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April 30, 2021 | Rubino Estates Winery

Things You Might Not Know about Cabernet Sauvignon

Cabernet Sauvignon is called the "King of Wine Grapes," and with good reason. You know its classic, luxurious taste, but how much do you know about its vines and history? Here’s a few things every Cab lover should know!

Cabernet Sauvignon is the most widely planted grape varietal in the world. 

According to Forbes, there are at least 840,000 acres of Cabernet Sauvignon grapes planted worldwide. Though Cab has been increasing in popularity in its centuries of existence, it has experienced several surges in popularity. Between 1990 and 2010 alone, the worldwide acreage of Cabernet Sauvignon grapes doubled. Now, these grapes can be found growing on every continent except Antarctica. 

Cabernet Sauvignon is like true love

Because it just gets better with age! Cabernet is known to increase in quality overtime in the cellar, and can even maintain quality over decades. This reliability is due to its tanninc nature. Not only are the tannins a delight to the palate, they ensure the enduring quality of the bottle if properly cellared. Cabernet Sauvignon earns this pleasant tannin character because the individual grapes are quite small and the skins are thick. 

Cabernet Sauvignon is the star child of a famous family

The origins of this varietal were quite mysterious until a group of researchers at UC Davis discovered that it was the result of a (likely accidental) marriage of Sauvignon Blanc and Cabernet Franc vines. This romance was a surprise to many sommeliers who would not have correlated a delicate white wine like Sauvignon Blanc with such rich red offspring. Cabernet Sauvignon also shares a father with Merlot grapes, which are also offspring of Cabernet Franc. 

Cabernet Sauvignon loves California

Just like us, Cabernet Sauvignon loves warm days as long as it gets some shade along the way. Cab ripens late and requires warmth to reach full ripeness. When Cabernet grapes are grown in cooler places, they generally exhibit notes of green pepper or eucalyptus, while warmer climate Cab is more fruit-forward. Both flavor profiles are sought after and are merely a matter of personal preference. 

Cabernet Sauvignon is sometimes worth its weight in gold

Wine collectors and investors may regularly spend hundreds of dollars on rare or exclusive wines, and aged Cabernet Sauvignon is an excellent catch for a collector. The highest sale for any bottle of wine ever recorded was in 1992, when a 6 liter bottle of Cabernet Sauvignon sold at a charity auction for $500,000.

Cabernet Sauvignon is food's best friend

There's nothing quite like a marbeled ribeye, served perfectly medium rare with a glass of Cabernet Sauvignon. Many sommeliers agree that one of the best meats for this wine is actually lamb, best served roasted to medium wellness. Younger Cabs are specially suited to all kinds of richer meats due to the tannins that actually act as tastebud "scrapers," refreshing the palate between bites. As Cab ages, its tannins mellow out and integrate, broadening the pairing potential even further.

Cabernet Sauvignon helped a winemaking revolution

A delicious California Cabernet Sauvignon took center stage for one of the biggest upheavals in the modern history of wine. During the Paris Wine Tasting of 1976, a panel of French judges ranked California-grown Cabernet Sauvignon above French Cabernet Sauvignon in a blind tasting. Before that moment, wines grown in the native soil of the Bordeaux region were generally assumed to be the best in the world. Form then on, California's Cabernet Sauvignon could not be ignored. In the wine world, this historic tasting has become known as the “Judgment of Paris.”

Cabernet Sauvignon is a solo performer and a team player

In addition to tasting excellent as a standalone varietal, Cabernet provides an excellent backbone for a multitude of red blends. Most bordeaux-style blends owe some of their structure and flavor profile to the presence of this reliable grape. Many bottles of Cabernet also have a touch of another varietal; each winemaker adds their own personality and flair to the blend. As a Cal-Ital winery, we infuse a bit of Italian flair with just a touch of Barbera. 

Here at Rubino Estates, we are proud to offer a California-Italian spin on this Bordeaux classic, recently awaraded a Double-Gold medal in the San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition. Come by to give it a taste today, or place an order now!

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April 23, 2021 | Rubino Estates Winery

A North American Owl Prowl

In honor of Earth Week, we’re taking some time to honor and appreciate owls, some of the most majestic and beautiful creatures in our area. Here at Rubino Estates, we provide owl boxes for these incredible birds who patrol our vineyards from dusk until dawn, providing ambience, wonder, and natural pest control. Our Night Owl Barbera is named in honor of these mysterious nighttime visitors.  

In folklore, owls have long been associated with wisdom and have been set apart from other birds for their many exceptional qualities. Most famously, their heads can swivel an astonishing 270 degrees, but that is not the only exceptional feature of this creature. Owls are “zygodactyl” meaning that they have three toes, one of which acts similar to a thumb. A group of owls is called a Parliament, inspired by a description of a meeting of owls in C.S. Lewis’s Chronicles of Narnia. Our region boasts many members of these parliaments, all with fascinating characteristics.

The Great Horned Owl is one of the most adaptable owls, an can be found living all across North America. They’re a talkative bunch, with the males’ call audible from a few miles away on a clear night. They are named for the distinctive tufts of feathers which stick upwards from their head, resembling horns. They’re fierce, intimidating, and have few natural predators—allowing them to live upwards of 28 years. 

The Northern Pygmy Owl earns its name from its small size, but don’t trifle with one! They are talented hunters and are known to take on prey up to three times their own size. They are less nocturnal than most owls, hunting mostly during the day. They also dress up to protect from possible predators; with a unique feather pattern on the back of their heads resembling eyes, they are always watching!

The Short-Eared Owls are like the Wright brothers of this family of birds, as they are especially talented at flying. Their smaller bodies are well suited to taking wing, with a migration length of up to 1,200miles. To avert predators, they will lift their ear tufts or excrete on their own eggs. Short-Eared owls are elusive and happy in forests as well as marshes, fields, and even tundra.

The Western Screech Owl has another unique strategy for pest control in the nest; they are known to bring blind snakes into their nests as “pets” when their eggs have not yet hatched in order to keep pests like ants and flies away. These little owls are comfortable in more urban areas like city parks, but have excellent camouflage and thus often go undetected. 

The Great Grey Owl is one of the most awe-inspiring owls in the world. Even in flight, these birds are often completely silent as they hunt for mice, small mammals, and other birds. These huge, rarely spotted birds can grow up to 5 feet in wingspan. Rather than building their own nests, they exert their dominance and simply steal from other birds. Great Grey owls are sometimes called bearded owls, but have also been known as “The Phantom of the North.” 

The Barn Owl, named for their tendency to prefer caves and barns over nests, are talented nocturnal hunters. Their feathers are designed to make them exceptionally quiet, making them the perfect fit for nighttime pest control in our vineyards. Their hearing is so keen that they can pinpoint prey even in blackout conditions. These owls mate for life, which is fitting as these lovebirds are known for their heart-shaped faces. Other names for the Barn Owl are the Church Owl or a Ghost Owl.

Our Night Owl Barbera features a label embossed with the winsome visage of a barn owl in flight. All of the grapes grown for this classic Italian red are grown in our estate vineyards, all of which are guarded by the faithful watch of these creatures. We have installed a number of owl boxes throughout the estate, some of which are pictured below, to welcome their presence. Here at Rubino Estates Winery, we are committed to sustainability and caring for nature because we want to say thank you to all of the ecosystems that enrich our lives everyday.

Time Posted: Apr 23, 2021 at 12:21 AM Permalink to A North American Owl Prowl Permalink
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April 16, 2021 | Rubino Estates Winery

The Portfolio Experience Returns to Rubino Estates

        In an unassuming nook of the Rubino Estates tasting room, there is a hidden door leading to the coveted Library room. This vault-like chamber is nestled between our main tasting room and the production cellar, where our wines come to life. This room is used for one purpose: to showcase and enjoy the highest-quality, most luxurious wines during our Portfolio Tastings. There, you will experience the finest wines we have to offer from Rubino Estates, as well as the topmost wines from our sister winery, Ruby Hill. Along the way, you will be guided by one of our knowledgeable Wine Ambassadors and treated to delicious food offerings. Nothing compares to this experience, showcasing the best of the best: our Portfolio.

     More than a year has passed since we were last able to host this experience, so we are pleased to announce that we will offer the Portfolio Tasting experience once more! To give a taste of what this experience entails, we have provided information below about the luxurious offerings in this tasting. Though the wines featured in our Portfolio change from time to time, we are proud to resume this experience featuring the following wines. 

From Rubino Estates Winery's Landmark Collection: 

2018 Landmark Chardonnay

This critically-acclaimed and expertly crafted Chardonnay is creamy through-and-through with a touch of butterscotch sweetness. Experience the aroma of honeyed fruit, vanilla, and a touch of oak, with a full-bodied mouthfeel followed by a long finish with flavors of stone fruit. This wine was awarded 92 points from Wine Enthusiast, emphasizing "aromas of toasted oak and roasted walnuts, rich and deep Bosc pear flavors and a deliciously thick texture that helps carry it all through a lingering finish."


2017 Landmark Sangiovese

Crafted from carefully selected hand-harvested clusters of our Estate-grown Sangiovese, this classic Italian red is a delight to the eye and to the palate. This wine is elegant and pleasantly balanced, with a friendly level of acidity allowing it to pair perfectly with most dishes. Vibrant notes of ripe strawberry and black cherry mingle with notes of vanilla and baking spices in the aroma, while flavors of kiwi and black pepper emerge on the palate. Soft tannins and a full mouthfeel ensure ultimate satisfaction with this wine. 


2017 Landmark Proprietary Red

Our Proprietary Red earned its name through its exclusivity: the exact components of this luxurious red blend are known only to the winemaker. The secret is closely guarded, though many have proposed theories regarding the makeup of the blend. As for us, we appreciate the air of mystery, and find the wine undeniably stupendous. After a layered fruit aroma with a touch of floral and vanilla character, this wine continues to delight with a full, silky mouthfeel and a luxuriously long finish. We invite all of our Portfolio Tasting guests to be intrigued by the unique and inviting complexity of our Proprietary Red. 


From Ruby Hill Winery's Jewel Collection:

2018 Jewel Petit Verdot

Borrowed from our sister winery, Ruby Hill, the Jewel Petit Verdot continues the legacy of carefully grown and vinified wines. Proudly bearing the historic Ruby Hill likeness, this bottle is right at home open on the table or aging in the cellar. A nuanced aroma of violets, lilacs, berries, and plums greets the nose, and the palate enhances the fruit and floral notes with hints of toasted oak. Integrated tannins structure the mouthfeel, ensuring a deliciously pleasing sip. The Jewel Petit Verdot undergoes a limited production, so it's always worth enjoying before it's gone!

2017 Jewel Cabernet Sauvignon

Representing the epitome of Ruby Hill's winemaking, the wines created for the Jewel Collection are designed to showcase the best of what the Estate has to offer. This elegant, handcrafted Cabernet Sauvignon tastes like pure luxury, earning 92 points from Wine Enthusiast. Blueberry and marionberry aromas mingle together on the nose of this wine. On the palate, the wine continues with mixed berry flavors, with a hint of vanilla peeking through in the mid palate. Graceful tannins and a full mouthfeel lead to a very long, pleasant finish. 


In addition to these stellar bottles, guests will also have the exclusive opportunity to taste a future wine, pulled from a barrel in our cellar. If you are interested in experiencing our Portfolio for yourself, reservations are now available for groups of 4-6. Click here to reserve now!


This experience is offered Friday-Sunday only. All guests must be 21+ years. 
The Portfolio Tasting is $40 per person or $35 for members of Rubino Estates or Ruby Hill Winery. 
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April 9, 2021 | Rubino Estates Winery

How We Do Cheese Fondue

        It's no secret that cheese and wine are good friends, so we're not surprised that cheese fondue is a perfectly decadent and delicious indulgence. If you are looking to make the ultimate spread of dippers for cheese fondue, look no further! We've rounded up the most delectable fruits, vegetables, meats, and breads for the ultimate fondue night, so we can put together the best kind of charcuterie: a fondue board.


Almost every fully cooked meat can make itself at home in a cocoon of cheese. Classics for cheese include grilled shrimp, poached chicken, or a juicy filet (cut into cubes, or course). Sausage and meatballs are less conventional but delicious nonetheless. For a touch of salty sharpness, play around with cured meats like prosciutto or peppered salami. For a vegetarian option, baked tofu or quick stir-fried tempeh are perfect savory options. 


The rule of thumb for vegetables: If you like it raw, you'll like it dipped in cheese. Fondue makes getting your daily serving of veggies as easy as can be! Fresh veggies like broccoli, snap peas, and carrots add a satisfying crunch, and blanching these ahead of time is perfect. You can play with flavors by roasting other veggies like cauliflower or brussels sprouts. For a unique sharpness, try baby pickles or sliced barrel pickles. Roasted baby potatoes are also a mouthwatering addition to the spread. 


Don't be afraid to bring a little sweetness to a cheese fondue party! Fruit finds a home on gourmet cheese boards, so why not make it at home enveloped with gourmet cheese? Our favorite fresh fruits for dipping include seedless grapes, green apples, and pears. For the more adventerous palate, try pineapple or even seasonal melons. Dried fruits like smyrna figs or apricots are also a delicious pick.  


Fondue was originally enjoyed as a solution for reviving stale bread, so make sure to carve up a good loaf to honor the tradition! When it comes to the best bread to choose, the crustier the better. Choose a bread with some structural integrity as well as good nooks and crannies for capturing the cheesy goodness. Don't shy away from bolder flavors like sourdough, rye, or even pumpernickel.

        Though the only rule of fondue that we ascribe to is "enjoy!" we also appreciate the supersitious ettiquette of fondue. For example, there are only a few beverages that traditionally pair with this dish, or else the diners may become ill! Fortunately, white wine is on the list so we're opening a bottle of Fumé Blanc to be safe. As you make your fondue, keep your stirring in mind: only clockwise or figure-eight patterns are proper. Lastly, make sure to twirl your skewer so the luscious strings of cheese envelop each tasty morsel while keeping the table clean.

        With our love for Italian flair here at Rubino Estates, we're drawn to recipes that bring a touch of Italy to this classic French-Swiss dish. We love this recipe for cheese fondue with Taleggio and Fontina! Grab your fondue pot and your skewers, and let's get dipping.

How do you fondue? Let us know @rubinoestates.

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April 2, 2021 | Rubino Estates Winery

April's Wine of the Month: Riserva Cabernet Sauvignon

The Rubino Estates 2017 Riserva Cabernet Sauvignon was just awarded Double Gold in the San Francisco Wine Competition, just in time to become our Wine of the Month for April! This beautifully balanced wine is complex while still being approachable. As is our specialty here at Rubino Estates, we've put an Italian spin on this traditional Bordeaux classic, composing it of 82% Cabernet Sauvignon, 7% Barbera, 6% Petit Verdot, 3% Petite Sirah, and 2% Syrah. We love it on its own, but it's also absolutely stellar for pairing. This week, we're starting off with an appetizer of Portabella and Goat Cheese Tarts to compliment the light grip of the tannins and the food-friendly acidity of our Cabernet Sauvignon. 

A classy step up from chips and dip, these tiny tarts are the perfect savory appetizer pairing for our Riserva Cabernet Sauvignon. This recipe is easy, delicious, and a great springboard for experimenting with your own flavor combinations! Feel free to switch up the cheese, play with herbs and spices, or garnish with other savory toppings. A hard cheese like aged gouda, a dash of fresh rosemary, or sweet caramelized shallots would all be heavenly additions to this recipe. 

Portabella and Goat Cheese Tarts

  • 1/2 sheet puff pastry
  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 1/4 pound baby portabella mushrooms, sliced
  • 2 cloves garlic, crushed
  • 1/2 cup crumbled goat cheese
  • 4 teaspoons finely chopped parsley


  1. Preheat an oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C). Lightly grease a baking tray.
  2. Lay puff pastry out on a lightly floured surface and cut into 8 squares. Prick the squares in several places with a fork and place on the prepared baking sheet.
  3. Bake the puff pastry squares for 7 minutes, then remove the tray from the oven and flatten the squares using the backside of a spatula. Return the puff pastry to the oven to bake until golden brown, 5 to 8 minutes. Remove from oven.
  4. Meanwhile, melt the butter in a skillet over high heat. Sautée the mushrooms and garlic in the butter until mushrooms are tender, 5 to 7 minutes, then remove from heat.
  5. Top the baked puff pastry squares evenly with the mushroom mixture, then crumble goat cheese over mushrooms. Garnish with chopped parsley and serve. 

These mouthwatering little tarts are just one of countless pairing options. If you have another favorite, we'd love to hear about it! We love new ideas, so let us know @rubinoestates. For your pairing pleasure, our Riserva Cabernet Sauvignon is available for only $27 for the month of April. 

Time Posted: Apr 2, 2021 at 12:00 AM Permalink to April's Wine of the Month: Riserva Cabernet Sauvignon Permalink
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March 26, 2021 | Rubino Estates Winery

Springtime at the Estate

Every visitor to Rubino Estates is greeted by Lasaone, the maiden of spring. She faces the avenue leading to the Estate, welcoming everyone to dwell on the quiet majesty of natural beauty. 

Stories about the transition from the cold season to the colorful growing season are hallmarks of human tradition and myth. With modern scientific understanding of the earth's axis and orbit, we're aware of the natural causes for springtime and the shifts in weather. Even so, we think it's beneficial to be enchanted by the change from cold and dormant to warm and colorful, observing the beauty of blossoms and sunshine with wonder. This week, we're looking into the myths and traditions of old to connect with timeless nature of what springtime brings to the Estate.

Light and Warmth

In Norse mythology, the god primarily associated with spring was Baldur, the god of light. Baldur was one of the most beloved deities within Norse myth. He was always depicted as attractive, and was praised for bringing light to springtime. At Rubino Estates, we appreciate the sunny days and pleasant warmth drawing the plants out of dormancy and waving goodbye to the chill of winter. As we enjoy these first days of spring, the cold days have reminded us of a story told by the Hopi people, which spoke of the Forces of Winter and Summer fighting over Blue Corn Maiden. This figure caused the crops to grow, so her presence was vital. When the weather would shift suddenly between warmth and cold, it was said that the forces of summer and winter were fighting over her. Eventually, summer would win and the crops could grow in safety.

Blossoms and Leaves

It's been a delight to watch the foliage around the Estate bursting into color. The determined weeds in between or rows of Petite Sirah have popped with tiny purple blooms, and this plum cherry tree overlooking our Sangiovese block has held onto its blossoms through multiple storms. In Greek mythology, the world would blossom when Demeter, the goddess of agriculture, experienced the joy of her daughter Persephone making her yearly journey out of the Underworld. For the time that Persephone would remain, the world would be fruitful, earning her the title of the goddess of spring.

Birds and Other Fauna

From tiny chicks to the easter bunny, spring is known to be a season for new life and precious animals. We've done some birdwatching on the Estate, appreciating the lively flocks as well as the solitary creatures. As we know, each one of these has a place in our ecosystem. Pictured above is a Eastern Bluebird, perching on our Zinfandel vines, as well as an American Robin, the family of which has taken up residence in one of our pepper trees. In Welsh folklore, the goddess of spring was named Blodeuwedd, meaning "flower faced." She was known for following her own rules and doing as she pleased, eventually turning herself into an owl to escape responsibility. Though nearly impossible to spot, our vineyards are also home to many owls who patrol majestically from dusk until dawn as well as being effective pest control. Like Blodeuwedd, spring can be finicky, but it is undeniably a season of great beauty. 

The sun is shining, the soil is warming, and leaves are breaking out of their buds. The song of the sparrows echoes over the vineyard as the sun breaks through the clouds of the spring rain. Spring has officially arrived at Rubino Estates, and we're delighted to share it with you. 

What's your favorite thing about spring? Let us know @rubinoestates on social media!

Time Posted: Mar 26, 2021 at 12:00 AM Permalink to Springtime at the Estate Permalink
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March 19, 2021 | Rubino Estates Winery

Vineyard Update: Bud Break

Here in Rubino's Estate vineyard, the new year of growing begins with an event called "bud break" or "bud burst." Throughout the dormant season, tiny nodes in the wood have rested, waiting to put forth a small, protected bud. As the weather warms and the vine begins to move nutrients up, the buds begin to swell. Generally, the vine is considered to have officially begun to break its buds when the tips of the leaves are visible. The timing of the bud break is very important, as an earlier break means a longer growing season but increases the likelihood of injury to the tender shoots from spring frosts. 

Even if the vines look dormant, the onset of spring sets things in motion underground. The carefully pruned Barbera vines shown above are getting ready to put out buds once the weather allows. Grapevines begin to send up the needed nutrients from their roots when the daily temperature is about 50 °F or above, though different varieties have different temperature preferences.

If the woody cane was pruned properly the prior season, you may see the vine undergo a process called "bleeding" wherein water is pushed up from the roots carrying organic acids, minerals, and sugars. On average, a single vine may expel more than a gallon of sap during this phase. Pictured above is a weeping vine of our Sauvignon Blanc preparing to begin the next phase of bud growth. 

Tiny buds are the surest sign marking the end of the dormancy period. As long as the weather is warm, cloudy days can't stop this new Sangiovese bud from beginning to swell and bringing some freshness to the vineyard. The tender growth stands out in contrast to the aged cane, which was pruned in the prior season and is now ready to support the new development. 

As the vines continue to turn their stored starch into sugar, their buds break and tiny leaves begin to unfurl. When enough surface area is exposed, the leaves will begin to perform photosynthesis. Pictured here are our Chardonnay vines, which begin the bud breaking phase earlier than other varietals. Slowly but surely, these infant leaves will provide increasingly more energy to the vine, aiding the continued growth process. Within a few weeks, the vines will be fully clothed in lush greenery. 

We are excited for the season to come!

Time Posted: Mar 19, 2021 at 4:03 PM Permalink to Vineyard Update: Bud Break Permalink
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March 12, 2021 | Rubino Estates Winery

Upcycling Wine Barrels: 3 Ideas

One of the greatest joys of winemaking is how picturesque the work is. From the vineyards, to the barrels, to the wine itself, we're surrounded by beauty here at the Estate. We are always looking for ways to protect and sustain the beauty around us. The average "lifespan" of the oak barrels we use to store and age the wine is about 5 years, though some barrels last as long as 10 years. When they are no longer fit for winemaking, they are full of potential for other practical and elegant uses. We offer our gorgeous retired barrels so they can be passed on to new purposes. A few of our favorite ideas for upcycling barrels are below!


Planter Box 

Barrel planters can be customized with so many shapes and layouts that you can plant a huge range of foliage. Whether you’re planting succulents, pansies, kale, or tomatoes, there’s a setup that meets your needs. The simplest design of sawing the barrel half, either vertically or horizontally, yields two spacious, matching planters. If you're curious about more innovative layouts, click here for inspiration!



Pet Bed

Pets are part of the family, so why not let them be wine lovers too? Put a plush bed in a classy, upcycled barrel from a local winery, and they have the perfect place to cuddle up  when they're dog-tired. This bed would be perfect for both cats and dogs, but make sure to measure—you don't want your big dog to spill out! There are more elaborate options for wine barrel pet beds ranging from little wooden caves to thrones. You can dream up a custom masterpiece for your furry friend!

Grill Cart

We love this outdoor cooking must-have.The barrel has been transfromed into a combination food prep station and cold storage. The clever addition of a rack for grilling tools (using the slats cut out from the side of the barrel) and a set of wheels makes this even more stylish and practical. Talk about summer ready! The wine country flair is perfect for anyone looking to elevate their outdoor spaces. 


What's your dream wine barrel project? Let us know on social media @rubinoestates

If you'd like to obtain a barrel of your own, we have a few remaining for sale!
Call the tasting room at (925) 484-1699 for more information.

Time Posted: Mar 12, 2021 at 12:00 PM Permalink to Upcycling Wine Barrels: 3 Ideas Permalink
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March 5, 2021 | Rubino Estates Winery

Slow-Roasted Pork Shoulder for Landmark Barbera

This week, we welcomed a new arrival to the tasting room: the 2016 vintage of our Landmark Barbera. When it comes to our Landmark collection, we've never met a bottle we didn't like. We're excited to share yet another superb vintage of this Barbera with our patrons and members. It is rich and velvety, boasting red fruit notes and a luxuriously long finish—sure to delight. Enjoy a taste from a wine flight here at the tasting room, or just open up a bottle! This wine is also sure to age well if you'd like to save it for a rainy day. 

To acclaim the arrival of this new vintage, we're roasting up a savory pork shoulder in a Mediterranean style. The complimentary flavor profiles make for a delicious meal and a lovely evening. As a little bonus, our recipe calls for a dry white wine, which means plenty leftover to sip while we cook!

Greek-Style Slow-Roasted Pork


  • 30 oz Pork Shoulder
  • 1 tbsp Olive Oil
  • 2 tbsp Salt
  • 4 Garlic Cloves
  • 12 Oregano Sprigs
  • 12 Thyme Sprigs
  • 2 cups Chicken Stock
  • 1/2 cup Dry White Wine, such as Trebbiano
  • 1 oz Shallots
  • 3 oz Yukon Gold Potatoes
  • 2 oz Baby Carrots
  • 2 Lemons
  • 1 cup Black Olives


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
  2. Prepare the roast by trimming off excess skin. Place the meat in a large roasting pan.
  3. Drizzle with oil and sprinkle with salt, then cut small slits over the surface of the pork using a small, sharp knife.
  4. Place oregano and thyme sprigs, slices of garlic in each slit, tucking them in carefully. 
  5. Combine stock and wine. Drizzle the mixture around the pork and cover the roasting pan with foil.
  6. Bring to a boil and roast in the oven for 1 hour.
  7. After 1 hour, remove the foil and spoon the juices from the pan over the pork. Arrange the onions, potatoes, carrots, slices of lemon and olives around the roast.
  8. Roast for another 30 mins.
  9. Let it rest for at least 10 minutes before carving.
  10. Serve with gravy and a bottle of 2016 Landmark Collection Barbera.

Original recipe from Winosity

If we've inspired you, we'd love to know. Make sure to tag us on social media @rubinoestates with your favorite meals to pair!

Time Posted: Mar 5, 2021 at 12:03 AM Permalink to Slow-Roasted Pork Shoulder for Landmark Barbera Permalink
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February 26, 2021 | Rubino Estates Winery

Your First-Class Guide to Wine Glass

Here at Rubino Estates Winery, we like to appreciate wine every way we can, right down to the glass we drink it from. Basic wine glass anatomy includes four parts: a base (sometimes called the foot), a stem, a bowl, and a rim. Wine glasses stand out among cups, drinking glasses, and mugs, with a peculiar design that allows the wine inside to be appreciated for its aroma, taste, and visual beauty. The question is: with such a wide range of wine glass designs, are there ideal pairings of wines with specific glasses?

The critical task of a wine glass is to direct the characteristics of the wine to key regions of the nose and tongue. This allows for optimal enjoyment. The shape of wine glasses vary in order to accentuate defining characteristics of the wine. Because every wine varietal has different characteristics, glasses of different shapes can bring out subtle differences and enhance the experience of trying new varietals and blends. In most cases, the differences are minimal, but still an interesting exploration for a curious palate. Don't just take our word for it; findings published in Scientific American confirmed that the geometry of wine glasses had an effect on the experience and taste of wine. 

Bigger, Bolder Reds - For wines with bold flavor and structure like our Riserva Petite Sirah, look for a glass with a wide bowl and rim. The wide bowl allows the complex aroma to open up. For optimal enjoyment, look for wine glasses made from spun crystal, which have a very thin rim, which allows for a smoother flow of wine across the tongue.

Lighter Reds - These wines hold up to a range of sizes and shapes. Enjoy lighter bodied reds like our Landmark Collection Sangiovese or our Night Owl Barbera from any classic wine glass with a medium-width bowl and moderate opening. If you prefer a more casual option, stemless glasses are better suited for reds since the wine is more likely to be warmed by the hand. 

Dessert Wines - When it comes to serving sweet, port-style wines, opt for small glasses. The high alcohol content and delectable sweetness of wines like our Infinitum Dessert Wine make for a delicious sip. Glasses designed specifically for sweet wine have a smaller opening and direct wines to the back of the mouth to allow the sweetness to register without overwhelming the palate.  

Rosés - These wines, especially younger Rosés like our 2019 Salute Rosé, can be enjoyed from a glass with a flared rim. This uncommon shape brings the wine to the tip of the tongue where the subtle notes of sweetness can be best detected. This sweetness is also best experienced when the wine is freshly chilled, as the notes become more muddled as the wine warms up. 

Bigger, Mature Whites - Generally, the best glasses for white wines are smaller than those for red wines. The smaller size better preserves the delicate floral notes and the cooler temperature of the wine. Though smaller than a standard red wine glass, mature whites like our Riserva Chardonnay can shine with a larger opening which allows sweetness and acidity to come through on the palate. 

Light, Crisp Whites - Lighter white wines, such as Fume Blanc, are perfect when enjoyed from a glass with a taller, thinner bowl, as compared to fuller-bodied white wines. A smaller mouth to the glass will limit oxidation to preserve the light nuances and complexities of the wine. 

Sparkling Wine - For sparkling wines like Brut or Champagne, you can't go wrong with a classic flute. The long, tall shape of the bowl allows the bubbles to rise in picturesque columns and last longer. However, if you're savoring a more complex sparkling wine, a wider bowl will allow for more aroma to be released. 

No matter which glass you choose, we have some more tips to enhance your enjoyment. Filling a glass to about 1/3 full allows a space for the aroma of the wine to collect in the glass, as well as allowing swirling without spilling. Additionally, we think that simple and classic is the way to go. Most wine bottles are a dark green glass, but wine glasses are clear—this is to appreciate the color of the wine! Some of the most beautiful glasses have no decoration at all. After all, it's what's on the inside that counts.

If you'd like to pull out your glassware of choice and taste for a difference yourself, you may be interested in our curated Case Sales, which each offer a range of wines at a steep discount. Salute!

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