Pride Moutain Vineyards (Tasting #24)


I read the information and got sidetracked from wine tasting. “Return their hospitality” is a good phrase. It is one of those things one cannot understand unless you are in the business. The general meaning has no value in such cases. Wine (agricultural) people can be very cool people not because they try to wine and dine you on occasion but because they can be very gracious people. That is a big change from the many suits lurking around you daily selling wine and what not. This tasting is important to me in the sense that wine has its own culture. Terroir in Old World terminology also refers to people. Being close to the Earth can have a unique effect on the individuals. I am sure the wines are good. Sometimes the people make all the difference. I have to make a mental note to myself before I forget this: Wine culture has a people dimension, that is tremondous in effect, but not about eating, drinking or business. I guess it is about people who got absorbed by the life of the wine and somehow got lost in that dimension. They can be very cool people compared to the rest of us. I don’t know the people of this tasting. My musings are general comments but am sure them and the wines are swell.

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Pride Mountain Vineyards
With Steve Pride and Stuart Bryan
Host:
Ferry Plaza Wine Merchant
Type:
Party – Bar Night
Network:
Global
Price:
$38
Date:
Wednesday, September 16, 2009
Time:
4:30pm – 7:30pm
Location:
Ferry Plaza Wine Merchant
Street:
One Ferry Building, Shop 23
City/Town:
San Francisco, CA

Join us Wednesday, September 16th, from 4:30-7:30pm, when we welcome Steve Pride, General Manager and Co-Owner, and Stuart Bryan, Family Member to our Wine Bar. It is Pride family night at Ferry Plaza Wine Merchant. Carolyn Pride is the matriarch of this historic Napa Valley wine family, Steve is her son and Stuart is her son-in-law. Agriculture is in the Pride family’s blood. The Prides purchased the historic Summit Ranch in 1989. Quality has been the hallmark of this landmark winery on top of Spring Mountain on the boundary of Napa and Sonoma Counties. It’s a long and winding road up Spring Mountain, and the Prides have always made sure it was worth the trip once you arrive. The views are spectacular, the setting is sublime, the facility is top notch, the wines are terrific, but it is the genuine warmth and friendliness you feel as you walk through the door that sets them apart.

Join us to help welcome Steve Pride and Stuart Bryan to Ferry Plaza Wine Merchant as we attempt to return their great hospitality. You can hear from Steve’s own words their lovely family history working with the land, speak to Stuart about their visitor friendly tasting room, and ask them just about any question that pops in your mind. You can do all this with several glasses of fabulous Pride Mountain wines sitting in front of you, including their rare Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon.

****AS A SPECIAL FEATURE MOST WINES SERVED ON PRODUCER FLIGHT NIGHT WILL BE ON SALE FOR THAT NIGHT ONLY AT A 15% DISCOUNT TO THOSE WHO PURCHASE A FLIGHT!!! THE ONLY EXCEPTION IS THE VERY RARE PRIDE RESERVE CABERNET SAUVIGNON.

The featured wines are served as two ounce glasses. If you would like a full glass just ask your bartender. The wines will also be available for retail purchase while supplies last.

The cost of the flight will be $38 and will feature the following wines:

2008 Pride Mountain Viognier, Sonoma County
Retail $42, 5oz. glass $13.75

2007 Pride Mountain Cabernet Franc, Sonoma County
Retail $60, 5oz. glass $18.25

2006 Pride Mountain Syrah, Sonoma County
Retail $60, 5oz. glass $18.25

2006 Pride Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon, 70% Napa /30% Sonoma
Retail $66, 5oz. glass $19.75

2005 Pride Mountain Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley
Retail $125, 5oz. glass $34.50

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