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Friday Getaway Day
An Oasis In The Russian River Valley: Paradise Ridge Winery

Days in the wine country are never relaxing for me. It is all go-go-go. Time to smell the wine? Yes. Time to smell the roses or admire the lavender or wander around shops and galleries? Rarely. But, I have a secret. I try to end those hectic days with visits to wineries whose ambiance is comfortable and whose surroundings are easy on the eyes and good for the soul. The Paradise Ridge Winery, tucked away behind housing subdivisions and office complexes in the hills north and east of Santa Rosa is just such a place. It is a vinous oasis hidden behind an urban landscape at the intersection of city and country, and it is where I have more than once ended a long day of serious tasting in the Russian River Valley with a relaxing sitdown on the patio, a tour around the winery’s small but interesting wine museum or a contemplative stroll through the amazing sculpture garden set serenely amidst trees and glens.

Almost every trip to a winery for someone in my profession is an official visit. Paradise Ridge is a place I visit unannounced because I like it. And it is because Paradise Ridge is so very special that it gets full marks from me. After finding the long driveway to the winery and pulling off what is an ordinary suburban street, the road leads up and down hill until it reaches the sculpture garden and then, just down the road, the attractive winery itself. The tasting room is pleasant enough, and the wines are good, but the key to any visit to Paradise Ridge is the grounds. The lovely sitting space outside the winery invites you to relax, and the sculpture, whether you walk back down from the winery or stop off on your way to or fro, is worth the price of admission itself. For a more complete discussion of the sculpture garden, click on the following link:

Paradise Ridge Winery
4545 Thomas Lake Harris Drive
Santa Rosa, California

Comments on News of The Day

The British newspaper, the Telegraph, carries the following report:

“Millions of Britons are pretending to be wine buffs but make basic mistakes in pronunciation and knowledge at restaurants such as complaining that ''the red wine is warm''. Most common faux pas include mispronunciation of brands or wines including saying out loud the T in Pinot Noir according to a recent poll by a pub restaurant operator. Ten per cent of people have complained that the waiter hasn't poured them enough wine, when the intention was for them to taste it.

One in twenty Britons have even asked for a slice of lemon in their wine glass according to the poll of 3000 adults. The most common wine to mispronounce was Semillon – with Brits saying it as it's spelled opposed to 'Seh-Mee-Yhon'. Sixteen per cent of people who completed the poll said they often just order a bottle of expensive wine just so it looks like they know their wine, when they haven't a clue what they're actually drinking.

Other wine clangers have included five per cent of the nation vigorously swirling the wine around in the glass to allow it to breathe but then embarrassingly spilling it over themselves. The poll also revealed one in twenty have moaned to a waiter that the wine is corked not realizing it came from a screw-top bottle”.

Our Comment: We are sure glad we never did any of that—well, at least not most of it most of the time.


Paradise Ridge
by Mark Frost
Posted on:9/10/2010 11:03:35 AM
Thanks for the tip. We get to Santa Rosa out of Seattle occasionally (thank you Horizon Air) and will add this stop.

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