Register Now for Behind the Wines Episode 7 with Paul Draper, Chairman of the Board, Ridge Vineyards
May 19, 2020
Today, Elaine will speak with Paul Draper, chairman of the board of Ridge Vineyards. Paul Draper grew up on an eighty-acre farm 50 miles west of Chicago. After attending the Choate School and receiving a degree in philosophy from Stanford University, he lived for two years in northern Italy. He went on to attend the University of Paris and traveled extensively in France. In both Italy and France he sought out and studied traditional winemaking practices. In the mid-sixties, with a close friend, he set up a small winery in the coast range of Chile and produced several vintages of old vine cabernet sauvignon. He joined Ridge Vineyards in 1969 and resides atop Monte Bello Ridge with his wife, pianist and author Maureen McCarthy Draper. He is known for the fine cabernets and chardonnays of the Monte Bello estate vineyards, and as a pioneer in the production of long-lived, complex zinfandels.
Elaine and Paul will discuss how he learned traditional winemaking techniques from Europe, developed those skills working with old vines in South America, and eventually bringing that expertise to California where he helped build one of California’s most renowned wineries.
1984 Ridge Monte Bello Cabernet Sauvignon, Santa Cruz Mountains
We don’t want you to miss a minute of it so we’re bringing the California winemaking community to you through a virtual discussion and tasting with wine writer and educator Elaine Chukan Brown and some of California’s top grape growing and winemaking talent. We are expanding Behind the Wines webinar series through May.
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May 19, Episode 7 | Paul Draper, Ridge Vineyards
May 26, Episode 8 | Carole Meredith & Steve Lagier, Lagier Meredith, + Anthony Truchard General Manager, Truchard Vineyards.
Episode One | Steve Matthiasson, Winemaker & Owner, Matthiasson Wines.
Episode Two | Jasmine Hirsch, General Manager & Winemaker,
Hirsch Vineyards and Cathy Corison, Winemaker & Founding Partner, Corison Winery.
Episode Three | Rory Williams, Director of Viticulture & Winemaking, Frog's Leap Winery; Owner & Winemaker, Calder Wine Company; and Vineyard Manager at Tres Sabores.
Episode Four | Jason Haas, Partner & General Manager, Tablas Creek Vineyard and Bob Linquist, Bien Nacido Vineyard, and Sawyer Lindquist Vineyard.
Episode Five | Hardy Wallace, Owner, and Winemaker, Dirty and Rowdy Family Winery and Steve Edmunds, Winemaker & Owner of Edmunds St. John.
Episode Six | Randall Grahm, Founder, and Winemaker, Bonny Doon Vineyard.
Available on California Wines YouTube Channel