With Valentine's Day right around the corner, we thought it was the perfect time to put together a pairing guide for some of the most romantic foods! These foods have been selected from traditional folklore and modern science as having properties suited for especially amorous dining. Depending on what kind of wine you and your special someone enjoy, we have a few different ideas for you. Food and wine make for an elegant evening anytime, so let your Valentine's day shine with these romantic food and wine pairings.
If you are drinking Sparkling Wine...
Pop open a bottle, it's time to celebrate love! This wine is all about excitement and effervescence, and makes every moment special. Best of all, it's a food pairing superstar, lending itself well to a wide range of foods.
Oysters - A classic food at upscale or romantic dinners, the salty and briny flavors of fresh oysters are a delicious accompaniment for a glass of sparkling. If you want to try something more complex, check out this mouthwatering recipe for Oysters Rockefeller by Lorigoldsby.
Basil - The clean, invigorating scent and fresh flavor of basil are hard to pass up, especially when paired with other ingredients. Enjoy the taste of luxurious simplicity by selecting the finest tomatoes, mozzarella, and basil for a Caprese Salad with Balsamic Glaze, like this recipe from Once Upon a Chef.
Figs - The natural sweetness of a ripe or dried fig can be intoxicating, and even more so when prepared with love and a splash of Sparkling wine, like in this recipe for Drunken Honeyed Figs By Erica De Mane. Try leaning into your sweet tooth and enjoy this alongside our sparkling Moscato!
If you are drinking White Wine...
White Wine is the perfect choice for a pleasant evening. Enjoy the buttery cream character of Chardonnay, the crisp minerality of a Trebbiano, or the lightly oaked aromas of a Fumé Blanc. Whatever you choose, there's a romantic food waiting to come alongside.
Apples - It is difficult to top a gorgeous apple in all of its crisp, sweet, and refreshing flavors, but we're opening a bottle of Fumé Blanc and recommending these Grilled Apple and Gruyere Sandwiches from Southern Boy Dishes.
Sweet Potatoes - For lovers of Chardonnay, we recommend leaning into a recipe for sweet potatoes for a romantically sweet and buttery dish. These Melting Sweet Potatoes from Dessert for Two are exactly what you need to elevate your evening.
Avocado - To compliment the light minerality of our Trebbiano, we turn to the rich creaminess of avocadoes. To capitalize on bright and beautiful flavor, try these Avocado Summer Rolls from Love and Lemons. You won't be disappointed!
If you are drinking Red Wine...
In our opinion, reds are the best option for Valentine's day. Whether you are looking for the bright cherry flavors of a Sangiovese or the rich cocoa notes of a Petite Sirah, there is allure to be found in every bottle. Enjoy these romantic pairings!
Arugula - We love any wine pairing with rustic Italian flair, so it's natural to pair our Night Owl Barbera with this recipe for a sun-dried tomato and arugula pizza. Try cooking together with your special someone!
Truffles - Prized for their rarity and earthy decadence, truffles are a perfect addition to a special occasion. Enjoy a beautiful Truffled Pappardelle Carbonara with a sexy glass of Landmark Founder's Blend.
Chocolate - Of course, Valentine's day would be sorely incomplete without the sweet enticement of a chocolate covered strawberry. Enjoy the reddest, ripest strawberries enrobed in your favorite semisweet chocolate. An accompanying glass of our Landmark Sangiovese won't hurt either!
Happy February! This month, we are celebrating our Salute Rosé and the delicious coppery delight it offers with every sip. This week, we were inspired by National Fettuccine Alfredo day (February 7th) to try out a very easy and absolutely delicious recipe for Rosé Alfredo. Using mostly pantry staples and coming together in less than half an hour, this might just become a go-to pasta night mainstay, and not just because you get to open a bottle of wine!
- 1 pound Linguine or similar pasta - we used Bucatini
- 1/2 cup butter
- 2 medium shallots, diced
- 4-6 cloves of garlic, minced
- 1 cup Rubino Estates Salute Rosé
- 1 tablespoon organic tomato paste
- 1 1/2 cups organic parmesan cheese, freshly grated
- 1/4 cup parsley, chopped
- 1 sprig fresh basil leaves, chopped, plus more for garnish
- Salt and pepper to taste.
- Bring a few quarts of heavily salted water to a rolling boil. Add the pasta and cook to al dente.
- While the pasta cooks, melt the butter over medium-high heat in a large skillet. Once the butter has melted, adjust the heat to medium and add the shallots and garlic. Sauté until just fragrant, about 2 minutes. Add in the wine, tomato paste, and salt and pepper to taste. Adjust the heat to high and bring the sauce to a boil. Once boiling, add 1/2 cup of starchy pasta water and boil on high for 5 minutes.
- When the pasta has finished cooking, add it directly into the pan and toss to coat. Remove pan from the heat and add in the parmesan cheese and chopped basil. Continue to toss the pasta around the pan until the pasta is coated evenly and the cheese has melted into the sauce.
- Divide the pasta in bowls and top with parmesan cheese, parsley and some more pepper.
Recipe adapted from Grant Melton for Food 52
Want to try a different take on this creamy pasta classic? Try these!
Creamy Rosé Pasta - This recipe creates a decadent version of our featured recipe, but made vegan. For all of our plant-based friends and health-minded wine lovers, this recipe is for you. We recommend the Salute Rosé or our Nebbiolo Rosé in and with this recipe!
Chicken Fettuccine Alfredo - This rendition takes the creaminess and the garlic to the next level, with some added protein from the chicken. Try this deluxe meal when you’re in the mood for some comfort food to pair with Riserva Chardonnay!
Cajun Chicken Alfredo - If you need a little extra spice and flavor, then this is for you. Creamy and rich sauce combined with the generous flavor of blackened cajun chicken makes this a dish to remember—and make again and again. Pair with Landmark Collection Chardonnay.
Here at Rubino Estates, we maintain that natural beauty is not confined to a single season. Even in the depths of winter, when the vines are at their most bare and very little blooms, there is still life and beauty if one looks closely enough. The vines are resting after the labor of producing fruit, and gaining strength for yet another year of generous yields and fruitful blessings. Below, we have sought to capture the peculiarly shrouded beauty of this season.
There is always life in the vineyard. This little mustard plant blooms with small flowers, bright and defiant, surrounded by the bareness of the vines.
The blue skies of winter in the Livermore Valley shine with pureness and clarity upon this block of our beloved Chardonnay.
Acres upon acres without leaves or color may seem monotonous, but there is a peaceful and necessary rest to dormancy.
Without dormancy, these vines would not grow or flourish. The gnarled bark here is evidence of new growth within.
The search for beauty means looking high and low. The winter rains have caused a lush green bed to grow between each row.
A closer look reveals that the morning dew has bedecked the grass with diamond droplets, a simple sparkle preserved by the chill of the day.
Another close look at this vine reveals their hard labor from the 2021 harvest season. Can you see the remains of clusters, long gone?
There is beauty in the simplicity of this season. There is a chill in the air and bareness on the vines, but there is still wonder in our eyes as we look upon the vineyard in anticipation of all that 2022 holds.
Do you want to look at the vineyard, up close and personal? Do you want to learn more about the life cycle of our vines and the winemaking process, from stem to bottle? Click here to learn about our Duck Tour!
If you’re already tired of winter weather or worried about the twists and turns we’ll experience in 2022, you’re not alone. As each day goes by, however, we’re learning to practice “random acts of wellness”—little actions that take only a few minutes but can brighten a day. For the things we can work on and the things that are outside of our control, these actions may help you to feel ready to face each day, week, month, and year.
Get Outside and Move.
The evidence in support of the physical and psychological benefits of this is overwhelming. Even if the sun isn’t shining or the chill is getting to you, it’s worth it. You don’t need to have a full workout on your front lawn (although that might be refreshing), just put on a coat, step outside, and breathe. Stretch a little, take a few steps or go around the block and enjoy the energizing power of fresh air and movement.
You don’t have to scrub and polish, just set a timer for 2-5 minutes and straighten something up. Research shows that cleaning is powerfully connected to improved mood and focus, so if you’re looking for a little act of wellness with good reward, this one is worth trying. Bonus points if you grab a friend, family, member, or coworker to join you and do the same.
Next time you say “thank you” to someone, try to pause and dwell on your thankfulness. Gratefulness is closely connected with well-being. If you appreciate a sense of meaning or feel like you need a little boost, we recommend writing a thank you note to someone or write down a couple things you are thankful for. You don’t even need to send the note, although you may find another boost of joy in doing so!
Change your Scenery.
This is especially important for anyone feeling weighed down by a monotonous routine. Take your work or task to another room, or leave your work behind and spend 5 minutes with a cozy blanket. Try to find a room with natural light. Try putting on some music you enjoy. Sing along, even if it’s not great!
Try Something New.
Trying new things is a great way to make memories, stimulate creativity, and open the door to know yourself better! The gesture does not have to be grand. Try wearing something outside of your usual wardrobe, or find a recipe for something you’ve never cooked. If you usually drink white wine, try reds. If you usually walk for exercise, try biking. Even if it doesn’t feel as comfortable as what’s familiar to you, it’s always worth trying!
Here at the Estate, walking through the vineyards or trying new varietals are some of our favorite quick mood-boosters. What are some random acts of wellness you want to bring into your 2022?
Valentine's Day is a month away, how will you make it special? We pour painstaking care into every aspect of our wines, from stem to bottle. These meticulously farmed and crafted wines are a labor of love, and it is a delight to share them with an aura of awe and pleasure.
We are calling all Love-birds, Sweet-hearts, and Wine-lovers! If you want to make Valentine’s Day truly unforgettable and undeniably special, then consider a Valentine’s Portfolio Tasting. For anyone who has a special someone and appreciates a good glass of wine, there’s nothing more perfect for you.
During your tasting, you will be guided through the history of our Estate Vineyard, as well as a flight of wine offering the best of the best from both the Rubino Estates Landmark Collection and the Ruby Hill Jewel Collection. Alongside the flight, we offer luxurious food offerings to help you celebrate romance and delight! Sip and savor with other couples who love good wine and a good time. At the end of the event, each couple will receive a bottle of Sparkling Wine to take home.
Our Valentine's Portfolio Tastings will be offered on February 11, and 12 at 11:30am and 2:00pm. If you and your significant other are interested in this event, please book through our Tock site. For members, the ticket price is $80 per couple (two people), and for all other guests the price is $90 per couple.
Will you be our Valentine?
It’s officially 2022! If you’ve held tight to your New Year’s Resolution so far, we have great news: we’ve made it to the end of week one, only 51 to go. This week, we’re standing with everyone who has been working to eat more fresh and wholesome food this year. Below, we have some of the best pairings for delicious healthy recipes. A glass of wine will treat you fine—it’s time to pursue the joy of balance!
Beyond their rich color and distinct earthy flavor, beets are a nutritional powerhouse. They help the human body function better at most levels, even making workouts more effective! This salad pairs beets with shallots and other delicious flavors so you can enjoy life and eat beets at the same time. Enjoy with a nice light sip of Fumé Blanc.
Recipe from Food Network
Bell peppers know no other wine better than Sangiovese, so if you are enjoying this hearty and healthy recipe, feel free to pour a cherry-red glass for yourself. This recipe features bell peppers as well as zucchini and cracked freekeh, an ancient grain that will bulk up your meal without weighing you down!
Recipe from The Wanderlust Kitchen
If you’re following a plant-based diet, you don’t have to say goodbye to burgers. This recipe yields a hearty, protein-rich patty that can be dressed up however you like. The acidity and approachability of our Salute Red blend will compliment each bite perfectly! If you opt for an Impossible Burger as a substitute, you can lean into an even deeper red such as our Night Owl Barbera.
Recipe From Sally's Baking Addiction
If you’re looking for a great source of lean protein and omega-3 fatty acids, then look to the ocean! This recipe has all of the luxury and refinement of your favorite seaside fine dining, while still supporting your goals of health and wellness! When enjoyed alongside a glass of our creamy yet light Riserva Chardonnay you won’t even crave a cheat day.
Recipe from Food & Wine
With this recipe, you can make a juicy bird with crispy skin without a fuss—all you need is a foil-wrapped brick. There’s no need for extra sauces or other rich enhancements to make this a delicious meal, especially when served alongside a caesar salad and our Club Member-Exclusive Amuleto.
Recipe from Eat This, Not That
Here, on the last day of 2021, we are taking a moment to reflect on our favorite snapshots of the Estate from the last year. These 12 months have had their ups and downs, as with every year, but the beauty of the Estate is constant. Below, we have assembled a simple encapsulation of the last 12 months.
January - Dormant, Simple, and Bare
February - Quiet, Expectant, and Romantic
March - Miraculous, Hopeful, and Budding
April - Vitality, Growth, and Freshness
May - Warmth, Clarity, and Promise
June - Youth, Sunshine, and Summer
July - Verasion, Heat, and Preparation
August - Bright, Ripened, and Vibrant
September - Bounty, Peace, and Anticipation
October - Harvest, Autumn, and Spookiness
November - Colorful, Calm, and Thankful
December - Festive, Sparkling, and Celebratory
Here's to 2022!
This Christmas Eve, we are celebrating the Italian influences that make Rubino Estates unique. In Italy, traditions range based on region and family history, but they nearly all involve good food! What many Americans would refer to as “Christmas Dinner” takes place on the 24th rather than the 25th, and generally involves meals made from scratch with only the finest and freshest ingredients available. To celebrate that rich and delicious tradition, we’ve rounded up a few traditional Italian Christmastime recipes that you can enjoy today, tomorrow, or all year long!
Antipasti Chopped Salad by Rachael Ray
If you enjoy a light salad with your meals, then we suggest this toothsome celebration of antipasti, with cured meat, cheese, and olive—all delightful things you don’t want to miss out on! Suggested pairing: Salute Rosé.
Pasta con le Sarde by Savoring Italy
In Sicily especially, Christmas dishes are made with seafood. This traditional pasta dish incorporates the briny richness of sardines into the delight of Italy’s quintessential spaghetti. Suggested pairing: Fumé Blanc.
Shrimp and Scallop Risotto by Food and Wine
Another take on a special-occasion seafood, this mouthwatering risotto is certain to be a crowd pleaser. Creamy and salty with just a touch of earthiness, this recipe is balanced and delicious. Suggested pairing: Riserva Chardonnay.
Saltimbocca alla Romana by Jamie Oliver
This delectable dish can be made with a variety of proteins, but veal is the meat of choice at the Christmas table. The name of this dish translates to “jump in the mouth,” a testament to the unbeatable flavor! Suggested pairing: Landmark Collection Barbera.
Nonna’s Ricotta Cake by Cooking with Nonna
Simple, fresh, and undeniably delicious, this dessert is the Italian sweet you didn’t know you needed. Enjoy the rich and lightly sweet profile with a perfect zing of citrus and discover just how cravable it is! Suggested pairing: Brut Sparkling Wine (on sale NOW).
Orange Pistachio Biscotti by Sea Salt Savorings
This biscotti is the best epilogue for a deliciously rich meal. When you need a snack after opening gifts, this twice-baked marriage of cookie and bread is perfect with a traditional espresso or sweet wine. Suggested Pairing: Infinitum Dessert Wine.
As they say in Italy, Buon Natale!
Happy Holidays from the Rubino Estates Famiglia.
This December has filled us with festive joy. Between the Christmas lights and the music on the radio, we’re surrounded by good cheer and a special kind of beauty. This week, we’re taking a look at the best pairings for Sparkling Brut Wine, our favorite wine for celebrating! Enjoy the festive effervescence with notes of pear, fresh pineapple, green apple, and a light flourish of coconut on the finish. Best of all, it’s on sale!
Sparkling Wine is a holiday must-have, and here at Rubino Estates, we love to welcome our guests and members with a splash of sparkles. If you need that special something to bring your holiday meals to the next level, pop open a bottle of bubbly with appetizers, dinner, or dessert. Part of the beauty of this wine is its versatility: it pairs deliciously with almost everything! Even so, there are some special pairings that will bring the blissful harmonies of flavor that special occasions deserve. We’ve assembled a quick guide below!
Cured Smoked Lardo
Wild Caught Snapper
Raspberry Panna Cotta
Spiced Pear Galette
Almond Shortbread Cookies
We've decked the halls here at the Rubino Estates tasting room, and we love to see the festive spirit all around! If you want to do some holiday shopping, now is the time. What can be worse than a frenzied gift shopping spree on the 24th or a package delayed until January? We can help you with all your shopping, from quickly shipping your favorite wines to your favorite people, to picking out just the right gift to make someone smile. This week, we talked to our retail manager JoAnn about the hottest gifts in the tasting room this year. Take a look at what we have!
If you love practical or funny gifts, take a look at our novelty tea towels. We offer a range of colors, styles and sayings, but they sell out fast! Embellished with goofy or cute designs, you can take your pick of the best fit for your recipient.
JoAnn has also set up a gorgeous display of one of this season's other bestsellers: tiny trees! Whether you want to add a dose of whimsy to your holiday decor or gift to a friend who loves color, these trees are affordable and adorable.
For a timeless gift for your favorite host (especially if that host is yourself) look no further than our serving boards, especially this raw granite piece with a matching cheese knife! It's time to crown the charcuterie queen this Christmas.
Nestled throughout the tasting room boutique, you might have the pleasure of spotting one of our little festive felt creatures! Perfect for animal lovers and decor-lovers alike, these add a natural dose of adorable to all sorts of wintertime decor. Just look at this cozy reindeer!
Last but not least is the burning question: what about the wine? We have great news: in addition to all of our wines being available for purchase (making you the best kind of friend to have), we have hats to keep your bottles cozy and festive. Enjoy a range of patterns and styles so your bottles never feel underdressed at your holiday dinners!
What are you waiting for? It's time to get out there and be a gift-giver extraordinaire!