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Wine Enthusiast Magazine - The Insider's Guide to California


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Wineguys Radio and Middle Ridge Winery | Part 1
Wineguys Radio and Middle Ridge Winery | Part 2
Wineguys said, "Chris Johnston, Owner, Winemaker etc etc (he cleans floors also) called into the show to talk Temecula and wine and we greatly appreciate him doing so because we learned something….ok we learned a lot! Middle Ridge Winery: The friendliness of the small town inspired Chris to bring people together through the enjoyment of handcrafted, artisan Idyllwild wine. He traveled to vineyards all over California in search of the perfect grapes for Middle Ridge Winery. Today, the wine is made in Temecula, and the original Innovation Lab in Idyllwild continues to be the source of new ideas. A down-to-earth approach to wine and the people who enjoy it makes Middle Ridge wine the perfect match for every conversation."


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Culver City Restaurants: Ever heard of Middle Ridge Winery? | Culver City Restaurant Examiner
There are many wine bars and restaurants in Culver City. They feature an outstanding array of vintages, and I’ve enjoyed many that I’ve sampled at these places. But I’m always excited when I’m exposed to new wines, and I’m here to tell you a bit about a small winery in Idyllwild-Middle Ridge Winery.


Middle Ridge Winery | Wine and Jazz
John Pizzarelli, Rockin” In Rhythm: A Tribute To Duke Ellington paired with Middle Ridge Pinot Grigio, Temecula Valley, 2008.


Middle Ridge Winery | Vine Times
Middle Ridge’s philosophy is simple: to have a conversation with everyone who comes in contact with the winery.


Middle Ridge Wines now being sold in Idyllwild | Idyll Awhile Wine Shoppe
Idyll Awhile is located in the town center area, surrounded by art galleries and quaint gift shops. The store promotes local vintners by offering wine tasting for the brands it sells, such as a rich Syrah from Idyllwild's Middle Ridge.


• Middle Ridge wines win awards | 34th Annual OC Fair & Event Center Commercial Wine Competition
This year 2,918 wines were judged by 87 professional winemakers and/or winery principals
2006 Meritage - Bronze
2006 Syrah - Bronze
2008 Pinot Grigio - Silver
2008 Sauvignon Blanc, Temecula Valley - Silver


• Middle Ridge wines win awards | 2010 Riverside Wine Competition
For 29 years, the Riverside International Wine Competition has provided consumers and the wine industry with carefully considered results of a blind tasting by professional wine evaluators.
2006 Meritage - Bronze
2006 Syrah - Bronze


Idyllwild man creates award-winning wines | The Press Enterprise
Mixing scientific method with personal taste, winemaker Chris Johnston experiments with fruit fermentation at his Middle Ridge Road home in Idyllwild.


The Mad Scientist of Idyllwild | WINEormous.com
He’s called the “Mad Scientist” for a good reason. He loves chemistry. He’s passionate about making wine and the proof is in the bottles from Middle Ridge Winery.


• So, you can clearly see when Andrea is maintaining our site versus Chris.
- Chris Johnston

Middle Ridge Winery | Taste of temecula
The Taste of Temecula staff was fortunate enough to meet up with Melody and Chris Johnston owners of Middle Ridge Winery, at The Wine Collective.


Middle Ridge Winery 2006 Meritage | Taste of Temecula
Before you open a bottle of Middle Ridge wine, read the back label. There is always an interesting story in the from of a conversation to introduce you to the wine that you are about to enjoy.


The Spring 2010 Newsletter is up!


Pinot Grigio to be featured in Wine & Jazz magazine!
FYI, the Middle Ridge Pinot Grigio is going to be featured in a CD pairing in the July issue of Wine & Jazz magazine!


Inland Empire 2010 Wine Awards Edition features two of our wines!
We are pleased to announce that the 2006 Pinot Grigio and Syrah will be featured in Inland Empire 2010 Wine Awards Edition! Out on newsstands March 22nd. Want to read the entire article? Here it is: 2010 Inland Empire Wine Awards


The Winter 2009-2010 Newsletter is up!