Archive for the Tag 'Ridge Vineyards'

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Hurrah! Petite Masters is Happening in March 2018

Tickets are $45.00, and are being sold through Eventbrite. https://www.eventbrite.com/e/masters-of-petite-petite-sirah-panel-tasting-walk-around-reception-registration-42239920740

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Congratulations, Paul Draper, on your retirement

My hat’s off to you, sir, as I join the legion of others who celebrate all of your contributions. You not only enriched the PS I Love You agenda, but you have enriched my life, too. I asked, you helped. What more could anyone ask of another and be so rewarded for years to follow?

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Vineyard to Vintner ~ Celebrating Napa Valley’s Stags Leap District ~ Part 1

I received an invitation to attend the Stags Leap Vineyard to Vintner annual event, being kicked off on Friday, April 29, 2016. I knew that this was an honor. It just happened over this past weekend, and I took them up on their offer for Saturday, April 30. It’s an event that draws out vintners […]

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Petite Sirah Stakeholders answer the question, “Why do YOU make a Petite Sirah?”

To Petite Sirah Stakeholders “Why do YOU make a Petite Sirah?” The answers are a tapestry revelation, each an important thread, woven into our magic carpet called Petite Sirah. A. Toraño Family Vineyards ~ Art Toraño, Owner ~ Healdsburg We make our Petite because it is one of the most delicious, unctuous, voluptuous, dark, spicy, […]

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Petite Sirah Winemakers: Why is Petite Sirah Important

Petite Sirah winemakers know firsthand why PS is a winemakers wine. I know that, too, as the founding director of PS I Love You. But most wine writers still don’t understand. So, I asked some winemakers that I know, “Why do you make Petite Sirah?” They tell great aspects of this story. Larry Schaffer, tercero […]

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Leo Trentadue of Trentadue Winery passes away

On Sunday, January 5, 2014, at the age of 88 years old, Sonoma County vintner and World War II Veteran Leo Trentadue passed away.

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Ridge’s Winemaking Philosophy with David Gates

Minimal Intervention ~ Maximum Attention, … That’s a Paul Draper quote, by the way. Even though “Minimal Intervention ~ Maximum Attention” flowed easily from V.P. Of Vineyard Operations David Gates in conversation, he was quick to tell me, when I said that’s a great title, that those words belong to Paul Draper. (Off to an […]

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Historic Vineyard Society

This is a group, even though I’m not involved, that’s near and dear to my heart. With my involvement on behalf of Petite Sirah, and PS being a heritage grape variety, I get what this group is doing… Preservation and historical relevance, I can dig that. I’ve been fighting hard for the last nine years […]

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My Dear, Deer Prefer Petite, It’s not just we who do…

FUN FACT: Being in an old Zinfandel vineyard with David Gates, Paul Draper’s VP of Vineyard Operations at Ridge Vineyard and winery in Dry Creek Valley, we walked past a “thin” vine. It was obviously ravaged by something, and just didn’t have the same full foliage on long canes that drip downward like the rest […]

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Midwest Winegrape Symposium ~ Petite Sirah Tasting with Jo Diaz and Clark Smith

I was asked by Glenn Bardgett to be a presenter at the Midwest Grape & Wine Conference. The topic that I was asked to discuss is the challenges of operating a single variety advocacy group. (Don’t get me started.) Location: St. Charles Convention Center, St. Charles, MO Conference Dates: February 4-7, 2011 I’m there tomorrow… […]