I definitely found my 2020 summer wine favorites. One is red with notes of raspberry and cherries and the other is pink with hints of watermelon, strawberry and a little citrus. Both provided some much-needed vino comfort for cabin fever.
Joining my top picks of the year is Ron’s Chillable Red and Chillable Pink, two fun wines worth discovering. The wines are great conversation starters because for one, they are to be served chilled and second, they have a twist top cap which for some creates a debate about quality. Is a corked bottle of wine better than one without? Not all all.
Also, although not the norm, I have been in settings where fellow diners have talked about slightly chilling a red wine before drinking. Of course others threw their noses in the air. But why I think it works here is that the alcohol level is only 7.1%. Winemaker Pat Henderson of Kenwood Vineyards told Epicurious in a past article that chilling lighter reds actually accentuates the tannins in the wines making them more food-friendly. Ron’s Chillable Red falls right in line with this statement. Each glass tasted like a fruity party in my mouth and when introduced to a great burger, salad with fruit or even dark chocolate, the flavor profiles were amazing.
The pink was just as good taking on an even lighter experience which was the perfect complement to a hot day when something cool, crisp and refreshing is in order. Truth be told, I love chilled drinks which is why this one as well as the red caught my eye. You’re getting a taste of summer in a bottle with the fruitiness that is not too sweet. I created a glass of sangria and added chunks of watermelon and blueberries, giving me a tasty drink and an infused dessert at the same time.
Now, if you look on the site or bottle for the varietal composition, don’t look too hard because you won’t find it. It is a proprietary recipe that is only known by the winery owner Ron Rubin and his team at River Road Family Vineyards and Winery in Sonoma, Calif. This curiosity is enough to order more and put my wine knowledge skills to the test to figure which grapes (a minimum of three) are used to make each offering.
What they did share is that they had to get fancy during the production process to ensure they had the right amount of carbonation saying that too little and the wine would not taste good, add too much and the wine would have too much gas. So their solution was in-line carbonation. And the twist-off cap is not your regular cap. The Saranex liner inside is more breathable, keeping the wine fresher.
These are two refreshing options for when you want to switch it up and try something lighter for only $13 a bottle. You can purchase directly on the winery’s website at https://ronrubinwinery.com/the-brands/river-road-wines/.