Russian Ridge Winery

Russian Ridge Winery Tasting Room Hours for outdoor tasting due to COVID-19
Saturday 1pm -5pm
Sunday 11am - 4pm
919 Washngton St. San Carlos, Ca. 94070 We are a small two generation family owned boutique winery.
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We started volunteering with Duane Cronin @ Cronin Winery in 1997. I have also helped our good friends Valerie and Steve Jones make wine from their Chardonnay vineyard since 2000. We started making wine for ourselves in 2003 in our home. We acquired our Bond in 2011. As our passion became professional, we moved into a shared space with our host winery Cuvee. By 2014 our production was large enough

We started volunteering with Duane Cronin @ Cronin Winery in 1997. I have also helped our good friends Valerie and Steve Jones make wine from their Chardonnay vineyard since 2000. We started making wine for ourselves in 2003 in our home. We acquired our Bond in 2011. As our passion became professional, we moved into a shared space with our host winery Cuvee. By 2014 our production was large enough

Operating as usual

Weekends are for wine tasting!Saturday until 5 pmSunday 11 am - 4 pm
07/24/2021

Weekends are for wine tasting!
Saturday until 5 pm
Sunday 11 am - 4 pm

Weekends are for wine tasting!
Saturday until 5 pm
Sunday 11 am - 4 pm

We are open for tasting until 5 pm! See you soon!
07/17/2021

We are open for tasting until 5 pm! See you soon!

We are open for tasting until 5 pm! See you soon!

Happy Friday! See you this weekend!Sat 1-5 pmSun 11 - 4 pm
07/16/2021

Happy Friday! See you this weekend!

Sat 1-5 pm
Sun 11 - 4 pm

Happy Friday! See you this weekend!

Sat 1-5 pm
Sun 11 - 4 pm

Koko here to tell you all about these barrels for sale at RRW.Buy more and save more!1 = $702 = $1303 = $180Yes, we can ...
04/17/2021

Koko here to tell you all about these barrels for sale at RRW.
Buy more and save more!
1 = $70
2 = $130
3 = $180
Yes, we can cut them in half for use as gardening planters.
Please call us ahead of time for barrel orders with cut barrels.
1(650)851-9690

These barrels are rolling out the door faster then my latest tennis ball 🎾 so grab a pair while supplies last.
I will be graciously accepting tips in the form of chin rubs 😋 all day Saturday.

Koko 🐾

Koko here to tell you all about these barrels for sale at RRW.
Buy more and save more!
1 = $70
2 = $130
3 = $180
Yes, we can cut them in half for use as gardening planters.
Please call us ahead of time for barrel orders with cut barrels.
1(650)851-9690

These barrels are rolling out the door faster then my latest tennis ball 🎾 so grab a pair while supplies last.
I will be graciously accepting tips in the form of chin rubs 😋 all day Saturday.

Koko 🐾

Spring time is here! So begins Spencer's struggle to keep birds out of the vineyard. Tasting room is open Saturdays 1:00...
03/20/2021

Spring time is here! So begins Spencer's struggle to keep birds out of the vineyard. Tasting room is open Saturdays 1:00 to 5:00 p.m. and Sundays 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Spring time is here! So begins Spencer's struggle to keep birds out of the vineyard. Tasting room is open Saturdays 1:00 to 5:00 p.m. and Sundays 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

One year of social distancing equals about this much wine. Restock your home cellar in our tasting room on Saturday 1 - ...
03/13/2021

One year of social distancing equals about this much wine. Restock your home cellar in our tasting room on Saturday 1 - 5 pm and Sunday 11 am - 4 pm.

One year of social distancing equals about this much wine. Restock your home cellar in our tasting room on Saturday 1 - 5 pm and Sunday 11 am - 4 pm.

🚨New Tasting Hours🚨Saturday 1-5 pm and Sunday 11 am - 4 pm! The new hours align us closer with the Sunday farmer's marke...
03/06/2021

🚨New Tasting Hours🚨
Saturday 1-5 pm and Sunday 11 am - 4 pm! The new hours align us closer with the Sunday farmer's market!

🚨New Tasting Hours🚨
Saturday 1-5 pm and Sunday 11 am - 4 pm! The new hours align us closer with the Sunday farmer's market!

We are open for outdoor tasting Saturday and Sunday from 12 to 4 pm! #purpletier #purpletongue
01/30/2021

We are open for outdoor tasting Saturday and Sunday from 12 to 4 pm! #purpletier #purpletongue

We are open for outdoor tasting Saturday and Sunday from 12 to 4 pm! #purpletier #purpletongue

Check out the latest newsletter about the upcoming wine club month! https://mailchi.mp/5ac01e5a759f/russian-ridge-wine-c...
01/29/2021
Russian Ridge Wine Club

Check out the latest newsletter about the upcoming wine club month!
https://mailchi.mp/5ac01e5a759f/russian-ridge-wine-club-700643

Happy new year, fans! We want to start by saying thank you to our club members. We sincerely could not persist through this inhospitable economy without you. Regardless of what the authorities say, we consider you all to be essential to us! In keeping with tradition, we'd like to offer you the chanc...

Mug life ain’t easy
01/27/2021

Mug life ain’t easy

Mug life ain’t easy

We will definitely enter the Competition next year.
01/19/2021

We will definitely enter the Competition next year.

2017 Russian Ridge Winery Cabernet Franc from the City of San Carlos??

The Winery

Russian Ridge Winery is family owned producing less than 1,000 cases of wine annually. They are located at 919 Washington St. San Carlos. Not your typical urban winery. Their fruit comes from single vineyards around northern California from areas like Paso Robles, Santa Cruz Mountains and even portions of southern Santa Clara County. Most of their wines are done in small lots from 40 to 200 cases. Scott Townsend owner and winemaker, embraces a California winemaker Shawna’s saying “that grapes care where they are grown, not where they are fermented into wine”. Today his son Spencer is the winemaker.

2017 Russian Ridge Winery Cabernet Franc, Santa Cruz Mountains

Having tasted his Concerto blend using Cabernet Franc, figured it would be an enjoyable wine. First on the eyes, a deep red coloring with earthy brown hues. On the nose, aromas of cherry and black fruits, like blackberry were prominent. On the palate, some unique flavors of black tea, bramble brush, and dark fruits. The acidity and tannins were extremely tame on the finish with no sharp edges. The lingering flavor profile of natural oak and an earthy quality on a smooth and mid-lasting finish made this a wonderful sipping wine.

The wine was aged nineteen months in new 100% air dried American oak. This wine is 14.4% alcohol and comes from the Monte Bello vineyard in the Santa Cruz Mountains.

Scott did not enter the National Cabernet Franc Wine Competition this year sponsored by California Wines and Wineries, but with this solid wine, I fully expect him to enter for 2021.

A footnote: The city of San Carlos and Russian Ridge Winery has a list of urban wineries springing up locally. Worth checking out if they are all as high quality as Russian Ridge Winery!

Sláinte,
Michael
https://californiawinesandwineries.com
http://www.russianridgewinery.com

Start the new year right!
01/02/2021

Start the new year right!

Start the new year right!

Season's greetings from Russian Ridge! This weekend our tasting room is closed for a holiday break. We will resume curb ...
12/26/2020

Season's greetings from Russian Ridge! This weekend our tasting room is closed for a holiday break. We will resume curb side pick up next weekend. Cheers!

We are honored.
12/22/2020

We are honored.

My Best California Wines Tasted in 2020

2020 was by all standards an unusual and strange year with fires and Covid-19. While I am generally fortunate enough to taste and appreciate over 1600+ wines, this year with Stay at Home, fires, etc., I was only able to taste about 1200+ wines. This list roughly represents the top 6% of those wines. I have broken it out by price point, those $50 and under and those $51 and up—-something for everyone! The picks also span almost the entire state AVA’s and sub-AVA’s. I believe whole heartily and stand by these picks. There were many other very good and solid wines, but these "stood out" in the crowd

No matter which category, each wine listed will enhance your tasting experience. These wines represent some of best quality for California wines. Most can be purchased at the winery only and are based upon availability. On the California Wines and Wineries website (not blog) you can put the name of the wine/winery in the search engine and most have stories associated with each wine for a deeper dive.

During the year I have kept meticulous notes on each wine tasted and hope you enjoy these selections in the coming year. Wishing you a wonderful New Year and that 2021 be prosperous, meaningful and find you in good health.

Sláinte,
Michael
https://californiawinesandwineries.com

My Best Wines of the Year $50 and less

2018 Tenbrink Chardonnay
2018 Tolenas Sauvignon Blanc
2018 Coquecicot Chenin Blanc
2014, 2015 Shale Canyon Cabernet Franc
2017 LangeTwins Petite Sirah 100 Vineyard
2018 Wood Family Vineyards Chardonnay
2018 Lavender Ridge Roussanne
2014, 2016 Zuidema Wines Grenache
2016 3 Steve’s Cabernet Franc Cienega Valley
2016 Allegorie Tempranillo
2017 Stringer Cellars Syrah Harrison Clark
2018 Dave’s Porch Wines Sauvignon Blanc
2018 Cuda Ridge Winery Sauvignon Blanc
2013 LangeTwins Teroldego
2016 Arroyo Cellars Zinfandel Dry Creek
2019 Arroyo Cellars Chardonnay
2016, 2017 Cuda Ridge Winery Cabernet Franc
2017 Wood Family Vineyards Petite Sirah
2016 Prie Old Vine Zinfandel
2016 Rapp Ranch Chardonnay
2016 Val Du Vino Spanish Dragon (Tempranillo)
2016 Dracaena Cabernet Franc Reserve
2016 Kenefick Ranch Cabernet Franc Catlins Select
2017 Crocker & Starr Sauvignon Blanc
2015 Jessie’s Grove Carignane
2016 Casino Mine Ranch Marcel Tempranillo
2018 Wood Family Against the Grain Red Blend (Bourbon Barrel)
2016 Yorkville Cellars Petit Verdot
2016 Yorkville Cellars Carmenere
2017 Cuda Ridge Winery Malbec
2018 Cuda Ridge Winery Carmenere
2018 Acquiesce Picpoul Blanc
2015 Tate Wine Company Merlot
2019 Acquiesce Clairette Blanche
2019 Acquiesce Ingenue
2016 Jeff Runquist Petite Sirah Reserve
2017 Borjon Petite Sirah
2017 Leisure Street Cabernet Franc
2019 Acquiesce Bourboulene
2015 Russian Ridge Concerto (blend)
2017 Silenus Cabernet Franc
2016 Rosa Fierro Cellars Cabernet Franc

My Best Wines of the Year $51 and up

2009, 2010 Lineage Collection blend
2011 Crocker & Starr Stone Place Cabernet Sauvignon
2010 Steven Kent Winery Premier Cabernet Sauvignon
2016 Outpost Howell Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon
2014 Crocker & Starr Casili 7 blend
2010, 2015 O’Shaughnessy Howell Mtn Cabernet Sauvignon
2017 Frog’s Tooth Alicante Bouschet
2016 Tenbrink Petite Sirah
2010 Nickel & Nickel Branding Iron Cabernet Sauvignon
2009, 2010 Larkmead LMV Salon blend
2010 Shadybrook Estate Cabernet Sauvignon
2008, 2010 Detert Winery Cabernet Franc
2009 Larkmead Solari Cabernet Sauvignon
2012 YoungInglewood Cabernet Sauvignon
2006, 2007, 2010 Robert Mondavi Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve
2017 Outpost Grenache
2016 J. Davies Malbec
2016 YoungInglewood Cabernet Franc
2014 Arkenstone NVD Cabernet Sauvignon
2009, 2010 O’Shaughnessy Cabernet Sauvignon Mt Veeder
2014 St Rose Winery Pinot Noir Ten Block
2016 Steven Kent Winery Cabernet Franc
2016 Vinoce Cabernet Franc Mt Veeder
2017, 2018 Maritana La Riviere Chardonnay
2018 Terminim Cepages d’ Or Blend
2010 Skipstone Cabernet Sauvignon Fault Vineyard
2008 Oakville East Cabernet Sauvignon Exposure
2013 Rapp Ranch Cutter’s Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon
2015 Hindsight Cabernet Sauvignon Howell Mountain
2013 Mira Cabernet Franc
2014 YoungInglewood Malbec
2010 Justin Isosceles Reserve blend
2018 Austin Hope Cabernet Sauvignon
2015, 2017 Duckhorn Merlot Three Palms
2010 Mountain Terraces Lex Cabernet Sauvignon
2017 Shadybrook Cabernet Franc
2017 Hunter Glenn Estate Cabernet Franc
2018 Brecon Cabernet Franc
2016 PrueCru Winery Cabernet Franc
2016 Palazzo Cabernet Franc
2017 Diamond Mountain Vineyard Cabernet Franc

Thanks for the kind words Michael. Glad you enjoyed our wine.
12/20/2020

Thanks for the kind words Michael. Glad you enjoyed our wine.

2015 Russian Ridge Concerto Blend

The Winery

Russian Ridge Winery is family owned producing less than 1,000 cases of wine annually. They are located at 919 Washington St. San Carlos. Not your typical urban winery. Their fruit comes from single vineyards around northern California from areas like Paso Robles, Santa Cruz Mountains and even portions of southern Santa Clara County. Most of their wines are done in small lots from 40 to 200 cases. Scott Townsend owner and winemaker, embraces a California winemaker Shawna’s saying “that grapes care where they are grown, not where they are fermented into wine”. Scott made this 2015 wine and today his son Spencer is the winemaker.

The 2015 Russian Ridge Concerto Blend

This wine is from the Santa Cruz Mountains and a blend of 53% Merlot, 20% Cabernet Sauvignon, 14% Cabernet Franc, 7% Malbec and 6% Petit Verdot. The Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot came out of Therese Vineyards and Cabernet Franc out of Copper Garrod and the Petit Verdot and Malbec out of Mannstand Vineyards just north of San Ysidro district in Santa Clara.

On the eyes a very deep crimson and medium viscosity. This “Bordeaux blend” possessed all the key characteristics of a top notch blend. Dark cherry and blackberry are the first aromas that waft into nose. On the palate, the fruits come fully forward along with coffee, vanilla and a faint black licorice. The finish is both soft and silky (Merlot), but still has a firm edginess (Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc). It provided a long lasting crescendo with its structure, tannins, minerality and acidity. At the San Francisco International Wine Competition it received Double Gold and 94 points. Only 202 cases were produced. It is isted at $40 on their website.

The Food & Wine Pairing

Last evening dinner was a slow cooker beef and broccoli. A flank steak thinly sliced and combined with soy sauce, brown sugar, beef broth, sesame oil, Sriracha, garlic and green onions. Cooked on low for 4 hours hours. Just before being served steamed broccoli combined in serving bowl, topped off with sesame seeds. The meal was spicy and tangy, so wanted a “mellower wine” to counter balance the heat of the beef. This was an excellent wine to pair with this delicious dish.

A footnote: San Carlos has a list of urban wineries springing up. Worth checking out if they are all as high quality as Russian Ridge Winery!

Sláinte,
Michael
https://californiawinesandwineries.com
http://www.russianridgewinery.com

Wine sale! Take 40% off the Holiday Collection! With #chardonnay #pinotnoir and #merlot there is something for everyone!...
12/19/2020

Wine sale! Take 40% off the Holiday Collection! With #chardonnay #pinotnoir and #merlot there is something for everyone! Open 2-4 pm Saturday and Sunday for pickup!

In accordance with the latest COVID guidelines, we will open the carry-out window from 2-4 pm for to go orders today and...
12/19/2020

In accordance with the latest COVID guidelines, we will open the carry-out window from 2-4 pm for to go orders today and tomorrow. Stay tuned for this weekend's sale!

We are open this weekend, Saturday and Sunday from 12 - 4 pm. Come by and pick up wine and gifts!
12/12/2020

We are open this weekend, Saturday and Sunday from 12 - 4 pm. Come by and pick up wine and gifts!

Holiday cheer available at Russian Ridge Winery! Open 12-4 pm. 🍷🎁🎅🎄🕎🍾🥂🕯️
12/06/2020

Holiday cheer available at Russian Ridge Winery! Open 12-4 pm. 🍷🎁🎅🎄🕎🍾🥂🕯️

Small business, big mess. Shop local this holiday season!#russianridgewinery #smallbusiness #smallbusinesssaturday #fami...
11/28/2020

Small business, big mess.
Shop local this holiday season!

#russianridgewinery #smallbusiness #smallbusinesssaturday #familybusiness #localbusiness #laundryfordays #purple

A big thank you goes out to San Carlo Chamber of Commerce for working so hard with the Industrial Arts community to brin...
11/20/2020

A big thank you goes out to San Carlo Chamber of Commerce for working so hard with the Industrial Arts community to bring the Farmers Market to our area. Russian Ridge is proud to be a part of the San Carlos Industrial Arts community.
A great opportunity to find those perfect bottles of wine to pair with this special Thanksgiving dinner. They age well so save time and pick up your Christmas wines as well....then again there is New Years so.........
Only the best of the Holiday Season to everyone.

Don't miss the last Sunday of the 2020 Farmers' Market season! We hope to see you there!

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This guy has is made in the shade! If you haven't already, check out our canopy and take a break from the sun!Wine tasti...
10/18/2020

This guy has is made in the shade! If you haven't already, check out our canopy and take a break from the sun!

Wine tasting today through 4 pm.

#russianridgewinery #winetasting #winetime #endlesssummer #california #sundayfunday

We are open for wine tasting! Enjoy this warm afternoon outside our tasting room!Saturday 12 - 4 pmSunday 11 am - 4 pm#r...
10/17/2020

We are open for wine tasting! Enjoy this warm afternoon outside our tasting room!

Saturday 12 - 4 pm
Sunday 11 am - 4 pm

#russianridgewinery

We are open now!
10/11/2020

We are open now!

Missing the San Carlos Art & Wine Faire this weekend?

Then join us this Sunday, October 11 as we toast to what would’ve been the Faire’s 30th Anniversary!

Raise a glass to our favorite Fall tradition at one of your favorite wineries or breweries, such as Cuvee Wine Cellars, Russian Ridge Winery, Flying Suitcase Wines, Domenico Winery, or Devil's Canyon Brewing Co.- all open and within walking distance from the San Carlos Farmers' Market.

If you're feeling hungry, be sure to browse the menu at Domenico's new Osteria - they have the perfect bites to pair with a glass of wine!

We hope to see you there! 🥂

San Carlos Chamber of Commerce

A sight for sore eyes! We are open for tasting! Join us in the parklet for a flight of delish wines!#russianridgewinery ...
10/03/2020

A sight for sore eyes! We are open for tasting! Join us in the parklet for a flight of delish wines!

#russianridgewinery #winetasting

This weekend is your last chance to take advantage of the Mystery Case Sale! $250 gets you 12 bottles of Russian Ridge w...
09/26/2020

This weekend is your last chance to take advantage of the Mystery Case Sale! $250 gets you 12 bottles of Russian Ridge wines! We are open for curbside pick up Saturday 2 - 4 pm and Sunday 10 am - 4 pm.

We are already open serving that Sunday farmers market crowd! Come get some wine!#russianridgewinery #sundayfunday #farm...
09/13/2020

We are already open serving that Sunday farmers market crowd! Come get some wine!

#russianridgewinery #sundayfunday #farmersmarket

Pick up hours: Saturday from 2 - 4 pm and Sunday from 10 am - 4 pm. Make sure to check out the farmers market around the...
09/11/2020

Pick up hours: Saturday from 2 - 4 pm and Sunday from 10 am - 4 pm. Make sure to check out the farmers market around the corner!

#russianridgewinery #farmersmarket #weekendplans

Great news! The San Carlos Farmer's Market is right around the corner from us! We'll open early at 10 am this Sunday - j...
09/06/2020

Great news! The San Carlos Farmer's Market is right around the corner from us! We'll open early at 10 am this Sunday - just like the market - to help you shop for groceries and wine!

We are VERY excited!!!

THE SAN CARLOS FARMERS' MARKET RETURNS SEPTEMBER 6 TO A NEW LOCATION!

We are excited to announce the return of the Farmers Market on Sunday, September 6, 10 am to 2 pm.

The Market is moving to the Industrial Arts District:
Bayport Avenue at Varian Street

Great parking on Bing Street!

We thank the City of San Carlos for supporting this move so we can bring back our beloved farmers market. With the restaurants allowed to serve in the street, we are so pleased to find a new location by right by our amazing wineries and Devil's Canyon Brewing Co.!

Your favorite vendors will be there!

NO DOGS ALLOWED, AND STRICT COVID 19 GUIDELINES WILL BE IMPLEMENTED, INCLUDING ALL CUSTOMERS MUST WEAR A MASK AT ALL TIMES!

Address

919 Washington St
San Carlos, CA
94070

Opening Hours

Saturday 13:00 - 17:00
Sunday 11:00 - 16:00

Telephone

(650) 851-9690

Products

2011 Santa Cruz Mountains Syrah
2011 Santa Clara Valley Merlot
Sold out 2011 Concerto
2011 Santa Cruz Mountains Cabernet Sauvignon
2011 Paso Robles Petite Sirah

2012 Napa Chardonnay
2012 Santa Cruz Mountains Pinot Noir
2012 Santa Cruz Mountains Syrah
2012 Santa Clara Valley Merlot
2012 Bordeaux Blend Concerto
2012 Santa Cruz Mountains Cabernet Sauvignon
2012 Paso Robles Petite Sirah

2013 Fiddletown Zinfandel
2013 Santa Cruz Mnts. Concerto
2013 Santa Cruz Mnts. Pinot Noir
2013 Santa Clara Valley Merlot
2013 Santa Cruz Mnts. Cabernet Sauvignon
2013 Paso Robles Petite Sirah
NV North Coast Sparkling
NV California Forte

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