It's finally football season! September is almost over and we may not be going to games, this fall, why not throw a nice socially-distant football party at home? Many associate football games with beer, but we think wine is a great option for all of your favorite football snacks. Below, we're sharing a few recipes and wine pairings for you to enjoy during the next big game. Let us know which one is your favorite!
Football Snacks and Rubino Estates Wine Pairings
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September and October are often overlooked as ideal times to visit wine country, but we think the fall is one of the best seasons in California. The mornings are lovely and cold, and the daytime temperatures are still warm enough for poolside hangouts. With so many of us staying closer to home during 2020, it's the perfect opportunity to explore what's going on in your back yard.
When was the last time you spent time diving into the treasures of the Livermore Valley? It can be easy to overlook what is immediately around us. Still, when we take time to be intentional about exploring our home towns, we can discover or rediscover so many lovely things. Better yet, we have the opportunity to support our local community!
The Livermore Valley is home to world-class wineries and wines, fantastic restaurants, beautiful parks and trails, and great shopping. We hope this sample weekend itinerary helps you plan your next staycation in the valley!
Friday Night: Check into The Rose Hotel
Rest easy at The Rose Hotel. Ranked among the Bay Area's top hotels, this luxurious boutique hotel is located in Pleasanton's downtown historic district with easy access to restaurants, shops, and wineries.
Saturday Morning: Fuel up with a delicious breakfast
You could stay in at The Rose Hotel for your complimentary continental breakfast, or you could head out to Monica's Livermore. Set in the historical building of one of Livermore's original winery's, Monica's Livermore has a delicious farm-to-table breakfast dishes. The french toast is not to be missed!
Hit the trails
Livermore Valley is abundant with open space. Beautiful trails will take you through picturesque Sycamore groves, or you might stumble upon expansive views of rolling hills lined with vineyards. Get out early and feel the cool breezes that gently blow the fog out of the valley. This park is one of our favorites.
Saturday Afternoon: Enjoy a wine tasting at Rubino Estates
Saturday Night: End the evening with a lovely dinner at Incontro Ristorante
Discover a little bit of Italy in downtown Danville. Incontro's menu features a fantastic selection of Italian-inspired dishes that will pair perfectly with your favorite Rubino Estates wine. Freshly-made pasta, local and seasonal vegetables, and house-made desserts - you can't go wrong!
Sunday Morning: Prepare to return home
Wake up refreshed at The Rose Hotel and take in one more coffee before you head back home.
We hope you discover something new and exciting during your staycation in Livermore Valley. There's so much more to see and do! You can check out Visit Tri-Valley for even more suggestions.
Last week, our winemaker, Jesse Plautz, took us on a tour of the vineyard to show us his process for sampling grapes. As of this week, all of our Sauvignon Blanc is in the winery fermenting away! We also brought in Sangiovese but will continue to monitor the other red grapes to determine the best time to harvest them. One of the benefits of the strange skies is that it protects the grapes from too much sun which might cause the grapes to ripen too quickly. Slow and steady wins the race when it comes to developing ideal physiological ripeness. We hope you enjoy this visual diary of a day at the winery!
September is here, and so is harvest! We've already picked most of our white grapes that will become your favorite white wines like the Riserva and Landmark Chardonnays. As you can see in the photo above, most of the time, grapes are picked in the very early morning when the vines are resting and the grapes have relaxed and restored themselves from the heat of the day. This helps make sure that the grapes are plump and fresh when they arrive at the winery for processing.
In this week's video, Jesse shares with us what effect, if any, the heat spike and surprise rain had on the grapes and vines. He also breaks down his process for sampling, which helps guide the decisions for when to pick to ensure optimum ripeness for the wines we craft from our estate.
Have any other harvest questions? Send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org and we'll have Jesse answer them for you!