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March 26, 2021 | Ruby Hill Winery

Golden Wine from a Wild Vine



Here at Ruby Hill Winery, Sauvignon Blanc is a family favorite. Its crisp, floral, fruity notes are perfect for celebrating the arrival of spring, but we have no trouble enjoying it all year long. We think that Sauvignon Blanc is a fascinating varietal, so we've rounded up some facts you might not know about this delectable white!

Sauvignon Blanc vines grow with determination

Hailing from the Bordeaux region of France, this vine earned the title "sauvignon" from the French word sauvage which can be translated as "wild, untamed, or feral." This name came from the vigor with which the vines grow, requiring careful maintenance to keep them in line. Literally translated, Sauvignon Blanc is "the wild white." Here at Ruby Hill, it goes by the nickname "Sauv Blanc" or sometimes even "Sauvvy-B."

Sauvignon Blanc is the mother of a classic

According to genetic analysis performed by researchers at UC Davis, Sauvignon Blanc vines played an important role in the creation of the most popular varietal in the world. Their findings showed that sometime in the 1600s, a Sauvignon Blanc cross-pollinated with a Cabernet Franc vine, producing the very first vine of Cabernet Sauvignon. It's likely this cross-breeding was by chance, but it was an accident of the best kind in our book!

Sauvingon Blanc is different around the world

This beloved wild white is grown all around the world, including France, Italy, Spain, Bulgaria, Romania, New Zealand, USA, Canada, Chile, South Africa, and Australia (to name a few). With over 275,000 acres planted worldwide, it is the 8th-most grown wine grape in the world. Because of the delicate complexities of Sauv Blanc, there are region-specific characteristics that vary from country to country. When grown in colder areas, the wine will usually have more flavors of lime or green apple, while the wine of warmer regions may have notes of ripe passionfruit and peaches.

Tasting Sauvignon Blanc can expand your vocabulary

Well, sort of! Sauvingon Blanc was the first wine to be regularly described in terms of a unique chemical compound. Some of the flavors that are completely unique to Sauvignon Blanc are owed to substances called methoxypyrazines. This component of the wine is what causes the hallmark notes of Sauvignon Blanc, often described as herbaceous, grassy, or as having notes of gooseberry or even asparagus. 

Sauvignon Blanc is a polished pairing 

The reliably crisp nature of Sauvignon Blanc is owed to the combination of its higher acidity and fairly low sugar content. Sauv Blanc is known as an enjoyable pairing for sushi which is notoriously difficult for wine pairings. It is hard to go wrong when pairing Sauvignon Blanc with soft ripened cheeses or white meats, especially if served in a creamy sauce. Green herbs like mint or basil form a pleasant flavor bridge between the dish and the herbaceous notes of the wine. If you're looking for a pairing for Ruby Hill Winery's Sauvignon Blanc, we think this wine shines when paired with Artichoke Crab Paella.

Did any of these surprise you? Tag us @rubyhillwinery

We think it's time to go pour a glass. Our Reserve Sauvingon Blanc is on sale for only a couple more days! Enjoy our fusion of old-world style and crisp tropical refreshment for only $20.

 

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March 19, 2021 | Ruby Hill Winery

Spring in Technicolor

With recent rains and the rapid arrival of spring in Northern California, our rolling hills and scenic valleys will soon be awash in color. We’re in love with the rainbow of wildflowers and native plants that spray color of every kind across the landscape. It’s the perfect time to find a walking trail and go luxuriate in the scenery of one of the most naturally beautiful places in the world—right here. March marks the beginning of Northern California's wildflower season, which continues as late as mid-July. If you keep an eye out, you’ll find flowers in every color of the rainbow in no time. Below, we’ve listed some of our favorite blooms common to this region. 

Red - Mahogany Calliopsis

This scarlet bloom is just one variety of Calliopsis, a hardy plant that grows well even in dry or rocky soils. Also known by the common name of "Tickseed," the flowers also come in a rich golden-yellow hue, sometimes boasting a burgundy center. Historically, the flowers of the Calliopsis have been used for both red and yellow dyes. These flowers are at home in wild meadows as well as gardens, where they often attract the attention of butterflies. 

 

Orange - California Poppy

The iconically vibrant petals of the California Poppy unfurl themselves on warm, sunny days and fold back up in the evening. According to some records, early Spanish explorers nicknamed California "the land of fire" because of the vivid meadows along the coastline. Declared the state flower in 1903, the California poppy grows prolifically throughout the state and into other regions. Other names for this flower include the "Flame Flower" and "Copa de Oro" which means "cup of gold." 
 

Yellow - Wild Mustard

This cheerful yellow blossom and its common cousin Black Mustard are easily spotted throughout Northern California, content to grow nearly anywhere from vineyards to the side of the highway. Yellow Mustard is native to Eurasia, rather than California, but it thrives in this climate. It is believed that Franciscan Padres introduced the plant when they scattered mustard seeds along the 600-mile Camino Real so it could be easily found by travellers. 
 

Green - Grape Vines

After spending the winter months dormant and bare, the green leaves and shoots that emerge in the vineyard with the warmer weather are a welcome sight. When the conditions are right and the growth is at its peak, some grape vines can grow more than an inch in length in a single day. The blossoms themselves grow in cluster formations and the blooms last only 8-10 days. This bloom occurs around mid-May, depending on the varietal and climate of the region. 
 

Blue - Baby's-Blue-Eyes

These darling herbal blossoms are among the most common of California's native wildflowers. Often seen growing in gorgeous contrast among poppies, these little flowers earn their name from their white centers which emulate an "eye." These charming flowers are surprisingly hardy, having been introduced and cultivated in less favorable climates including Alaska and England. Baby's-Blue-Eyes has also been recognized by ecologists as a valuable attractor and supporter of native bee populations. 
 

Purple - Silver Lupine

This highly adaptable wildflower can grow gorgeous spears of purple petals up to a foot long. The Silver Lupine's flowers can range in hue from violet to pale blue and the silvery leaves give it a soft, ethereal appearance. Bitter compounds in the plant also make it a good option for gardeners looking for deer-resistant foliage. Additionally, the endangered Mission Blue Butterfly requires Lupine for a portion of its life cycle, so it's a great plant for any fan of conservation and beautiful wildflowers. 


If you're interested in going out to go wildflower-watching,
click here to find information on when and where to find the best California blooms! 

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March 12, 2021 | Ruby Hill Winery

Luscious Stone Fruit Galette



       All month long, we're celebrating our refreshing and expressive Reserve Sauvignon Blanc. Delicious in cold and warm weather alike, this wine is pleasant from nose to palate. In addition to the taste, we love the pairing opportunities, but it's hard to decide between them all! Mouthwatering options include a fresh and comforting basil risotto, a scrumptious grilled vegetable pasta, or a flavorful artichoke crab paella. Lately, we've been craving something sweet, so we're celebrating the fruity, tropical nose, and the prominent notes of stone fruit in this wine by baking up a fresh fruit galette. 

       If you aren't familiar with galette, don't worry! It's a simple, classic dessert, similar to a pie but even easier to make. It comes together very quickly, especially if you have a pre-made pie crust, and due to its rustic look, every galette is a beautiful galette. Best of all, you can tweak the ingredients to your taste, and in our case, to pair perfectly with the Wine of the Month. Grab your favorite apron and a wine glass, it's time to make something delicious!

Stone Fruit Galette

Ingredients for pastry:

  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup finely ground white cornmeal
  • 1 tablespoon granulated sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 stick (8 tablespoons) cold unsalted butter, cubed
  • 1/4 cup ice water, divided

Ingredients for filling:

  • 1 to 1.5 pounds of stone fruit (we used nectarines and black plums)
  • 1/4 cup turbinado sugar
  • 1 tablespoon all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cardamom
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon apricot jam
  • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter, cubed
  • 1 large egg, beaten

Directions

  1. For the pastry, we recommend using a food processor to combine the dough.
  2. Pulse a few times to combine the dry ingredients in the work bowl of your food processor. 
  3. Add the cubed cold butter and pulse about 7-10 times to combine. Don't worry too much about combining it finely, lumps of butter are perfect in a galette crust.
  4. Slowly add in just enough water to make the dough hold together when pressed. Start with 2 tablespoons and increase if needed. 
  5. Wrap the dough in plastic wrap and let it chill in the refrigerator for at least 30 minutes. 
  6. Preheat the oven to 400°F.
  7. To begin the fruit filling, cut your fruits in half, remove the pits, and cut the fruit into 1/4 inch-thick slices. The shorter cooking time for galette makes thinner slices necessary for the fruit to cook. 
  8. Toss the fruit with the sugar, flour, spices, and salt.
  9. Roll out the dough into a rough circle (it doesn't have to be perfect, just call it "rustic"), about 12 inches across.
  10. Place the disk onto a parchment-lined baking sheet.  
  11. Spread the apricot jam in a circle across the pastry, leaving a 2-inch border.
  12. Carefully pile the fruit filling atop the jam, maintaining the border. 
  13. Fold the edges of the crust over the fruit all the way around, overlapping the dough and pleating as you go. 
  14. Once assembled, distribute the cubes of butter across the top of the fruit. Brush the beaten egg across the top of the crust and sprinkle with sparkling sugar. 
  15. Bake in the middle rack of the oven for 30-35 minutes. The fruit should be cooked and bubbly and the crust golden-brown.
  16. Transfer the galette, parchment and all, to a wire rack and let it cool completely before slicing. 

Recipe inspiration from the Kitchn

       By adjusting the amount of sugar and choice of seasonings, galettes can use nearly any fruit or even be enjoyed as a savory dish with vegetables and cheese. The filling is an ideal place to infuse other flavors; a little lemon zest, warm spices, and even fresh herbs are thoughtful additions. When it comes to making a delicious galette, you can explore your favorite flavor combinations and experiment as much as you'd like. If you'd prefer a savory galette recipe to pair with our Sauvigon Blanc, we recommend this Roasted Vegetable Galette from Diala's Kitchen!

If we've inspired you, please let us know on social media @rubyhillwines

 

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March 5, 2021 | Ruby Hill Winery

Smiles Too Wide to Hide


Amid the twists, turns, and surprises of the last year, it seems some days that there's a deficit of smiles in our daily interactions. Here at Ruby Hill, we always hope to brighten up your day. We've always said that smiles are the best accessory. Since we take the health and safety of our associates and visitors seriously, we've covered our faces—but we're still grinning. This week, we're bringing together science and experience to reflect on some reasons to smile, even behind our masks. While we're at it, we've caught some of our staff"s lovely smiles on camera. 

 

Smiles can come in all forms, shapes and sizes, and for every reason. We visited the tasting room this week to ask the staff what had made them smile lately. Riley, our club manager, mentioned her dog, a spirited boxer who's always ready to take attention and give a smile. Another staff member, Stacy, is an elementary school teacher and spoke of how her students make her smile with their enthusiasm for returning to school. Olivia, one of our tasting room helpers, mentioned that her friends make her smile with their humor and sincere support. The list could go on. Of course, few things make us smile quite like opening our favorite wines.
 


As it turns out, even if it feels hidden, masks can't stop authentic smiles. Just like you can hear someone's smile when talking on the phone, smiles can be heard behind the mask. If you ever feel disconnected from others, smile as you speak and listen for their smile. Smiling as you interact with someone can actually change your mood and perception, as well as theirs. This is great news because even small moments of social contact help improve physical and mental health, including boosting immunity and reducing stress. 

 


One element of the smile even stronger than the sound is the way that smiles are seen in your eyes. Humans are incredibly adept at reading the eyes of others. In fact, the eyes are one of few places where true emotions can't effectively be hidden. You may not realize that the little crinkle at the corners of your eyes is what a person needs today, and what you need too. Masks can filter out some fake smiles, but can’t hide the real ones that creep up and shine through the eyes. 

 



Smiles are like a little boost to both brain and body. Psychological research has found that social body language that seems to have little to do with smiling, like waving, is actually enhanced by the presence of a smile (even if the smile is obscured by a mask). Not only does your smile power-up your wave, it powers you up. Studies have found that engagement with others simply makes us feel better, whether we're introverted or extroverted. 
 


Thanks to a social brain quirk known as "mirror neurons," our smiles can trigger positive emotions in others and in ourselves—even if the smile was fake at first! If you want to smile, do it. We promise it’s not wasted.
We hope we can put a smile on your face if we haven't already. Feel free to visit us any day of the week! Wave hello, tell your favorite joke, or take a moment of gratitude to smile about someone you love. We'd love it if you shared your smiles with us, @rubyhillwines.

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February 26, 2021 | Ruby Hill Winery

Handpicked Items for a Perfect Picnic

February is almost over, and spring is in the air here in the Livermore valley. The gorgeous weather is whispering to us to come outside and drink in the sunshine and the beauty. We think the best way to answer that call is with a delicious picnic. Even if you don't live near an open meadow or park, this season might just call for an adventure to your backyard! With current health regulations, we're all growing more accustomed to dining al fresco, so we think it's high time to kick back on a checkered blanket and enjoy a glass of wine. Just in case the winter months have you out of practice, we've put together a list of ideas to help create a perfect picnic. 

Picnic Blanket 

A high-quality blanket or tablecloth is a must-have! Whether you choose classic checkers or your favorite pattern, make sure you've got the right one for the job. We recommend blankets with a water-repellent base that pack up nicely. If your picnic location has tables, a lightweight tablecloth is perfect for picnicking in style!

Picnic Basket 

Depending on your ideal picnic meal, the sky's the limit when it comes to the different picnic baskets available. We like a classic wooden-and-wicker basket with a hinged top, but we appreciate modern insulated baskets as well. The most important feature is the ability to hold all of its precious cargo! 

Bluetooth Speaker

With any dining experience, music offers a perfect touch of enhancement. No matter the mood you're going for, there's an album for that, from classical to classic rock. Whether you're feeling romantic, relaxed, or nostalgic, a good speaker will provide an ambience you'll love.

Reusable Picnic Dishes

We like to reduce waste in every way we can, and reusable dishes are better for the environment than disposable. If you want to limit the weight in your basket, we recommend lightweight & chic wooden plates, cutting boards, and flatware. 

Wine Accessories 

If you'd like to enjoy a bottle while you're out (and really, who doesn't), don't forget to bring the needed extras. We recommend at least some sturdy patio glassware and a trusty corkscrew. You can even invest in a wine and cheese caddy if you’d like to elevate the experience even further!

Ice Packs 

No one wants a spoiled potato salad, so make sure you have all you need to keep you perishable items safe and chilly! We recommend reusable ice packs that limit food waste and increase sustainability.

Cleanup Essentials

It's always the best policy to leave your picnic spot better than you found it, whether it's a park or your yard. A rubbish bag, sanitary wipes, and a few tea towels can go a long way!

Favorite Snacks and Sides

If you're armed with a few resealable containers, the options for side dishes are endless. Pack anything from perfect pasta salad to rainbow coleslaw to make your picnic properly gourmet!

Something Sweet 

What’s a meal without dessert? Incomplete! For picnicking, we recommend fun cookies, like pecan sandies or strawberry lemonade cookies. If you want to try something new, look for a spin on classic French Travel Cakes, which are perfect for an everyday adventure!

Your Favorite Wine

With weather this beautiful, we're looking forward to opening some of our warm-weather favorites. Our Grapeful Rosé and Sauvignon Blanc are must-haves when the sun is out, as long as we've got an insulated wine cooler!


We hope we've inspired you to get out and enjoy the sunshine when you can!
If you bring Ruby Hill wines along with you, don't forget to tag us on social media, @rubyhillwines

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February 19, 2021 | Ruby Hill Winery

Celebrating National Cherry Pie Day

February 20th is National Cherry Pie day, and we're hoping it will be cheerful and cherry-full! Nestled between President's Day and George Washington's birthday, it's a perfect time to bake up a slice of classic American cuisine. According to tradition, this holiday is inspired by the legend of young George Washington cutting down his father's prized cherry tree. Folklore aside, we're excited to dive in to a generous slice of homemade pie to celebrate. We've selected a recipe with a bit of a twist on the classic, incorporating an almond crisp topping. The result is toasty and delicious. 

Almond Crumble Cherry Pie

Ingredients

1 9-inch unbaked pie crust
½ cup slivered almonds
½ cup light brown sugar
⅓ cup rolled oats
⅓ cup all-purpose flour
¾ teaspoon salt
6 tablespoons cold, unsalted butter, cut into pieces
2 pounds cherries, pitted
½ lemon, juiced
⅓ cup white sugar, or more to taste
¼ cup cornstarch

Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Line a baking sheet with aluminum foil.
  2. Roll out pie crust and lay into a 9-inch pie pan.
  3. Combine almonds, brown sugar, oats, flour, and salt in a large bowl. Work butter into the almond mixture with your fingers, breaking up any large pieces, until incorporated completely. Cover and chill for 15 minutes.
  4. Combine cherries, lemon juice, white sugar, and cornstarch. Stir until well coated and no dry lumps remain, 3 to 4 minutes.
  5. Pour cherries and any accumulated juices into the prepared pie pan. Press down into the pan. Crumble oat mixture over the top. Place the pan on the prepared baking sheet.
  6. Bake in the preheated oven until cherries are bubbling and the crust and crumble topping are browned, about 1 hour 15 minutes. Let cool completely.

Original recipe from All Recipes

Here's a few tips to make your celebration of this ruby-red pie the best it can be:

  • Look for tart cherries, like Morello, Bing, or Montmorency
  • Use a store-bought pie crust (the cherries are the star of the show anyway!)
  • Top your pie with Vanilla Bean ice cream
  • Do some tasting to figue out your favorite wine pairing. We recommend our Cielo Viola for its jammy, fruit-forward qualities and notes of sweet cherries. If you want to skip the pie and go straight for the wine, we'll never tell!

We'd love to see how your recipes turn out. Feel free to share if you've got a favroite wine to pair with your pie! If you celebrate this delicious holiday, make sure to tag us on social media @rubyhillwines and let us know! 

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February 12, 2021 | Ruby Hill Winery

Chocolate and Wine: Perfect Parings

"All you need is love. But a little chocolate now and then doesn't hurt." -Charles M. Schulz

Reserve Sauvignon Blanc and Citrus-Infused White Chocolate

The name of the game with Sauvignon Blanc is light, bright, and fruity. With a refreshing nose of stone fruit, guava, and passionfruit, our Reserve Sauvignon Blanc does not disappoint. The soft sweetness of white chocolate accented with lightly tart citrus is a perfect compliment, emphasizing the balanced acidity and classic expression of Sauvignon Blanc characteristics. 

Intesa and Milk Chocolate Hazelnut Truffles

Intesa belongs to our collection of Wine Club exclusive wines. It is a blend of Barbera and Cabernet Sauvignon, which come together harmoniously with warm notes and rich fruit flavors laced throughout. When enjoyed alongside hazelnut truffles, this blend compliments the toasted nuttiness of the hazelnut while balancing the sweetness of the milk chocolate. 

Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon and Chocolate Covered Cherries 

Cherries of many kinds are suited for delectable wine pairings, but none quite as much as cherries coated in luscious semisweet chocolate. Our velvety Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon has natural hints of cocoa and black fruit, creating the perfect bridge of flavor when enjoyed with fine chocolate covered cherries. 

Jewel Zinfandel and Caramel Filled Chocolate

There is nothing quite like the toasty sweetness of deluxe caramel. Once paired with our Jewel Zinfandel, however, there's no going back to enjoying that caramel delight on its own. The jammy berries, peppery nuance, and fresh acidity elevate the experience. Our Jewel Zinfandel has both sweetness and spice, making its duet with caramel chocolate nothing short of luxurious. 

Grapeful Rosé and Raspberry Dark Chocolate

The crisp acidity of Grapeful Rosé is enjoyable any day, in addition to being the perfect beverage for Valentine's day. The notes of stone fruit in our Grapeful Rosé are delightfully enhanced by sweet raspberry infused chocolate. We've selected intense dark chocolate for this pairing because Rosé shines superbly against the rich bitterness of dark chocolate.

Reserve Chardonnay and White Chocolate Strawberries 

If there were any lingering doubts, this duo will prove that wine and chocolate pairings aren't only for red wines and darker chocolate. Allow the delicate honeycomb and orange blossom notes of the wine to mingle with the natural sweetness bursting from a ripe strawberry bathed in luscious white chocolate. We promise this delight will taste like it is made to partner perfectly with our beautifully aromatic and buttery Reserve Chardonnay. 

Solera in Perpetuum and Salted Dark Chocolate

When it comes time to order dessert, we're most likely to choose the classic combination of excellent dark chocolate and a superior Port-style wine. We suggest premium dark chocolate, enhanced with a few flakes of fleur de sel. When paired with the unparalleled quality of our sweet Solera Dessert Wine, it will taste just like falling in love.

For a limited time, our Solera Dessert Wine is available for only $25 per bottle. Order yours now!

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February 5, 2021 | Ruby Hill Winery

Give Love, Give Wine

     It's almost Valentine's Day! No matter your relationship status, this holiday is a perfect time to spread some love. Whether you're giving to coworkers, friends, or a special someone, we think the best gift to give (and receive) is a beautiful bottle of wine! Since we're all about personal touch, we've come up with a few special ways to gift wrap any wine bottle. Most of our wrapping paper and gift bags are covered in reindeer and candy canes anyway!

     We love roses at Valentine's day, but we love rosé even more! To wrap our Grapeful Rosé, we created a paper sculpture out of some colorful tie dye stationery. You can use plain white paper, decorated stationery, or even paper with a custom written message. This elegant sculpture is simple, affordable, and classy. To download a printable template for this sculpture, click here

     This lovely, rustic gift (with a Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon hiding inside) was created from a reused paper grocery bag and a small bundle of strawflower blooms. To use the grocery bag, simply cut out the bottom, roll up the bottle, and cut off the excess as needed. Feel free to design the paper however you like! For the floral element, blooms like strawflowers are resillient and ideal for wrapping, but any fresh flowers would work. Tie the flowers around the neck of the bottle with some tulle and you've got the perfect personal touch! 

     It's still winter, but this bottle of Cielo Viola won't tremble in the cold! If you've done some closet cleaning lately and have any long sleeved garments making their way to the donate pile, try upcycling. The bell-sleeve of this knit sweater gives a hint of coziness and style!

     Lastly, choose a bottle that just begs to be shown off! Instead of wrapping up this Peacock Patch Zinfandel, we let its natural beauty do the work. This pearlesque peacock is eye-catching all on its own. For a little pizzaz, we've wrapped the neck of the bottle in a coordinated satin ribbon and accented with pale statice flowers. 

     No matter how beautiful the wrapping, the most exciting part of gifting wine is opening it up, especially if it means sharing with someone you love. We hope you have a wonderful Valentine's day!

We hope that you'll recommend Ruby Hill to your friends and loved ones--in fact, if they join the club, both you and them will earn 500 bonus Grape Rewards Loyalty Points! To learn more about our loyalty program, click here
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January 29, 2021 | Ruby Hill Winery

A Wine by Any Other Name...

We are proud to offer exclusive blends to our wine club members. Even though the blends may vary slightly from one vintage to another, the quality and experience hold true. As we welcome a new wine to our Club Wine portfolio, we think it is fitting to share about the inspiration behind the names of each wine. 

Armonia

Armonia, pronounced "arm-o-nee-uh" is Italian for “harmony” or “balance.” Musically speaking, harmony can be created by three different instruments all playing different notes. When these noises combine, the resulting sound is beautiful, and greater than the sum of its parts. The same is true for our Armonia. The philosophy is to create rich harmony without boundaries. Instead of having a specific vintage assigned to it, our Armonia is designated by “lots.” Each lot is a harmonious blend of multiple varietals and vintages and crafted exclusively for our valued members. Currently, we are offering the Armonia Lot #10, which is a careful balance of Cabernet, Malbec, Merlot, Petit Verdot, and Petite Sirah.
 

Patchwork

This blend is named after the appearance of our estate vineyards. From an aerial view, our vineyard blocks create a lush spread across the landscape. These vines are grouped by their varietals and create a “patchwork” of vineyards on the estate. Beginning in the 1800s, patchwork quilts were an important pastime, especially among women in midwestern America. Patchwork quilts would often incorporate meaningful scraps of fabric, even including pieces of wedding gowns or special baby clothes. Similarly, the wines we select from our patchwork of vines are priceless and improve with time. Our current vintage, the 2017 Patchwork, smoothly stitches together Merlot, Zinfandel, and Petit Verdot. If you’d like to taste an exclusive blast from the past, our 2013 Patchwork is featured in our Winter Red Case Sale!
 

Cielo Viola

Cielo Viola is an Italian phrase, pronounced like two instruments (cello and viola) which can be translated as either “Violet sky” or “Violet Heaven.” According to meteorologists, purple skies are the result of the sun hitting the atmosphere at a low angle, such as at dawn and dusk. Instead of the normal golden hue of a sunrise or sunset, water droplets and other particles in the air scatter the wavelengths of light. What reaches our eyes, then, is a most lovely purple. We capture and celebrate this beauty in the label of all of our club wines, which feature the vineyard at sunset, under a violet sky. We think that the experience of the Cielo Viola is a beautiful one, just like sitting under the breathtaking canopy of a violet heaven, sipping a glass of your favorite wine. The 2017 Cielo Viola is a heavenly blend of Zinfandel and Petite Sirah.
 

Intesa

Italian word meaning something like a friendly agreement. In the creation of blends, our winemaker is tasked with creating agreement among many elements in the wine. Every blend should feature harmony between the acidity, tannins, sweetness, oak and fruit concentrations, among other factors. Every individual has their own definition of a perfectly balanced wine, where everything is in agreement, based on their own palate and preferences. There is also an objective nature to a wine that is in agreement with itself. All of the best features of the wine must have ideal interplay, and in this way have agreement. Our 2016 Intesa is a delicious union of Barbera and Cabernet Sauvignon. 
 

Riverbed Red

The name of our new Club Wine honors the long history of agriculture in the Livermore Valley. Our historic winery was once fed by a stream that ran through the estate. In 1883, Jon Crellin selected the rocky ground of the dry riverbed to plant the original Ruby Hill vineyards. The gravelly soil drains well and puts slight stress on the vines, leading to perfectly flavorful grapes. Ruby Hill earned its name from the rich red soil of this region, and our Riverbed Red recognizes the legacy of Ruby Hill in the Livermore Valley. The 2018 vintage of this all-new blend includes Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah, and Petite Sirah. 
 

In addition to access to our club-exclusive wines, Club Members can enjoy discounts on all wines and merchandise, as well as complimentary tastings
To find out more about membership at Ruby Hill Winery, click here

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January 22, 2021 | Ruby Hill Winery

Introducing the New Ruby Hill Riverbed Red

       Here at Ruby Hill Winery, we are always looking to dazzle our patrons with delicious and exciting wines. This month, we are thrilled to announce our all-new Riverbed Red! This 2018 red blend will join our repertoire of magnificent Club-exclusive wines. 

        The Riverbed Red is comprised of Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah, and Petite Sirah. The nose is rich with notes of dark fruit, cocoa, chocolate and plums. On the palate, this wine has a huge mouthfeel and lively flavors of fruit and wild blueberries. The acidity is well balanced, and the tannins are smoothing out and will continue to integrate. Hints of oak and cocoa mingle to bring out a trace of s'mores in the long finish.

        Unveiling the Riverbed Red has put us in a celebratory mood. To commemorate this event, we’ve collected up recipes to make a 3-course meal to perfectly compliment this new wine. 

 

Appetizer: Brie Crostini with Prosciutto & Honey
recipe from Platings and Pairings

We are in love with this mouthwatering combination of creamy, salty, and sweet. Unbelievably easy to put together and perfectly classy, it’s an ideal treat to start off your evening. The tannins in the Riverbed Red pair perfectly with a plump, soft brie, complimented by the sweetness of the honey. 

 

 

 

Entree: New York Strip Steak with Lyonnaise Potatoes

recipe from Chef Billy Parsi

​This entree is a scrumptious, careful take on classic meat and potatoes. The Riverbed Red stands up to the salt and pepper crust on the steak, and the fruitiness of the wine is an excellent companion to the flavor of the strip steak. The big mouthfeel pairs with the heartiness of this entree, and the balanced acidity harmonizes with the rich lyonnaise potatoes.

 

 

Dessert: Espresso Cocoa Truffles
recipe from JavaCupcake

For dessert, we’ve chosen truffles, our favorite decadent delight. Not only are these truffles surprisingly easy to make at home, they are a lovely conclusion to a hearty meal. These truffles incorporate espresso, combining our favorite things: wine, chocolate, and coffee. These bits of goodness bring out the cocoa, dark fruit, and toasted notes of the Riverbed Red, and that’s enough to put us in a state of pure bliss. 

 
 
We are thrilled to debut this marvellous wine!
 

 

Time Posted: Jan 22, 2021 at 12:00 AM Permalink to Introducing the New Ruby Hill Riverbed Red Permalink

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