double Gold for our 2012 Petite Sirah from Paso Robles. Thank you Bob Pettis from Roadrunner Farms for such wonderful fruit. We will be attending the wine pouring at Fort Mason on Feb. 13th to show off our prize winning wine.

Happy Holly Daze

Well its the Holly Daze season again. We think a nice bottle of wine makes a perfect gift for that special friend. If your out doing some hectic shopping stop by the winery and try a tasting flight. I suspect it will make your shopping more enjoyable. We offer a flight of at least five wines for a mere $5.00. For a limited time only we are also including a shear red bag to dress up that bottle to put under the tree.
We also are happy to announce that we have already expanded into the back half of our building. This expansion doubles our floor space and will allow us to bring all of our operation in house. We are still in the bonding stage but expect that to be completed in the very near future.
Here’s wishing you all the very best not just now but all year long!

Santa Cruz Sentinel article

We would like to thank Stacey Vreeken who writes for the Santa Cruz Sentinel for such a great article on our wines. Stop by the winery and see what Stacey is talking about. To see the original article go to the link at the bottom.

California Wine of the Week: Russian Ridge 2011 Concerto Blend and the art of dark fruit

By Stacey Vreeken, Wine Press

Posted: 12/02/14, 3:41 PM PST | Updated: 4 days ago
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Owners and winemakers Scott and Joan Townsend say their wines speak for themselves, and they shout quality: balanced, fruit-forward, yet restrained where it counts. New on the scene, Russian Ridge Winery has opened a tasting room in San Carlos recently to showcase rich, dark syrahs, cabernet sauvignons, merlots and petit sirahs, and refreshing pinot grigios and chardonnays.

The winemaker >> Along with assistant winemaker Spencer Townsend, the Townsends source fruit from the Santa Cruz Mountains, Santa Clara Valley, Paso Robles and Napa to make single-vineyard varietals and blends. The syrah is restrained, the pinot noir needs a little more time in bottle and the cabernet sauvignon has a nice profile, which will develop with age. The Concerto blend shows best that these winemakers love of fruit runs deep, and they’re serious about creating well-balanced wines.

Why like it >> This blend is a dark symphony, with melodic undertones and throbbing beat. The darkness begins in the ruby color and deep fruit aromas, persisting throughout the vintage. The full-bodied wine is brimming with cranberry, plum, raspberry and a bit of strawberry. Pepper, cardamom, chocolate and spices offer counterpoint. Oak, tannins and fruit are all well-blended in this intense, pleasurable wine.

Pair it with >> Game meats, mushrooms, steak, chocolate cake.

Cost >> $28

Tasting room >> 919 Washington St., San Carlos. 5-9 p.m. Fridays, noon-5 p.m. Saturdays-Sundays.

Details >> www.russianridgewinery.com.

http://www.santacruzsentinel.com/…/california-wine-of-the-w…

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