When most people think of red Italian wine, Chianti is the first one that comes to mind. But what about Barbera? We love this wine paired with pasta made with red sauce. It has just enough body to stand up to a more substantial pasta dish but with enough acidity to cut through the fattiness of cheese and meats that might also be in the dish.
Our Wine of the Month is the 2016 Night Owl Barbera. Blended with a little bit of Merlot and Petit Verdot for added body and structure, our 2016 Night Owl Barbera has overtones of strawberry jam and black currant preserves and a long finish with a hint of oak, creme de cassis and mixed berry jam. Our mouths are watering just writing about it!
Below are some easy pasta dishes to try this weekend that we think would taste great when paired with Night Owl. Let us know which one you try. Tag us (@rubinoestates) when you open your bottle of Night Owl! (Didn't get a chance to try it in the tasting room? You can order a bottle here; it's on sale for the whole month of April!)
From the recipe author: "Like a cross between baked ziti and sausage lasagna..." Yes, please! What we love most about it is that it is truly a one-pot meal. Everything is cooked in a cast-iron skillet and then put in the oven until the cheese gets all bubbly and melty.
Pancetta might be one of our favorite Italian specialties. It's smoky and salty and savory and always makes everything taste better. If you don't have pancetta on hand, you can substitute bacon. It's not quite tomato season yet so if you can't find great tomatoes, a can of whole tomatoes will work just fine. We are sheltered in place, so think of what you already have in your pantry.
If you're Italian and had a grandma teach you how to make a red sauce, skip this one. For those of us still trying to make the perfect sauce, this one promises to become a favorite. This one requires a little more time, so save this one for a day when you're not in a rush.
For a 30-minute meal, this dish is packed full of flavors. It's the addition of anchovies, capers, and olives that set this particular sauce apart. Add a salad, some garlic bread, and you're all set for a great night in!
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Another weekend of sheltering in place is upon us, and we don’t know about you, but we’re already out of puzzles. However, the wine corks are starting to add up. So what do with all of them? Let’s use this weekend to get a little crafty!
Below we’ve collected a few cork crafts that you can do alone with the family who may be sheltering in place with you. Many of these just require glue and a quick search through the house or garage to find materials to repurpose. Of course, if you can wait long enough, you can purchase additional supplies from the local home improvement store or Amazon to have them shipped safely to your home. Crack open a bottle of Rubino and start crafting! Tag us in your Rubino cork creations (@rubinoestates)!
All you need is glue to turn an ordinary glass vase into a cork-covered beauty. This project works best with a cube- or rectangular-shaped vase and real corks.
We love this suggestion from Beckmen Vineyard. Spring is upon us and it’s time to start our seedlings and get the garden ready for planting. Why not create a cute wine-inspired planter box? This would look great on the kitchen counter filled with succulents.
Create some wall art with over-sized letters made from cork. You’ll need a base that’s heavy enough to hold the weight of the corks but the possibilities are endless. Make the family monogram or make a W, I, N, and E to hang over the wine fridge.
This cork craft is perfect for your new home office. Hang it over your desk or in the kitchen to keep important reminders visible.
We hope this gets your creative juices flowing. And speaking of juice, you can get your favorite wines shipped safely to your home using the code "freeship" at checkout. SIP with your must-have Rubino wines and have fun getting crafty!
We're halfway through the week and definitely need a break from the news. If you're working from home, you likely need a break from the computer screen as well. Despite it being March, these last few days have been a little chilly — like curl-up-on-the-sofa-under-a-blanket kind of chilly. And what better way to relax than with a few good reads while you sip your favorite glass of wine?
If you're missing your weekly tasting room visits, consider curling up with one of our Top Five books for Wine Lovers.
Wine Folly is a comprehensive but easy-to-read guide for the new and seasoned wine lover. What makes this book a must-have are the simple illustrations that break down major grape varieties, their aroma and taste profiles, and maps of the different wine regions.
Forever a classic, The Wine Bible is a must-read for every wine enthusiast. MacNeil's writing is engaging and informational. She highlights the major wine-growing regions and their history which gives the reader a deeper understanding of the influence terroir and culture have on the wine that makes it into the bottle.
Marissa Ross is an official wine columnist for the magazine Bon Appétit and her humorous approach to wine makes this book a fun read. By the end, you'll definitely feel like you're the wine expert among your friends. "Wine. All the Time. will teach you to sip confidently, and make you laugh as you're doing it." We certainly did.
What to Drink with What You Eat: The Definitive Guide to Pairing Food with Wine, Beer, Spirits, Coffee, Tea - Even Water by Andrew Dornenberg, Karen Page, and Michael Sofronski
If you like to throw parties at home, this encyclopedia of food pairings is essential to wowing your dinner guests. Don't know what to serve with asparagus? Wondering if Cabernet Sauvignon is really the only the red wine that will hold up against your T-bone? Craving a wine to drink with your brownie but out of port? Inside this book is every answer to every wine and food pairing question you've ever had.
This book by Jon Bonne takes you off the beaten path of the California wine regions you know best and leads you on a journey to some of the new voices in the industry. After reading this book, our list of wine regions and producers to try is much longer. It's always good to try something new in this book you'll learn a lot about California's lesser-known growers and makers.
We're drinking the 2016 Rubino Riserva Chardonnay while refreshing our memory about the history of Chardonnay. What will be your drink of choice tonight? Leave a comment below!