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SF Chronicle Wine Competition

We are excited to announce that Russian Ridge Winery has been awarded a Gold medal for our 2011 Concerto. This Concerto is a Santa Cruz Mountains AVA Bordeaux style blend of 44% Cabernet Sauvignon, 41% Cabernet Franc, 13% Merlot with 1% each of Petite Verdot and Malbec.

We were awarded a Silver for our 2011 Petite Sirah. This wine comes from Roadrunner Farms down in Paso Robles. Bob Pettis is a grower that has as much passion about his vines as we have for our wines. He makes sure they have all the proper nutrients to produce exceptional fruit. We think he succeeds every year with outstanding grapes. We are proud to produce wines from his vineyard.

We were also awarded a Silver for our 2011 Merlot. This is a wine made from fruit that enjoys the heat of southern Santa Clara Valley and cool nights due to the evening ocean breezes off of Monterey Bay coming up the Salinas Valley. Mike Mann is a wealth of knowledge when it comes to growing grapes. He has helped me immensely with our vineyard here at home.
Stop by on the weekend of the 18th and 19th and taste these fine wines. Pick up a couple of Passports. Then tour around your own backyard here in the Santa Cruz Mountains to enjoy the hand crafted wines made from Santa Cruz mountain fruit. See ya soon!

Santa Cruz Mountains Winegrowers Assoc

We have joined the Santa Cruz Mountains Winegrowers Assoc. We will be open on our fourth weekend of the month Dec. 28th and 29th. We invite every one to stop by and enjoy some holiday cheer. Our best wished to all over the Holiday season. We will also be participating in the January Passport program. Check it out. World class wines right here in your own backyard!

We invite you to join us at Russian Ridge Winery’s first Friday night tasting event. Devils Canyon will be hosting their Beer Friday across the street at their new location in San Carlos on Bayport St. between Washington St. and Bing St. Our tasting room will be open from 5pm till 10pm friday night and Saturday day from 12pm until 5pm.
Come on by and have a GREAT TIME!

2011 Berry Lane Napa Chardonnay

Last Friday I racked the 2011 Napa Chardonnay to tank for fining. We plan on bottling  this wine on the first Wednesday of September.  This particular chardonnay we first sourced in 2004 from a vineyard on Berry Lane in Napa.  Our next vintage with fruit  from these  same vines was in 2009.

We’re Moving!

We have great news to share with all our friends. We are moving our winery from Rockwall Winery in Alameda  to Cuvee Winery in San Carlos. We are very happy at Rockwall, but our commute to Cuvee is only 0.5 hrs vs 1.25 hrs and a bridge. Our access to the wine will be much improved.

We will be having a Grand Opening  on Aug. 12th with the other five wineries. Tell your friends and come on over to have a good time and enjoy some fine wines. The FREE event runs from 1pm to 5pm on the 12th of Aug. Here is a link to the host winery:

Here is a link to the other five wineries:


Joan, Spence, & Scott Townsend

Russian Ridge Winery

Open House Event

Yesterday was an eventful day for us at the winery. We started selling our first wine, a Pinot Grigio from a vineyard in the southern end of Chiles Valley. This is a sub AVA just to the East of the Napa valley. The wine opens up with notes of pear on the nose. It has a crisp mid palate with some citrus. It has a lingering finish of tropical fruits. A nice wine to enjoy with cheese like an Asiago or just sipping while you are relaxing with a good book. Several of our good friends showed up to help us celebrate the release of our first wine. Thank you all. I would like to especially thank my brother Mitch who flew in from Michigan to help us pour. It was quite a surprise to turn around and see him there standing in front of me.

Russian Ridge Winery was started in 2008

Russian Ridge Winery was started in 2008. We had plans to build our winery on our home site. Finally in early 2011 we decided we needed to find a place to make our wines. We were accepted as one of the Alternating Proprieters @ Rock Wall Winery. We share space with 7 other wineries. We are a family owned two generation winery. We only make small lot single vineyard wines.