It's National Red Wine Day and we feel like this particular wine holiday is our favorite. At Rubino Estates, we are known for our Italian inspired red wine blends and as we head into fall, a glass of red wine around the fire pit is the perfect way to wind down after a long day.
Here are a few of our favorite red wines for National Red Wine Day.
Our Favorite Red Wines for National Wine Day
Flavors and aromas of red fruit with overtones of strawberry jam and black currant preserves. Our 2016 Night Owl Barbera has a very full body that is balanced by the characteristic acidity of the wine. A long finish with a hint of oak, creme de cassis, and mixed berry jam. Pair it with richer, high acid or fatty dishes like roast duck, tomato-based dishes like spaghetti with Italian sausage, Osso Bucco, pizza and hamburgers.
Flavors and aromas of chocolate, red fruit, plum, and fig are all present within the complex aroma. The flavors really emerge on the palate, joined by a big mouthfeel, smooth tannins, and a melange of spices. Ripe red fruit joins the other flavors as the wine continues to open. A couple of plates to try with this wine: spaghetti with meat sauce and baked rigatoni with eggplant and sausage.
On the nose, you will find an intense combination of fruit and spice. The flavors are reminiscent
of cherry pie, rhubarb, and clove. Firm acidity delivers intense red fruit and results in a long, lingering finish. Enjoy with baby back ribs, burgers with blue cheese and grilled onions, roasted tomato spaghetti, and deep-dish pizza.
We hope you raise a glass of your favorite Rubino Estates red wine today. Tag us on social @rubinoestates and celebrate with us!
We think of wine as one of life's luxuries that brings our friends and loved ones together, excites the senses, and elevates the ordinary day. We all have our favorite wines for regular everyday drinking, but sometimes we have bottles we reserve for those special occasions. The Rubino Estates Library Club is a wonderful addition to your wine club membership that will start you on your path to building your wine cellar.
The idea of moving from wine enthusiast to wine collector might sound intimidating, but we want to offer some suggestions on how you can start to build a collection of wine at home for you to enjoy in the future. What makes wine collection exciting is that there is the potential of your wines to gain in value, it's also a fun way to collect memories and give gifts. We have friends gift new parents with a nice bottle of wine from their children's birth year for them to open when they turn 21 or get married. You can be the hostess with the most-ess when you offer a vertical tasting at your holiday dinner. The opportunities to enjoy your collection are endless.
Here are a few tips on how to start building a collection of your own.
- Set a budget. Decide how much you can dedicate to building your collection. You can start building with just a few hundred or a few thousand. Deciding on your budget ahead of time will help you determine your approach to collecting.
- Create a system for storage. Pick a system for storing your wine safely. To maintain the integrity of your wine, it's essential to keep it as stable as possible, particularly when it comes to temperature. When wine gets too hot or experiences too many changes in temperature, it degrades the wine and shortens its life. If you are unable to create a cellar in your home, start with a wine cooler with temperature controls for both white wine and red wine.
- Keep inventory. If you plan on collecting expensive wine, you'll want to make sure you have an accurate record of your wines for insurance purposes. It's also helpful to use a tracking system that has vintage notes and a vintage chart, so you know the ideal time to drink or hold your wine.
- Buy what you like. The best wine to collect is the wine you enjoy. Your collection should reflect your tastes! Look to the wines you enjoy drinking now, and ask your favorite wineries if they have library wines for sale.
Now you're on your way to becoming a collector! As a Rubino Estates Wine Club Member, you have the opportunity to add the Library Club. The Library Club offers you two additional allotments per year of wines specially curated by the winemaker. You'll also enjoy the added benefit of a complimentary Portfolio Tasting experience for up to 4 guests! Learn how you can become a member today! If you'd like to add the Library Club, call the winery at (925) 484-1699 to begin.
We're excited to announce our new club member referral program!
We believe that wine is meant to be shared with those you love, so we created a unique offering for you to share more of what you love about being a club member at Rubino Estates Winery.
Starting August 10, 2020, you have the opportunity to earn 500 Bonus Grape Rewards Loyalty Points for each new friend that joins the club. There are no limits on how many people you can refer - just make sure that your friend mentions your name to the wine ambassador when they sign up. Both you and your friend will receive 500 Bonus Grape Rewards Loyalty Points, which will be deposited into your account within 7 days.
*We kindly ask that new club members be in good standing and receive at least one club shipment; otherwise, bonus points may be deducted from your account.
If you are not yet a club member at Rubino Estates, you can learn more about our club options here. Those interested in joining the club can join at the tasting room 7 days a week from 11:00am-5:30pm or may call the winery directly at 925-484-1699.
To keep the house cool during summer, we try to grill as much as possible. We get to reduce the mess in the kitchen, enjoy a glass of wine on the patio while we wait for the food to cook, and enjoy the sunset. There is also something about the way the grill transforms the flavors of food - we have yet to eat a vegetable that did not taste way better when it was grilled!
One of our favorite, simple condiments to make at home are compound butters. What is compound butter? It is essentially butter that is softened, mixed with spices or herbs, and then chilled down again to form a nice round log of deliciousness that you can slice and put atop or mix into foods.
The August Wine of the Month is our 2017 Rubino Estates Riserva Cabernet Sauvignon. With brooding aromas of dark fruit with cooked plum and sweet cherries, delicate notes of baking spices and vanilla, and firm tannins, it is one of our favorite wines for a grilled filet or ribeye. Pair your next steak with our Riserva Cabernet Sauvignon and one of the herb butters below. PS. These butters are also great on a platter of grilled vegetables too!
Tasty Compound Butter Recipes
To make compound butter, soften butter until it's easy to mix with a hand mixer or you can use fewer dishes to use a fork and bowl. Mix in your desired herbs and seasonings. Transfer the softened butter to a sheet of parchment paper or plastic wrap. Form the softened butter into a log, twist the ends of the parchment paper, or plastic wrap to hold. Chill the butter for at least 2 hours or until firm. The butter can be stored in the fridge or freezer until needed.
- 1 stick unsalted butter
- 2 tablespoons chopped fresh herbs (such as parsley, thyme, rosemary and oregano)
- ½ teaspoon salt
- 1/2 teaspoon ground pepper
- 1 stick unsalted butter
- ½ jalapeno pepper, seeded and minced very finely
- juice of ½ lime
- ½ teaspoon salt
- 1 stick unsalted Butter
- 2 heads Garlic
- 2 tsp Olive oil
- 1/2 tsp Kosher or sea salt
Order your 2017 Riserva Cabernet Sauvignon for pickup today. Enjoy complimentary shipping on orders containing 6 or more bottles!