California State Fair Results

Wine                                                     AVA            Award  
2014 Concerto                               SCM           Gold
2014 Cabernet Sauvignon       SCM          Gold , Best of Class of Region
2014  Pinot Noir                             SCM          Bronze

SF Chronicle Wine Competition

We are very happy to announce our awards from our wine submissions to the San Francisco Wine Competition.

Bronze 2014 Fiddletown Zinfandel

Silver 2014 Merlot

Silver 2014 Petite Sirah

Gold 2012 Syrah

Gold 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon

Double Gold 2014 “Concerto” Bordeaux Style Blend

Stop by and see what we are pouring this weekend.


Holiday Winery Hours

Our hours the tasting room will be open are as follows:
We will be CLOSED on Thanksgiving and Christmas.
Friday after Thanksgiving we will open 2 hours early from 3pm to 9pm.
Saturday and Sunday from noon to 5pm.
Thursday and Friday before Christmas we will be open from 5 to 9pm.
Saturday the 24th from noon to 5pm. (For that last-minute bottle or three of wine!)
Friday the 30th of December from 5 to 9pm
Saturday New Years Eve, Sunday New Years Day and Monday the observed holiday from noon to 5pm.
We hope every ones Holiday will be abundant, happy, and relaxing!

The Townsend Family
Russian Ridge Winery

Winery update for September:

September is here and the crush has started!
We will be open on Labor day noon to 5pm.
First time for the Concerto to go on case special at 30% off.
Regularly at $336.00 this month only $235.20.
We are well into the Barbera fermentation and it is tasting very good.
Stop by the winery and find out what drives a lot of wine makers to make wine.
Spence is recovering from his L5-S1 disc issue and should be back next weekend.
Thanks to everyone for the concern and best wishes.
Tasting flight this weekend will be:
’12 Syrah,
’12 Merlot,
’12 Concerto,
’13 Zinfandel

July Wine Club Pick up

We have anew location to source our wines in the Summit Road area. The Summit store now carries our 2013 Pinot Noir, 2012 Concerto, 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon, 2012 Petite Sirah, 2013 Zinfandel.
This is the last weekend in July for club pick up where you still get to choose which award-winning wines you will take home.
Tasting room information:
tonight’s line up for the tasting room menu includes the Sparkling, Pinot Noir, Concerto, Cabernet Sauvignon, and last but not least the Zinfandel!
Sparkling on a hot day like this just seemed to me to be the perfect way to start the weekend!!
Come on in and celebrate Summer!!

May News

Sunday is Mothers Day. Stop by the winery and pick up a bottle of Sparkling wine to make that Sunday brunch Mimosa.
What a great way to start the day. While you’re there pick up a bottle of wine for that special Mothers Day dinner.

We will be pouring over in Oakland at the Garagista event on May 19th.

The Milpitas BBQ Festival will be held on May 21 and 22. We will be pouring glasses of wine at the Community stage end of the street.
We did this event last year and it was a lot of fun.

We also have the Pinot Pathways event on the 21st and 22nd of May.

That’s all folks,

Lymphoma & Leukemia Fundraiser

Please join us in helping Allison, Jill & Dennis raise some funding for a great cause!

L & L Fundraiser

Follow these links to purchase Tix:

Here is a list of some of the bigger raffle prizes we have for Saturday. Tickets are $5 a piece or 5 for $20 and winner does not need to be present to win.

1 pair Giants Tickets- April 9th Dodgers day game
1 pair Giants tickets- April 20th Diamondbacks night game
2 lawn seat tickets to see Heart, Joan Jett and Cheap Trick Aug 24 at Shoreline
10 $50 gift cards to Thai Time restaurant in San Carlos
1 Gina Matrone original handcrafted necklace
Shiki Bistro gift certificates (sushi restaurants)
2 bags of Shakeology (value $100/ each)
50/50 raffle ($10 ticket each)
Raffle for iPad Pro, Apple Watch, or Apple TV ($10 tickets each and drawing is held separately on March 11.)


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