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The Northern California Ritz-Carlton, Half Moon Bay Invites Guests for a Getaway Tasting Experience at Ridge Vineyard

HALF MOON BAY, Calif. -- August 25, 2016 – The Ritz-Carlton, Half Moon Bay invites guests to experience the number one winery in America with an exclusive private tasting and tour for two at Ridge Vineyard’s Monte Bello Estate. Nestled high up in the northern reaches of the Santa Cruz Mountains and surrounded by historic vineyards, Monte Bello offers guests an unparalleled opportunity to experience exceptional single-vineyard wines including the Monte Bello Cabernet Sauvignon.

The two-hour private tasting experience includes a tour of the vineyard where guests will see the petite verdot, merlot, and cabernet vines, as well as the historic knoll covered with 66-year-old cabernet sauvignon vines. A dedicated host presents a customized five-wine flight and library pour of Monte Bello, which also includes the most current vintage. A plated cheese and tapenade plate completes the experience.

Starting at $805 per night, the Ridge Vineyards Experience includes:

  • Overnight accommodations in a coastal view guestroom at The Ritz-Carlton, Half MoonBay
  • Reservations for an exclusive private tasting for two at Monte Bello Estate (Monday through Friday only)
  • Daily breakfast for two in the comfort of your guestroom or in Navio
  • A complimentary welcome glass of wine upon check in at the resort
  • Overnight valet parking and resort fee

In February 2016, the 2012 Monte Bello Cabernet Sauvignon took top honors during a 40th anniversary blind tasting that included current vintages of the 10 original red wines from the Judgment of Paris. Winemaker tasting notes for the 2012 Monte Bello Cabernet Sauvignon: “Saturated ruby. Ripe cassis, blackberry, violets, licorice, wet stone, oak spice. Strong blackberry fruit on entry; superb full body; structured, velvety tannins; toasty oak; crushed-limestone minerals; long, intense finish.”

In 1886, the initial plantings of the Monte Bello Estate Vineyard were set out and winery construction begun. A first vintage from the young vines followed in 1892. During Prohibition, the vineyard was not fully maintained; some vines survived into the late 30s, but by the 1940s they were effectively abandoned. Eight acres of cabernet sauvignon were replanted in 1949 and these were the source of the first Ridge Monte Bello (1962). Since then, the historic vineyards on the ridge have gradually been replanted.

The Ridge Vineyard Experience is valid through December 31, 2016 and is subject to availability. Rate is per room, per night, based on single or double occupancy, exclusive of taxes, gratuities, fees and other charges; does not apply to groups; cannot be combined with any other offer and is not applicable for Rewards redemption. Advanced reservations are required. No refund or credit for unused portion. Void where prohibited.