I love making lists. Here’s a fun prompt: what are the greatest wineries in America? I’ve got a lot of top 10 contenders turning over in my head, with emphasis on historical importance. One of these days I’ll sit down and hammer out an order. But Ridge is my #1.
The ever-accelerating cost of Napa winemaking, paired with the reserve of people willing to pay up for a sprawling estate of their own, means the idea of a small-scale farmer-vigneron gets more laughably alien to the Napa scene every passing year. That can be a good thing for California wine as a whole. Here’s why.