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June 3, 2022 | Ruby Hill Winery

National Cheese Day with Ruby Hill Winery

        Did you know that June 4th is National Cheese day? It’s time to celebrate the true royalty of the dairy family, the deliciously versatile goodness that is cheese. To commemorate this excellently cheesy holiday, we asked a handful of our tasting room staff what their favorite combinations were so we can put together a guide of pairing all-stars that will have your tastebuds dancing every time. Exquisite cheeses and elegant wines? Sign us up!


Sandi - Sparkling Wine & Tennessee Whiskey BellaVitano.

Both members of this pairing are your allies when you want a delicious combination. Sparkling Wine is friendly to flavors of all kinds and few cheeses pair with a wider range of wines than BellaVitano. 
 

Paul - Intesa & Chevre

Our Club-Exclusive blends offer some of the very best pairing potential with their layered flavor dynamics. We recommend a truffle-infused chevre goat cheese with this beloved blend of Cabernet and Barbera. 

 
Olivia - Reserve Sauvignon Blanc & Buttery Chive Plant-Based Cheese

This option is a perfect go-to for a golden sip of summertime, suited for anyone who appreciates a good pairing and prefers to avoid animal products. This elegantly flavorful cheese is made from cashews and is 100% vegan.
 

Ami - Jewel Petit Verdot &  Bleu Cheese

If this pairing is a little outside of your comfort zone, then prepare to be blown away by the harmony of flavors. This pairing strikes an unforgettable balance and will have you reaching for more!
 

Karen - Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon & Sharp Aged Cheddar

Our Reserve Cabernet is a tried-and true quintessential favorite, and this pairing makes it shine all the more. Choose your favorite bold cheddar to enjoy alongside the rich party of tannin and flavor.
 

Jeanne S - Sparkling Wine & Manchego 

Further proving the reliability of Sparkling Wine, the creamy, salty-sweet dynamics of manchego shine alongside crisp bubbles. This combination is clean and simple: nibble, sip repeat. 
 

Diane - Grapeful Rosé & Burrata

This combination is especially appropriate now that the weather is warming up. Enjoy the floral aroma and crisp profile of our iconic Rosé with the fresh creaminess of a lush buttery burrata.
 

Sue - Jewel Cabernet Sauvignon & Black Pepper BellaVitano

Black pepper is a Cabernet’s best friend, and this is no exception. We are so delighted to have welcomed a new vintage of Jewel Cab to the tasting room that it’s a wonder anything could improve it, but this cheese completes the picture magnificently.

        Here at Ruby Hill, cheese is the penultimate companion of wine (step aside, chocolate). When sweets just won’t do, savory is here for you. Come visit our team in the tasting room and enjoy pairings like these straight from the source! Our deli case is stocked with delicious snacks and the wine is always ready to flow!

Time Posted: Jun 3, 2022 at 6:44 AM Permalink to National Cheese Day with Ruby Hill Winery Permalink
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May 27, 2022 | Ruby Hill Winery

A Spotlight on 2021 Grapeful Rosé

Our Grapeful Rosé is one-of-a-kind. This playful, vibrant, and delicious Rosé wine has quickly become one of our favorites here at Ruby Hill. Crafted from our Estate-grown Sangiovese grapes, the color of this Rosé is stunning and the aromas and flavors are a delight. There's nothing more perfect for summertime than a sip of this. Below, we have unpacked a few of the elements from our winemaker's tasting notes on this wine—see if you can taste them too! 


Fresh Strawberry

Nothing says summer quite like a bright, juicy strawberry. These aromas and flavors flourish in each sip of Grapeful Rosé like many of its Provençal-style cousins. 
 

 

 


Watermelon Hard Candy

This signifies the tangy, concentrated fruit flavors that dance on the palate, giving the experience of hard candy without cloying sweetness.  

 

 


Ripe Raspberry

Vibrantly delicious! Provided by the food-friendly pleasant acidity of this Rosé, these notes balance between tartness and sweetness. 

 

 


Hint of Cucumber

Though perhaps unexpected, this note is a welcome guest in the bouquet of our Rosé, bringing summery freshness to each sip. 
 

 

Time for a taste test? Get it before the sale is gone, and stock up for summer while you're at it!

Time Posted: May 27, 2022 at 6:01 AM Permalink to A Spotlight on 2021 Grapeful Rosé Permalink
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May 20, 2022 | Ruby Hill Winery

What to Pair with Our Rosé

The beauty of May has us ready for a summer of sunshine and good times, best accompanied by a glass of Rosé! This week, we’re taking a look at the best pairings for May's Wine of the Month: our gorgeous 2021 Grapeful Rosé. A playful nose rich with strawberry, watermelon jolly rancher, hibiscus, and a hint of cucumber leads into a full mouthfeel and balanced acidity. This Rosé reflects an elegant Provençal style, a refreshing profile, and best of all: it’s on sale! 

Our Grapeful Rosé is crafted from Sangiovese grapes, creating a rich and dry wine that's perfect on its own and deliciously enhanced by the right company, be it cheese, entrees, or dessert. 

 

Charcuterie

Soft Fresh Burrata

Cubed Honeydew Melon

Thin-Sliced Prosciutto

Sliced Ripe Strawberries

Fruit-Encrusted Goat Cheese



 

 

Proteins

Baked Salmon

Rosemary Roasted Chicken

Grilled Garlicky Shrimp

Seafood Paella

Tahini-Roasted Cauliflower 

 

 

 

Desserts

Vanilla Macarons

Strawberry Rhubarb Tart

Fresh Fruit Salad with Wild Honey

Raspberry Panna Cotta

Watermelon Slush

 

 

 

Happy May, friends! This is the season for Rosé
so get yours now while the sale is on!

Time Posted: May 20, 2022 at 6:36 AM Permalink to What to Pair with Our Rosé Permalink
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May 13, 2022 | Ruby Hill Winery

Wine Tasting Basics: 5 Words you Should Know

Part of our mission at Ruby Hill Winery is for wine to be approachable and enjoyed by all. We want everyone to be able to enjoy the delight of a glass of wine without the pressure of pretense—enjoying wine isn’t just for wine snobs! To enhance your experience, we’ve listed a few simple words below and what they mean when tasting wine. 
 

"Vintage"

The vintage of a wine is simply the year of its creation, which will appear on the bottle. For example, we are currently pouring the “2020 vintage” of our Reserve Sauvignon Blanc, which means the grapes that went into this wine were grown and harvested in 2020. For wines that take a long time to age in barrels before they are bottled (generally red wines), quite a bit of time can elapse between harvest and when the wines are released. The 2019 vintage of our Jewel Cabernet Sauvignon was just bottled earlier this year and has not yet been released. The year that appears on a bottle of wine indicates its vintage. Wines that are a blend of multiple vintages, such as our Solera Dessert Wine or our Armonia Lot #11, are labeled as “Non-Vintage."
In context: “I think the 2018 vintage of our Reserve Cab is especially good.”
 

"Nose"

Referring to a wine’s “nose” is a fancy way of referring to its smell or “aroma.” In a tasting room, you’ll likely hear the aroma of various wines described in terms of all kinds of fruits or flowers. Smells matter in wine tasting! The nose will reveal a great deal about how a wine will taste and give you an idea of what to expect once you take a sip. If a wine ages well, its aroma becomes more layered and complex as time goes on, developing from an aroma into what the wine world refers to as a “bouquet.” To get a good sense of the nose of a wine (aroma or bouquet) give your glass a nice swill before taking a sniff to release more of the scent molecules into the air. 
In context: “The Petite Sirah has a very pronounced nose with notes of blackberry and cocoa.” 
 

"Legs"

After you’ve just swirled your glass to get a sense of the nose, hold your glass up to the light and look just above the surface of the wine. Likely, you will see lines of wine easing down the sides of the glass. These lines are called “legs” and can tell you a bit about the alcohol or sugar content of your wine. Generally, sweeter or higher alcohol wines will have more pronounced legs but the length or appearance of these legs is not an indicator of quality. 
In context: “You can see the subtle legs of the Sangiovese if you give it a swirl.”
 

"Body"

The body of a wine is how full, rich, or heavy it feels in your mouth. A thinner feel in the mouth would be referred to as “light-bodied” or simply “light” while more robust, dense wines are medium- or full-bodied. The texture that you sense in the wine’s body, be it smooth, rough, or velvety, is fittingly referred to as the mouthfeel. The differences between the body of various wines is not terribly different from other beverages—think of the different sensations between sipping skim milk vs. whole milk.
In context: “The Grapeful Rosé is much more full-bodied than the average Rosé wine
 

"Structure"

The structure of a wine is a combination of several features: alcohol level, acidity, sugar, tannins, and fruit. A wine that has a deliciously harmonious balance between these elements is referred to as “structured.” A wine that has a pleasant aroma, a smooth sip and mouthfeel, and flavors that linger after swallowing (called the “finish”) would be considered structured. Structure in wine has a great deal to do with tannins, which are compounds from the skins and seed of grapes that give wine its color, its ability to age, and a great deal of its texture. If a wine makes you pucker or makes your tongue feel dry, it is likely a more tannic wine. 
In context: “The structure of the Jewel Zinfandel is exactly the balance I’m looking for in a red wine.”

If you are looking for a chance to use your wine vocabulary, come taste what the Livermore Valley has to offer at Ruby Hill Winery! We're open 7 days a week and reservations are required on weekends only. 

Time Posted: May 13, 2022 at 6:48 AM Permalink to Wine Tasting Basics: 5 Words you Should Know Permalink
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May 6, 2022 | Ruby Hill Winery

Elevate Your Mimosas for Mother's Day

Mother’s Day is this Sunday, and we’re here to help you make it special. Classic Mimosas (or should we say Mom-osas) are a special treat for any day, but we think this is the perfect chance to elevate this simple libation! Below, we’ve suggested garnishes and add-ins of all kinds to make these Mimosas a signature staple. Enjoy every kind of spin on these drinks, from sweet and fruity to tart and zesty.

Step Beyond Orange Juice
Mix up some unforgettable combos for your base!

  • Grapefruit Juice
  • Pear Puree
  • Pink Lemonade
  • Pineapple Juice
  • Watermelon Puree
  • Cranberry Juice

Make it a Magnificent Mixer
It’s not just a party for Sparkling Wine! Try a touch of these:

  • Tequila
  • Peach Liqueur
  • Vodka
  • Grapefruit Sparkling Water (Non-Alcoholic option)
  • Small Scoop of Sherbet

Infuse Your Sip with Whole Fruit
Mix and match these fruity delights!

  • Raspberries
  • Citrus Wedges
  • Blueberries
  • Mango Cubes
  • Tart Cherries
  • Pomegranate Arils 
  • Kiwi Rounds

Jazz Your Glass With an Herbaceous Garnish
The flavor spins you didn’t know you needed

  • Lavender
  • Mint
  • Rose Petals
  • Rosemary 
  • Thyme
  • Basil

Make a sample flight of your favorite combinations, or set up a Mimosa buffet for a family Mother’s Day brunch! After all, nothing says “I love you” quite like thoughtful food and drinks.

To honor this holiday, we’re offering a sale on our Sparkling Wine, perfect for mimosas!
 

 

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April 29, 2022 | Ruby Hill Winery

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!

Time Posted: Apr 29, 2022 at 6:44 AM Permalink to If Our Wines Were Flowers Permalink
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April 22, 2022 | Ruby Hill Winery

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/.

Time Posted: Apr 22, 2022 at 5:03 AM Permalink to Sustainability at Ruby Hill Permalink
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April 15, 2022 | Ruby Hill Winery

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. 

Split

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!

Half-Bottle

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!

Standard Bottle

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!

Magnum

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. 

Salmanazar

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. 

Balthazar

Yes, they do get bigger! The Balthazar format boasts 12 liters of wine, equal to 16 standard bottles. That’s what we call prestige.

Nebuchadnezzar

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. 

Melchior

With an astonishing 18 liters of wine, the equivalent of 24 standard bottles (2 cases) the Melchior is almost too big to believe. 

Solomon

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!

Time Posted: Apr 15, 2022 at 6:18 AM Permalink to Naming Big Wine Bottles Permalink
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April 8, 2022 | Ruby Hill Winery

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!

 

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April 1, 2022 | Ruby Hill Winery

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!

Ingredients
  • 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
Instructions
  1. 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.
  2. In a large bowl with a handheld electric mixer, beat egg whites until stiff peaks form.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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!

Time Posted: Apr 1, 2022 at 3:36 AM Permalink to Sneak Peek: 2018 Cabernet Sauvignon Permalink

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