An American Original: Ridge Vineyards California's first Premier Cru vineyard

The Monte Bello vineyard, located only 15 miles from the Pacific Ocean, is part of the Santa Cruz Mountains AVA, California’s coolest cabernet producing area. The vineyard ranges in elevation from 1300′ to 2700′ above sea level and is composed of unique green stone and clay soils layered over decomposing limestone. Limestone is not found in the well-known Cabernet producing areas of Napa and Sonoma Valleys, making the soil composition at Monte Bello a unique and important contributor to the wine’s distinctive character. The combination of elevation, cool climate, and soil produces a wine that is impeccably balanced and destined for long-term aging, with firm acidity and a consistent streak of minerality.

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Visit to Domaine Comte Georges de Vogüé

Two superb Grands Crus are grown here: BONNES-MARES, which links its vineyards to those of Morey-Saint-Denis, and MUSIGNY which overlooks the Clos de Vougeot. The village also boasts among its fine wines a prestigious Premier Cru, Les Amoureuses. Its AOC dates from September 1936, making it one of the first French vineyards to be thus designated.

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Pre-Prohibition Whiskey - a new collectible frontier

In some ways I cannot help but feel guilty for coming into their trading spaces and by the sheer exposure to a world wide audience upend their pricing paradigms. Surely the argument is “a rising tide raises all boats” is of some comfort, however, if you were once buying regularly at $150/pint I can’t help but have some empathy that when a major international auction house enters the fray and raises the category profile to new heights such that pints are flying at $1200 each is a bit of a pisser.

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