If Our Wines Were Flowers
One of our favorite things about spring here on the Estate is watching the flowers bloom and flourish. These colorful ornaments call our attention to the changing seasons and the wonder of nature. This week, we’ve reimagined a dozen of our wines as flowers!
Sparkling Wine - Daffodil
No flower can bring a smile to your face quite as fast as a daffodil. These cheerful beauties remind us of the bright effervescence of our Sparkling Wine!
Sauvignon Blanc - Sunflower
These yellow beauties have a love for the sun. Our Sauvignon Blanc fruit is exposed to the sunlight early in the growing process to develop the amazing flavors you know and love.
Jewel Chardonnay - Lily
Elegant and pure, our Jewel Collection Chardonnay proudly unfurls with gorgeous fragrance. Yellow lilies symbolize rejuvenation and joy, just like a sip of golden wine on a sunny day.
Grapeful Rosé - Peony
Bringing us the most precious tones of pink, both our Grapeful Rose and peony flowers steal the show in every bouquet. Both are delicate, dynamic, and always welcome on our table!
Sangiovese - Gerbera Daisy
We treasure the virtue found in simplicity. Our Sangiovese is approachable, unpretentious, and still a thing of beauty, making it just like the lovely gerbera daisy.
Peacock Patch Zinfandel - Orchid
Orchids are unique and ostentatious, flaunting delicate strength and incomparable aroma. Our Peacock Patch Zin follows suit, with a boldly colorful character worth flaunting!
Intesa - Tulips
Our Club Wine Intesa earned its name from a word meaning harmony or agreement. Tulips symbolize deep and unconditional love, which you’ll taste in the intertwined nature of this blend.
Armonia - Ranunculus
The ranunculus flower boasts layer after layer of soft petals, coming together into an integrated whole. The Club-Exclusive Armonia does the same, bringing together multiple vintages of wine into multilayered complexity.
Cielo Viola - Carnation
Carnations can represent fascination and distinction, making them the perfect floral counterpart for our Cielo Viola. This wine is an enchanting blend of Zinfandel and Petite Sirah that always has you reaching for another sip.
Cabernet Sauvignon - Rose
If wines were turned into flowers, Cabernet Sauvignon would be a breathtaking rose. Whether splashed with color or enrobed in a deep, dark red, these classics capture each other's character.
Petite Sirah - Iris
The inky boldness of Petite Sirah matches the uncommon beauty of the Iris. The dark, bold irises are said to represent valor, wisdom, and royalty, perfect for a Petite Sirah fit for a king.
Petit Verdot - Lilac
Lilac flowers bloom for only a short time each year, but their plants are reliably robust, easily living more than a century. Our Jewel Collection Petit Verdot is rich in color, tannin, and body, yet each sip hosts a delicate aroma with features of lilac.
If you were a flower, what kind would you be and why? Join the conversation on our socials @rubyhillwines
If you want to have a "bouquet" of your own, then check out our Case Sales, available for a limited time!
Sustainability at Ruby Hill
Happy Earth Day, wine lovers! Ruby Hill Winery is proud to grow our grapes in a California Certified Sustainable Vineyard. We take the purity of our fruit and the stewardship of the land seriously and continue to be devoted to careful use of resources. We are committed to adopting all required practices included in the California Code of Sustainable Winegrowing, tracking water use and other performance, continuously improving, and verifying our sustainable status on an annual basis.
We look beyond merely monitoring water use and air pollution, though these are vital. We are also focused on caring for the creatures that call our Estate home. We keep the soil free of harmful pollutants and provide homes in the form of owl boxes in the vineyard for our flighted friends. To align with our values of sustainability, we meet rigorous standards to maintain certification from the California Sustainable Winegrowing Alliance. We take a look at stewarding the whole ecosystem: from water to worms and roots to roosts. When you gaze out at our spacious and picturesque vineyards while sipping your favorite estate-grown wine, you can relax in the knowledge that this vineyard is committed to a better future.
Celebrate nature this Earth day! To learn more about the California Sustainable Winegrowing Alliance, visit https://www.sustainablewinegrowing.org/.
Naming Big Wine Bottles
When wines are larger than life, they get big names to match. Whether you want to cellar a special favorite for another day, bring a touch of grandiosity to an upscale party, or give an opulent gift, big bottles are a great solution. Below, we’ve put together a list of every wine bottle, from miniaturized to oversized and the special names given to each one! We think you’ll be surprised.
Sometimes called a Piccolo, a Split bottle holds 190 milliliters, the equivalent of a quarter of a bottle. We think splits are great as small party favors!
This size is exactly what you think! It holds 375 milliliters, equal to half a standard size bottle of wine. Probably not enough, if you ask us!
The tried-and-true wine bottle, perfect for a casual night in or a lovely dinner with a friend or two. Pour 750 milliliters of your favorite vino from this bottle!
Magnums are where things start to get especially good. A magnum holds 1.5 liters of wine, the same as 2 standard bottles. These wines are especially impressive and age better than standard bottles.
Double Magnum or Jeroboam
This size, holding 3 liters of wine, is equal in volume to 4 bottles of wine and has two names. When the bottle has a smooth “Burgundy Style” neck, it is called a Jeroboam, whereas the standard “Bordeaux Style” neck is referred to as a Double Magnum in this format.
Jeroboam or Rehoboam
Another format with multiple names, 4.5 liter bottles (equivalent to 6 standard bottles) are named after ancient kings. A Bordeaux style bottle of this volume is known as a Jeroboam, while the Burgundy style bottle is known as a Rehoboam.
Methuselah or Imperial
Similar to the previous wines, this format, which holds 6 liters (8 bottles), is called by 2 name, depending on the bottle style. An Imperial bottle is the standard Bordeaux shape, while the Methuselah is the Burgundy shape and most commonly used for sparkling wines.
This bottle holds the equivalent of an entire case of wine, a whopping 9 liters. A single Salmanazar format bottle could easily serve 60 glasses of wine in addition to looking exceptionally kingly.
Yes, they do get bigger! The Balthazar format boasts 12 liters of wine, equal to 16 standard bottles. That’s what we call prestige.
The Nebuchadnezzar format bottle is equal to 15 liters, which is the same volume as 20 bottles of wine. When full, a single bottle can weigh more than 80 pounds.
With an astonishing 18 liters of wine, the equivalent of 24 standard bottles (2 cases) the Melchior is almost too big to believe.
The large format wine bottle known as the Solomon, proudly contains 20 liters of wine, equal to the kingly sum of nearly 27 standard bottles.
Featured in the banner photo, from largest to smallest: Imperial, Double Magnum, two Magnums, and one standard bottle. All sizes available for purchase in the Ruby Hill Tasting room!
Poetry of Vines in Springtime
Spring is in the air, bringing changes and sun
As the ever-faithful passage of time
Lets us reminisce as the growth has begun
Every wine was once a budding vine
As pink-tipped edges slowly unfurl
And dormancy to life gives way
Buds from vines, gnarled and curled
The Cabernet are on display
Chardonnay grows with zealous passion
Shoots, leaves, and early flowers
Green is the spring’s budding fashion
Enrobing this land of ours
Patiently dreaming of their prime
Saving glory for warmer days
Barbera vines await their chosen time
Late to bloom and slow to age
Row after row of Sauvignon Blanc
With wild reputation
A prolific and productive block
Of golden anticipation
Young Petite Sirah buds with promise
A season of beauty undefiled
Springtime blooms bright with purpose
As the earth shows its smile
We are beyond thrilled to welcome springtime to the estate vineyards. A new season of life and growth is well underway!
Sneak Peek: 2018 Cabernet Sauvignon
It is always a special treat to open up a new vintage here in the Ruby Hill Tasting Room. We are excited to welcome our 2018 Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon, making its debut soon! This exclusive sneak peek includes notes straight from our Winemaker’s desk.
...A delicious wine that only improves with time to breathe. The nose is very complex with a medley of red and blue fruits layered upon enticing darker base tones. Fruit notes include blackberry and raspberry, joined by floral violet notes, a hint of dried herbs, and cozy chocolate hazelnut aromas. The mouthfeel is very big with just enough acidity to keep the dynamic balanced, and although there are a lot of tannins they are velvety and approachable. The finish of the wine is long and emphasizes the darker fruits and oak character…
~ Winemaker Jesse Plautz
Recipe: Dark Chocolate Mousse with Red Wine Raspberries
from Whole and Heavenly Oven
Dark chocolate mousse and a luscious red wine raspberry sauce are a match made in heaven in this stunner dessert. Perfect for a romantic dessert or whenever that chocolate craving hits!
- Dark Chocolate Mousse:
- 1 (4 oz) dark chocolate bar, coarsely chopped
- 2 tablespoons agave syrup
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 3 large egg whites
- 1 cup heavy whipping cream, whipped to stiff peaks
- Red Wine Raspberries:
- 1/4 cup red wine
- 1-1/2 cups fresh (or frozen) raspberries
- 2 tablespoons agave syrup
- 1 teaspoon lemon juice
- Powdered sugar and shaved chocolate for serving
- To begin, in a double-boiler over medium-high heat, melt chocolate, stirring occasionally until smooth. Remove from heat and whisk in agave and vanilla. Allow to cool slightly.
- In a large bowl with a handheld electric mixer, beat egg whites until stiff peaks form.
- Very gently fold whipped egg whites and whipped cream into melted chocolate mixture until just combined. Press plastic wrap directly to surface and chill mousse two hours or until set.
- For the Red Wine Raspberries, combine red wine, raspberries, agave, and lemon juice in a medium saucepan. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat and simmer 10-15 minutes until raspberries are broken down into a thick sauce. Remove from heat and cool.
- Serve chocolate mousse in individual serving bowls with raspberry sauce on top and powdered sugar and chocolate shavings. Enjoy!
Sounds delicious to us! The rich tannin of Cabernet Sauvignon is a perfect match for the creamy, bittersweet profile of a Dark Chocolate mousse, so that’s what we’re pining to try! This recipe includes a topping of raspberry sauce, which of course can be crafted with our impending arrival, 2018 Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon. Drunken strawberries, rich chocolate mousse, and a glass of red wine? That’s an evening to remember!
PS: Fans of our 2017 Cabernet Sauvignon, now is your chance! It’s not too late. Get the last bottles of this critically acclaimed and gorgeous vintage before they are tucked away into our Library Collection!
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