Last weekend The Wine Badger celebrated his and Mrs. Badger wedding anniversary by scampering off for a weekend away to one of the South East's prettiest fishing villages, Rye. Unsurprisingly fine wines were quaffed and tasty dishes guzzled as we revelled in the freedom of a couple of days away from the two Badger cubs. The first night we dined at The George Grill and, always on the look out for a wine list error, The Badger was immmediately confronted by a little gem. UK wine merchant Roberson are currently offering Ridge Geyserville 2008 at £36.95 and there it was on a restaurant wine list (in a hotel too) at a paltry £40. Not cheap, I grant you, but keeping in mind the occasion and the lack of hefty mark-up that had been afforded the rest of the wines on the list it was impossible for The Wine Badger to keep his grubby paws off it.
Ridge Geyserville 2008 California, USA Liquorice, sherbet dip. Sweet raspberry and dust. Intense, yet fresh on the palate. Sweet cherry, a little boozy, but so, so soft. Chocolate. Excellent concentration. Long, but requires better grip. A naughty treat. October 2012