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Cavallo Point's Wine Spectator Grand Award-winning wine list is comprised of over 2,200 selections from 25 countries, with vintages dating back to 1922. Like many of the world’s great wines, our list is created to reflect a sense of place. Cavallo Point sits at the gateway to California’s venerable North Coast, home to some of the world’s most renowned wine-growing regions. Our list celebrates the history of wine in California, and presents a vision of where it is going. From the state’s legendary wineries that laid the foundation, and the cult wines driving the mystique, to the small production, artisanal producers who are pushing the envelope of quality, we strive to tell the true story of wine in California.


Ridge Vineyards

Featured Winery
Ridge Vineyards

“At Cavallo Point, we adore sharing beautiful wines produced locally and afar. Each month we highlight the wines that are drinking wonderfully from a certain producer. Throughout October we will be highlighting the wines from Ridge Vineyards, including both current releases and perfectly aged selections, by the glass and by the bottle. Ridge has a long history of having incredible vineyards, a legendary winemaker and luscious wines. We hope you will stop in soon to enjoy both the wine & the view!”

— Ken Barasch
Managing Wine Director, Cavallo Point Lodge

The history of Ridge Vineyards began in 1885, when a prominent San Francisco doctor bought 180 acres near the top of Monte Bello Ridge in the Santa Cruz Mountains. He terraced the slopes, planted vineyards and produced the first vintage under the Monte Bello Winery name in 1892.

In the 1940s, William Short, a theologian, bought the abandoned winery and vineyard; he replanted several parcels to Cabernet Sauvignon in the late 1940s. From these vines – new owners, all Stanford Research Institute engineers, made a quarter-barrel of “estate” Cabernet. That Monte Bello Cabernet was among California’s finest wines of the era. Its quality and distinctive character convinced the partners to re-bond the winery under the Ridge name for the 1962 vintage. The Ridge Monte Bello Cabernet remains one of the top wines in the world today.

Ridge owns two estate vineyards and has many long-term leases and partnerships on exceptional vineyards throughout California. In 1966 Ridge made their first Geyserville Zinfandel, and has been making it on a long-term lease every year since. In 1991 Lytton Springs, in Sonoma County, became part of the Ridge estate wines.

Cabernet and Zinfandel account for most of the production; Syrah, Grenache, Carignane, and Petite Sirah constitute a small percentage. Known primarily for its red wines, Ridge has also made limited amounts of delicious Chardonnay since 1962. You can try these at Cavallo Point.

Ridge relies on nature and tradition rather than technology. Our “pre-industrial” approach is straightforward: find intense, flavorful grapes; hand-pick them, rely on native yeasts and intrude upon the process only when necessary; draw the fruit’s distinctive character and richness into the wine, displaying site-specific characteristics.

Abridged from Ridge Vineyards’ website.


Anani Lawson, Wine Director

Wine Director
Anani Lawson

Mr. Anani Lawson serves as the wine director for Murray Circle Restaurant at Cavallo Point Lodge in Sausalito. Anani joined Murray Circle in 2018 and brought with him a with a stellar sommelier background and pedigree. As sommelier at world-renowned chef Thomas Keller’s Michelin three-starred The French Laundry for over 7 years before moving to Keller’s Per Se in New York City, Lawson cemented his reputation as an impeccable sommelier and wine expert.

After joining the Per Se team in 2010, the restaurant received an array of honor and praise, including winning the James Beard Award for Outstanding service, receiving top honors from Zagat and The New York Times deemed Per Se “The best restaurant in New York City.”

Anani returned to the Napa Valley in 2013, where he served as wine director for Bardessono hotel and then as beverage director of Lucy Restaurant & Bar before joining Murray Circle as wine director. Time permitting, Anani conducts wine country tours in California, France, and much of the world; sharing his vast network of wineries and relationships.


Daniel Mendoza, Lead Sommelier

Lead Sommelier
Daniel Mendoza

Mr. Daniel Mendoza is the Lead Sommelier for Murray Circle Restaurant at Cavallo Point and brings with him fifteen years of restaurant and hospitality experience. Having worked in every position in the front of the house, he quickly rose through the ranks and established himself as a spirits and beverage professional, while developing the desire to expand his knowledge of wine. He achieved his certification with the Court of Master Sommeliers in 2012 while working at Café Des Amis in San Francisco, before moving to the Michelin-starred and Grand Award winning, Spruce restaurant, where he was able to further expand his knowledge of European and Californian wines. In 2017 Daniel joined A16, which boasts a James Beard award for Outstanding Wine Program and a Wine Spectator, Best Award of Excellence for their unique selection of Southern Italian Wines. Daniel has been privileged to work with some of the finest wine lists in San Francisco and has brought his impeccable palate and expertise to the wine program at Cavallo Point.

Daniel is always in the pursuit of any opportunity to enhance his knowledge in the world of fine wines and spirits.


Murray Circle at Cavallo Point – the Lodge at the Golden Gate
601 Murray Circle | Fort Baker | Sausalito, California 94965
Phone: 415.339.4751 | online reservations

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