Ridge Vineyards

Paul Draper to retire

Ridge Vineyards’ winemaker and chief executive, Paul Draper, is set to retire from the Santa Cruz estate it has been announced.

Paul Draper: Great wines are made with very straightforward techniques

Paul Draper of California’s Ridge Vineyards talks to Patrick Schmitt about his non-interventionist approach; why American oak can be superior to French, and his reasons for adopting ingredient labelling.

Five wines you never knew were ‘natural’

We round up a handful of wines that are delicious, varied, and do without any manipulative cellar techniques – but don’t class themselves as “natural”.

American oak not inferior to French

A Rioja masterclass in London proved that, despite the greater expense, French oak doesn’t always give better results than American barrels.

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