What would Dracula drink? In the spirit of Halloween this coming Sunday, we're in the mood for some spooky sipping. As the creepy crawlies and classic monsters come out to party, we're setting up wine pairings for them! At Ruby Hill Winery, we believe that anyone can appreciate a good wine. Read on, if you dare, as we embrace these ghoulish pairings.
The Witches and Wizards of the halloween scene
Are brewing a potion with a sparkly sheen.
A sweet drop of Solera and with a splash of Sparkling.
The Vampire next door with his sharp smiling maw
Reaches for the deepest red you ever saw.
The deep-dark richness of our Petite Sirah.
The poor Zombie who has lost his mind,
Prefers a fine Library Collection wine.
Though once it was gone, now again it's alive.
The friendly Ghost is no friend of plonk,
Its fine wine favorite is a Sauvignon Blanc.
Nearly transparent but still a jackpot.
The ancient Mummy emerges from his tomb
To sip on a Sangiovese stored for his use.
The old-world style removing his gloom.
The Werewolf shivers before break of day
Enjoying the wine of furry friends, Cuvee Dray.
The full moon is coming, but he's here to stay.
The Yeti appears, giving all a good fright,
Looking for any wine cold and bright,
Finding the Jewel Chardonnay perfect tonight.
Finally Frankenstein joins the whole lot,
For him, the Patchwork just hits the spot.
And everyone sips the wine they have sought.
Happy Halloween from all of us at Ruby Hill Winery!
This week, we celebrated our October release! It has been a joy as always to see our members and guests, new and old, enjoying their Ruby Hill favorites. Below, we've provided a pairing guide, complete with recipes, so that everyone can enjoy their release wines to the fullest! Cheers!
Jewel Chardonnay - Harvest Kale Salad
For anyone who loves the freshness of a salad along with the flavors of fall, this one's for you. Bursting with hearty flavors from pumpkin seeds, pomegranate, crispy prosciutto bits, and even a touch of caramelized shallot vinaigrette, this salad is a celebration of flavor. Enjoy alongside a chilled, smooth glass of Jewel Chardonnay and let your taste buds dance. Recipe from Half Baked Harvest.
Reserve Chardonnay - The Coziest Brussels Sprouts
Here is another hearty option for our White Wine lovers! Though brussels sprouts are notoriously difficult to pair with, our Chardonnay with this recipe make a stellar couple. The lightly sulfuric and nutty flavors of the brussels sprouts are generously seasoned with Balsamic vinegar, bacon, pecans, dried cranberries, and more for a delicious symphony with our 2018 Reserve Chardonnay. Recipe from the Real Food Dietitians.
Reserve Petite Sirah - Harissa Grilled Eggplant
If you think you’re not an eggplant fan, think again! For our plant-based friends, this recipe offers scrumptiously mouth watering flavor bold enough to pair with Petite Sirah like a dream. Deliciously intense yet easy to enjoy, this pairing was made for anyone looking to reach out for something new and inspiring. Recipe from One Green Planet.
Jewel Petit Verdot - Grilled Lamb Kebabs
Petit Verdot and lamb are two peas in a pod, with deliciously complimentary taste profiles. Even more, the texture of a juicy grilled lamb kebab is a perfect counterpart to a big round sip of Petit Verdot. Discover a pairing you’ll not soon forget as you enjoy the lightly floral notes and swirling dark fruit of the wine alongside the lamb's savory char. Recipe from Recipes from a Pantry.
Armonia Lot #11 - Italian Beef Stew
Our Club-Exclusive Armonia is a red wine like no other! Each Lot of this unique blend brings together multiple varietals and vintages to create a big and balanced layered complexity. Enjoy this wine alongside a rich and hearty classic: beef stew. It’s the season for warm, comfortable foods, and this flavorful classic promises to delight the taste buds. Recipe from Unicorns in the Kitchen.
Jewel Cabernet Sauvignon - Rich Raspberry Chocolate Cake
The Jewel Cabernet Sauvignon is one of the most coveted wines in our collection. With a showstopping 95 point score, this wine begs to be enjoyed again and again. Drink it on its own, with a juicy pepper crusted steak, or indulge a little with this Chocolate Raspberry Cake. Wine and chocolate are best friends, so go for the best of the best. Recipe from Bianca Zapatka.
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This week, we brought in the last of our fruit, wrapping up the picking phase of harvest with the last of our Cabernet Sauvignon and Zinfandel. After every cluster is carefully hand-harvested, we begin the labor of love transforming this delicious fruit into the wines of the future. Winemaking is an intensive process from start to finish, and our winemaker Jesse (above right) and his team will continue to be hard at work creating the magic that later goes into the bottles. Below, we've included a few snapshots of the sorting, stemming, and pressing processes for your enjoyment. Happy Harvest!
Even Draymond can't help but smile about the good he's done!
This past week, we visited our friends at the Valley Humane Society with excellent news. Our mission to actively give back to the community through a luxurious Bordeaux-style blend has been successful! Since this special blend was released in August, it has raised more than $5,000 to benefit the work of VHS and its various programs. Ruby Hill Winery continues to donate $10 to Valley Humane Society for every single bottle of our Cuvée Dray sold.
We are delighted to recognize the incredible joy that pets bring into our lives. Whether you consider yourself a cat person or a dog person, there's no denying that nothing beats the unconditional love of our four-legged friends. The Valley Humane Society serves the community by bringing that love to as many people as possible. In addition to adoption services, programs like Canine Comfort provide companions for stressed students, hospital patients, or even children called to the witness stand. Additionally, programs such as Animeals and Home to Home work to ensure that pets are never homeless and homes are never pet-less, even when owners' situations change. These programs are among the many reasons that we are honored and thankful to partner with VHS.
Draymond and Eric Callahan of Ruby Hill Winery deliver the first Cuvée Dray
check to Melanie Sadek, Executive Director of Valley Humane Society.
As a private nonprofit organization, VHS receives no support from government funds or other external organizations. Their focus on providing resources and care for the pets and people of the local community means that they rely on the generosity of private individuals like you. If you want to skip the wine and help out directly, click here to donate and 100% of the donations will go directly to the Valley Humane Society and their programs.
If you love people, pets, wine, or all of the above, we are delighted to offer you our Cuvée Dray. This 91-point Bordeaux-style blend will taste delicious for years to come, or right into a glass this evening.
We've made it to October! As the weather slowly but surely cools down, we’re feeling an unmistakable draw to our favorite fall recipes. Full of warming spices and fall fruit, these treats are peak-level cozy. Whether you enjoy them with a mug of cider, coffee, hot chocolate, or a glass of wine, these recipes will become instant classics in your home. For all of our wine-lovers, we’ve also included pairing options to help make these the ultimate comfort foods.
Full of rich flavor and toasty warmth, this crumb cake is perfect for early fall. Enjoy a fresh twist on coffee cake, built on a base of ripe pears and accented by the deep notes of the Muscovado sugar. No one can resist the perfect texture of a crumb topping, especially when it is brimming with gingerbread aromas!
Recommended pairing: Solera Dessert Wine
The perfect combination of bitter, sweet, and acid comes into the most delicious balance in this cranberry bread. Accentuated by a light streusel topping and a zesty glaze along with your choice of either walnuts and pecans, this treat is easily enjoyed as both dessert and breakfast.
Recommended pairing: Reserve Chardonnay
You’ll be feeling cozy and warm after a single bite of these cookies. Not only are they gorgeous to look at, they are overflowing with toasty and nutty flavors courtesy of browned butter and roasted pecans. A very light sprinkling of large flake sea salt creates a tiny symphony of every flavor you like in a single bite.
Recommended pairing: Sangiovese
Somehow, these cookies taste the way a crisp autumn morning feels. Sweet, buttery, and tiny touches of savory and salt mingle together in these precious thumbprints. This recipe is versatile enough to shine with other fillings, such as salted caramel or homemade jam. Make a batch and freeze half for a pick-me-up down the road!
Recommended pairing: Sparkling Wine
If there’s two things that you can’t go wrong with in the fall, it’s pumpkin pie and cheesecake. This recipe is the ultimate marriage of these two forces, bringing together the festive flavors of pumpkin with the timeless richness of a creamy cheesecake all in convenient little muffins that take only 30 minutes to make!
Recommended pairing: Sauvignon Blanc
Happy fall feasting! What are your favorite autumn treats? Let us know @Rubyhillwines!
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