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October 21, 2022 | Ruby Hill Winery

Picking the Right Wine for the Weather

As Northern California eases into sweater weather, we are savoring the beauty of the slow changes from season to season. Each month offers its own beauty and charms. Of course, we get excited about wine all year round, regardless of what the weather is up to. When there’s too many options, try letting the weather help you decide! Whether it’s a heatwave or a cold snap, the weather can lend a hand with your wine selection.

When it’s 100-110℉: Sparkling Wine

Sweltering weather calls for something light, bright, and refreshing, as well as lower alcohol levels, and our Sparkling wine checks all the boxes. 

When it’s 90-100℉: Sauvignon Blanc or Chardonnay

Don’t let the heat make you grumpy; just take it as a perfect opportunity to experience the freshness of each sip of these white wines. 

When it’s 80-90℉: Grapeful Rosé

Still a touch too warm for deep reds but not too hot to stand, this weather allows our Grapeful Rose to take on a perfect middle ground. 

When it’s 70-80℉: Sangiovese or Intesa

You’re finally comfortable enough to pull out your red wines, so go for these lighter reds that offer great fruit character without asking too much. 

When it’s 60-70℉: Peacock Patch Zinfandel

Time to get jammy. The richness of this Zinfandel is deliciously balanced with pleasant acidity so you can enjoy it anytime!

When it’s 50-60℉: Cielo Viola or Cuvée Dray

It’s time to open up these amiable blends. Cielo Viola marries Petite Sirah and Zin, while the Cuvée Dray is a Cabernet-focused blend, balanced by some Petit Verdot and Merlot.

When it’s 40-50℉: Jewel Cabernet Sauvignon

Cozy, classic, and absolutely luxurious, this wine is perfect for enchanting your palate as well as warming your heart. 

When it’s 30-40℉: Riverbed Red

We’re reaching the freezing point, so it’s time for a rich warm dish like beef bourguignon or osso buco with this blend of Cab, Syrah, and Petite Sirah.

When it’s 20-30℉: Jewel Petit Verdot

This wine offers all of the comfort of a deluxe, rich mouthfeel, joined by soft, generous tannins. Petit Verdot offers a warmth that can’t compare!

When it’s 10-20℉: Jewel Petite Sirah

Now, you want to curl up and enjoy a warm blanket of velvety tannins and bold rich flavor that can only be found in our Jewel Petite Sirah. 

As we always say, when it comes to pairing, don’t be afraid to break the rules. If you need to find a walk-in freezer so you can enjoy some bold reds on a warm day, we won’t judge!

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