pine ridge vineyardsThis interview is with Michael Beaulac, the winemaker at Pine Ridge Vineyards. Pine Ridge, located in Napa Valley, has been producing great wine since 1978.

Thank you Michael! And special thanks also goes out to Dylan Elliot, Pine Ridge’s E-Marketing Coordinator, for helping put together this interview.

1. What is the history of your winery?

Established in 1978, Pine Ridge Vineyards produces classically proportioned, expressive wines that embody their history and distinct place of origin.

Pine Ridge founder Gary Andrus, inspired by the illustrious wines of Bordeaux, believed in the Napa Valley’s potential to produce wines of similar stature. He planted the property’s original namesake vineyard on a steeply terraced hillside flanked by a dramatic ridgeline of pine trees in the Stags Leap District. Gary’s pioneering efforts with this first vineyard were met with tremendous success as the Bordeaux varietals he planted – Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Malbec, Petit Verdot – thrived and produced wines of great distinction. In the following years, Pine Ridge continued to acquire exceptional vineyard sites across the region. Today, the Estate’s 200-acres span over five renowned Napa Valley appellations – Stags Leap District, Rutherford, Oakville, Carneros and Howell Mountain.

2. What wines do you specialize in?

We focus on Cabernet and Bordeaux-style blends, and also produce handcrafted Chardonnay.

3. What is unique about your winery?

We own 200 acres of estate vineyards across 5 renowned Napa Valley AVAs, and we make wines from each of these AVAs. Not many other Napa wineries have this depth and variety of vineyard holdings.

4. What makes a great bottle of wine?

A great bottle of wine is one that after you take a sip you stop and really think about the wine. It’s origin, it’s style the beauty in the bottle.

5. Where do you think the wine industry is heading?

The industry is becoming more and more global. We in the US are drinking more imports from both the “old world” and the “new world”. Just look at what is happening with Argentina and Malbec. On the other side, the US wine industry is exporting more wine every month. Overall, I believe that this is good for everyone’s business.