Ruby Magdalena Vineyards

How many different varieties of grapes do we grow?

Join us each week for more “geeky stuff”. We grow 5 varieties of wine grapes! Tempranillo, Graciano, Garnacha Tinta and Alvariño are our main grape varieties, as well as a dozen Orange Muscat vines and four table grape vines along our driveway for shade (and raisins)! The varieties ripen at different rates and are generally […]

Let’s talk about why we “punch down”

Join us each week for some Geeky wine stuff! Did you know that (almost) all grape juice is clear, not colored? Yes! The color of wine generally comes from the skins as the pulp of most grapes, light grapes AND dark grapes is colorless. In order to extract the color and other goodies from the […]

Do you have a wind machine or use smudge pots for cold temperatures?

We get this question quite a bit: We do not have either a wind machine or smudge pots…but our neighbors do! In the early spring while the blossoms on the neighboring orchards are so fragile, and when temps drop below 32°, the wind machines are used to circulate the air to keep the damaging cold […]

Have you heard of wine phenolics and polyphenols?

We’re going to wrap up this month of barrel talk with a little bit about these compounds and what contributions a barrel can give to a red wine. . First of all…what is a phenolic compound? A phenolic compound by definition is an aromatic organic compound that has a phenol ring in its structure. There […]

Wine, all the way to the top!

We do this periodically to prevent the wine from spoiling. A barrel is not an airtight container such as a stainless-steel drum. A barrel will allow evaporation of wine through the wood itself and the tiny spaces between boards of the staves and the heads. This evaporative process drives the phenomenon called microoxygenation (or microx) […]

Irish Lamb Stew

Need something to warm your bones on a chilly February evening? This recipe is simple and leaves room for improvisation. Add your favorite stew ingredients, taste, season, taste again and serve. With a prep time of 30 minutes this gives you about an hour and forty five minutes to kick back with a glass or […]

Spanish Summer Sangria

Hot July days and cold beverages make great companions and we can’t think of a better to way to quench our thirst than with sangria. Not just any sangria, a sangria with our own estate grown Tempranillo as the star of the show. Sangria is a simple and delicious way to serve a large gathering […]

Shredded Beef Carnitas with a side of Tempranillo

What do we love most about these Carnitas? One, they pair so well with our Tempranillo and two, this is a simple recipe that cooks for 8 hours on low in the slow cooker, which makes it the perfect weeknight meal. When you walk in the door the aroma will reel you in to the […]

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