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July 22, 2022 | Ruby Hill Winery

Tasting a Bottle of Gold

We are absolutely thrilled to introduce a new vintage of this golden favorite, our 2021 Sauvignon Blanc! In this vintage, you can enjoy all of the most delicious and refreshing fruit notes all summer long. Below, we’re breaking down some of the prominent tasting notes of this beauty. Crafted with an emphasis on tropical notes with a touch of old-world style, our Estate shows its signature sun-kissed California flair.  

 

Pineapple - Tropical Touch

Notes of the king of fruits dance on the plate, along with other tropical essences like ripe guava.  

 

 

 

Pomelo - Citrus Zing

The citrus tartness of this Sauvignon Blanc makes it both deliciously refreshing and ideal for pairing!

 

 

 

Blossom - Floral Flair

A meadowlike essence swirls in the aroma, reminiscent of wildflowers, honeysuckle, and apple blossoms.

 

 

 

Pear - Polished Sweetness

On the finish, the citrus melts away into lingering golden pear notes to please the palate. 

 

 

This Sauvignon blanc boasts a medium mouthfeel, especially rich for this varietal. The lush flavors come from the inimitable sunshine of the Livermore Valley, creating a Sauvignon Blanc that is not grassy or plain. Try it today!

Time Posted: Jul 22, 2022 at 5:21 AM Permalink to Tasting a Bottle of Gold Permalink
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July 15, 2022 | Ruby Hill Winery

Summertime Food & Wine Pairings

Keep your pairings fresh, summery, and bright with this easy guide for Ruby Hill wines—you can even let your mood decide! With a little branching out, you’ll never have to worry about boring wine pairings and you just might discover a new favorite wine or signature dish. Cheers!

Feeling lighthearted?
Pair Sparkling WineGreen Bean Tempura with Curry Mayonnaise

Feeling vibrant?
Pair Sauvignon BlancGrilled Zucchini Tacos

Feeling snappy?
Pair Reserve Chardonnay & Mexican Street Corn Salad with Chipotle Crema

From the Modern Proper & Spook Fork Bacon

Feeling lively?
Pair Grapeful Red & Grilled Sriracha Pork Chops 

Feeling artsy?
Pair Grapeful Rosė & Tomato and Avocado Bruschetta

Feeling inspired?
Pair Sangiovese & Margherita Asparagus Stuffed Chicken

From Real Simple, The Modern Proper, and The Girl on Bloor 

Feeling untroubled?
Pair 2017 Peacock Patch Zinfandel (Library Collection) & Dressed Up Baked Beans

Feeling optimistic?
Pair Armonia Lot #10 (Library Collection) & Lamb Kofta

Feeling impeccable?
Pair 2019 Patchwork & Soy-Ginger Pulled Pork Sandwiches

From the Modern Proper, Spook Fork Bacon, and Midwest Living

Many of the wines featured above are also featured in our mixed cases, which are available at an unbeatable price for a limited time. Whether you’re looking for a mix of White Wines or Red Wines, this sale is the perfect chance to get your cellar and wine fridge prepped for a summer of great food and stellar sipping! Click below to shop now.

Time Posted: Jul 15, 2022 at 8:07 AM Permalink to Summertime Food & Wine Pairings Permalink
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July 8, 2022 | Ruby Hill Winery

Barbecue Style Breakdown

It’s the season for outdoor eating, and there’s nothing quite like the savory bliss of fresh barbecue. Not all barbecue is the same, and knowing the difference is an important start to perfecting your preferences and methods! Who knows, it may also be time to branch out and try new styles on new cuts of meat. Barbecue can be everything from a rack of ribs slathered in thick, sweet sauce to a huge smoky brisket, so we are looking at these traditional barbecue styles, the sides you might find with them, and the wines that love them!

Memphis Barbecue:

This style specializes in succulent pork ribs or pulled pork. Memphis barbecue requires patience as meats are smoked and cooked slowly for optimum flavor. Sauces generally have tangy profile, which we love alongside our Grapeful Red. This signature red blend also works with classic Memphis barbecue sides like creamy slaw, hush puppies, and corn on the cob.  

Texas Barbecue:

The Old West roots of this state have blossomed into many signature beef and pork dishes, most notably Texas hot links, ribs, and brisket. Texas barbecue focuses less on sauces and more on technique, allowing the meats themselves to shine. Flavor is also infused through marinating or basting. Our not-yet-released 2019 Patchwork blend makes a mouthwatering match for Texas barbecue. Side dishes like Texas pinto beans, green beans, and creamed corn should be roped in too!  

Carolina Barbecue:

If you’re looking for a whole hog (or the best smoked pork shoulder you’ve ever had) then this style is for you. Carolina style barbecue has many regional specialties, but a few of the notable features include mustard or vinegar based sauces and rich, smoky flavors. Enjoy this stye with Cielo Viola, one of our member-exclusive red blends, and dig in with a supporting cast of side dishes like Carolina-style  red cabbage slaw, collard greens, or potato salad. 

Kansas City Barbecue:

Slow cooked meat and thick sweet sauces characterize the Kansas City Style. The pinnacle of this style is the beautifully tender, smoky, savory-sweet magic of burnt ends. Are you hungry yet? We certainly are! A style this rich pairs perfectly with our Jewel Collection Zinfandel. Signature soul food side dishes like baked beans, fried okra, and mac n’ cheese will round it all out. 

Korean Barbecue:

A different delicious style, Korean barbecue is interactive and social! This style can involve all kinds of meat, but the signature is bulgogi, thin slices of sirloin that have been infused with flavor and tenderized in savory salty marinade. Often served with kimchi, rice, green onion salad (called pajeori) and rich sauce that combines sweet, savory, and spicy. We’re pairing our Peacock Patch Zinfandel with Korean style barbecue for the best flavor combination.

When in doubt, when it comes to pairing wine with any kind of barbecue, go for a Zinfandel. All of the suggested blends here feature Zin, which holds its own around big, smoky flavors and delicious meats!

Time Posted: Jul 8, 2022 at 4:50 AM Permalink to Barbecue Style Breakdown Permalink
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July 1, 2022 | Ruby Hill Winery

Wine of the Month: Reserve Sauvignon Blanc

         July is here, and we’re ready to celebrate! Our Wine of the Month for July is our Reserve Sauvignon Blanc. This wine is a favorite of our staff and members alike, full of bright, summery notes of fruit and citrus. Of course, summer and white wines go together like 4th of July and barbecue, so there’s no better time to open a bottle and enjoy each refreshingly crisp sip! 

        Every wine deserves a friend, so we have a few recipe ideas for irresistible pairing with our Sauvignon Blanc.

 

Creamy Garlic Prawns
recipe from Recipe Tin Eats 

A luscious yet light coating of creamy garlic over these plump jumbo prawns makes for a balanced and luxurious dish. You can use Sauvignon Blanc in the sauce itself, or use some other cooking wine and save the precious Sauv Blanc for Sipping! Either way, we encourage you to enjoy this pairing all summer long! 

 

 

 

Baked Fish Tacos
recipe from Plating Pixels 

​These easy tacos are another flavor-packed option that deserves a spot on your dinner table this summer. Fresh, bright, flavors compliment our Sauvignon Blanc and vice versa. As a bonus, this dish is healthier and just as flavorful as tacos with fried fish. Enjoy all of the natural benefits of wholesome ingredients, all alongside a locally made Sauvignon Blanc. What could be more perfect?

 

 

 

Cheesecake Berry Tart
recipe from Dessert First

Of course, we wouldn’t want to imagine life without dessert. This tart brings together a few of our favorite flavors and manages to be both rich and light. With all the creamy tang of cheesecake and the colorful natural sweetness of berries, this dessert is a natural companion for the brightness and flavor of our Estate-grown Sauvignon Blanc.  

 

 
Our Sauvignon Blanc is truly sunshine in a bottle. We develop the flavors in our Sauvignon Blanc fruit through very early exposure to the sun, removing some of the leafy canopy and unlocking the golden benefits of the sun. Don’t let this month go by without getting a bottle (or two!)
 

 

Time Posted: Jul 1, 2022 at 4:24 AM Permalink to Wine of the Month: Reserve Sauvignon Blanc Permalink
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June 24, 2022 | Ruby Hill Winery

Bigger and Better: All About Magnum Wines

June 2022 is our month to celebrate magnum wine bottles, the grandiose double-bottle beauties that every cellar needs! Magnums are more than a bigger bottle, they offer delicious benefits unique to this format, enticing the senses and elevating your wine experience with flavor and flair. 

The Specs:

A magnum wine bottle is exactly double the volume of a standard bottle and can weigh in around 6 pounds. One standard bottle is 750 milliliters, while magnum bottles are 1.5 liters (1500 milliliters). If this is the case, why not just purchase 2 standard bottles? Simply put, magnums have more to offer than sheer lavish volume. 

The Quality:

The moment wine comes in contact with oxygen, a simple chemical process known as oxidation occurs. Every wine bottle has a minute quantity of air trapped inside due to the bottling process, but larger formats like magnums have less oxygen relative to the quantity of wine. This slows down oxidation, maintaining rich quality and aiding in proper maturation.  

The Future:

Magnums are ideally suited for aging for a future occasion. Steady maturation helps the wine reach its prime and stay there for years. Magnums also have the practical advantage of being more resistant to temperature fluctuations that could threaten wine quality because the higher volume takes longer to warm or cool.  

The Rarity:

Magnums themselves are a collectible item, especially from a local estate vineyard like Ruby Hill Winery. Only a few magnums of select vintages are ever produced, and each one is hand bottled by our winemaker’s team. Not only do they make excellent additions to private collections, they are also a great choice for generous gifts.

The Grandeur:

Bring out one of these beauties at an elegant wedding, milestone anniversary, or beautiful holiday celebration, and it fits right in! These impressive bottles hold their own and command just the right amount of attention with their opulent presence and luxurious quality. 

Don’t miss out on our special-priced magnums during Magnum Month! Call us at (925) 931-9463 to hear more about our deals and order now. Our Magnums can sell out fast so act now.  

If you want more, consider joining our Magnum Club. Enjoy all of the perks of being a Diamond Wine Club member, but receive an allotment of 2 magnums each quarter! You can learn more or sign up in the tasting room anytime.

Time Posted: Jun 24, 2022 at 7:12 AM Permalink to Bigger and Better: All About Magnum Wines Permalink
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June 17, 2022 | Ruby Hill Winery

Pairing Vegetables and Wine

Wine and food pairing can seem like a daunting task, but we promise it doesn’t have to be! There’s no loss when you simply drink what you enjoy with the foods that you enjoy, but if you’re looking for special combinations that do favors for both the dish and the drink, we're here for you. 

Meals with multiple elements offer flexibility when it comes to pairing. Often, the wine is chosen based on what pairs best with the protein element, such as Cabernet Sauvignon with steak or Chardonnay with chicken. Seasonings like garlic, lemon, or herbs as well as preparations like grilling or stir-frying also play a role in what wine will truly make the food shine.

This week, we are thinking outside of the box to provide pairings based on the vegetable elements of your meal.  After all, we can all use some delicious veggies in our lives, especially if they come with a harmonious glass of wine!

Pairing Bell Peppers with Sangiovese

For this pairing, we are oven-roasting red, yellow, and orange bell peppers in a bit of olive oil, basil, salt, and pepper and finishing with a quick broil until just barely charred. These colorful beauties release just a bit of sweetness and complement the profile of our beautiful bright red Sangiovese.

Pairing Zucchini with Sauvignon Blanc

For most green vegetables, Sauvignon Blanc is an easy go-to. We like to spiralize zucchini and very lightly sauté the zucchini “noodles” in garlic-infused butter, then season with lemon juice and fresh herbs. The fresh, light flavors are perfect for airing with the simple golden beauty of our Sauvignon Blanc.

Pairing Cabbage with Cabernet Sauvignon

This pairing may seem to come out of left field, but it comes down to preparation. Finely shredded cabbage, red or green, makes a toothsome, flavor-packed meal when braised with high-quality fat (such as duck fat) and joined by pancetta or bacon. Trust us, it’s hearty enough to harmonize with our Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon.

Pairing Broccoli with Chardonnay

We love a well-seasoned pan of roasted broccoli. Easy to make and even easier to eat, these nutrient-packed florets offer flavor that flourished alongside an unctuous Chardonnay. Our oak-aged Reserve Chardonnay compliments the natural flavors without being overpowering.

Pairing Brussels Sprouts with Zinfandel

This particular vegetable is known for being a tricky component for wine pairings. Aside from Sauvignon Blanc, many wines are not exceptionally compatible with this lovely veggie. However, for this pairing, we’re busting out the fryer (or air fryer) for some crispy-yet-tender bites, and seasoning with a balsamic reduction perfect with our Peacock Patch Zinfandel.

Pairing Asparagus with a Red Blend

Barbecue season is upon us, so for this pairing we are grilling marinated asparagus for a lovely char and enjoying it alongside a glass of our Grapeful Red. This wine is a pairing artist, and will also go phenomenally with burgers, sausages, and anything else that comes off the grill. Take it easy!

What's your favorite pairing? Let us know @rubyhillwines

Time Posted: Jun 17, 2022 at 6:43 AM Permalink to Pairing Vegetables and Wine Permalink
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June 10, 2022 | Ruby Hill Winery

Ruby Hill Vineyard Update

In the vineyard, the time of year is a time of transition. From blossoms to berries and proliferation to pruning, the vines are busy!

Our winemaker Jesse is carefully monitoring this crucial stage, keeping an eye on the health of the vines and their transition from blossom to berry, referred to as "fruit set."

Weather conditions this year have been beneficial for the vines. Tendrils like these reach out from the rows of each vineyard block, voracious and verdant. 

We have seen exuberant growth all across the estate, including the little patch of Zinfandel right in front of our tasting room. 

Our vines have sent out shoots and leaves for months, gaining gorgeous green volume. Soon, we will begin the process of leafing, in which some of the leafy canopy is removed so that the young fruit can be exposed to the sunlight. 

The Cabernet Sauvignon and Sauvignon Blanc fruit benefit even more from sun exposure than any other varietal. Sunlight is a key ingredient in allowing the fruit to express itself in our final product. 

In some spots in the vineyard, you can still spot the remnants of the blossoming stage, but we are delighted to see the developments with fruit set throughout the estate. 

This important development into little clusters has been accomplished, giving us a glimpse of what the 2022 harvest will hold later this year. These clusters won't be tiny for long, so stay tuned!

Want to get up close and personal with the Estate Vineyard yourself? Take a ride with our MCVE tour and see it like never before!

Time Posted: Jun 10, 2022 at 4:45 AM Permalink to Ruby Hill Vineyard Update Permalink
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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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