Ruby Hill

I look back at our previous blogs and notice one name that is mentioned repeatedly, Ruby Hill.  This is no mistake.  They have put a lot of work into making good wine and a phenomenal wine tasting experience.

I decided to stop in today for a little after work tasting.  Since I was able to end my day earlier than usual, I found myself walking into the tasting room at a slow period of the day.  The wine maker, Chris Graves and the Ruby Hill staff were busy in a meeting near the fireplace; most likely sampling some of the new releases and getting their game plan together for the Friday night wine bar and upcoming release party.  I think I may have even gotten a peek of the new Grapeful Red label, which looks amazing.

With the rest of the staff hard at work planning for the future, Mary was left to tend to the patrons.  Being the only patron in at the time, she decided to give me her full attention.  She was wonderful.  She had me compare the Sauvignon Blancs, Chardonnays, Cabernets, and Zins side by side and pointed out the subtleties between the wines.  I am in no way a master connoisseur of wine and I was amazed at how I was able to tell the varietal of grape (with Mary’s help) just from the flavor.  Mary went on to tell me about the importance of using the right wine glass with the wine you are drinking.  She told me that she stumbled upon a wine glass pairing at the last Livermore Wine Festival that she recommended I seek out this year.  She explained that it opened her eyes to what the shape of the glass could do for the wine. Mary was gracious enough the continue sharing her knowledge with me even through her break time.

Thanks to Mary and to Ruby Hill for another memorable experience.

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