While Rucksack is Closed….

Yes, we are sorry to say, that Rucksack is closed for the season. But if you need to get some Rucksack Wines or pick up your club shipment, then head on over to Madrona Vineyards where we have a them stocked up for you. We look foward to seeing you in May!

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Closing for the Season December 15th

It is always a sad day for us, but alas, as the weather changes, Rucksack closes for the season. This year, we will be closing on December 15th! On that day, stop by and receive 25% off any case purchases!

We will see you again in May!

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Keepin’ it Casual with Evening Music

Tri Tones 062519Some of our favorite time at Rucksack is in the evening, when the tasting room closes.  The breeze is lovely, the sun is setting, and its very idyllic.  So this year, we are inviting you to enjoy this time of the evening with us, some music, and a food!  We are continuing with our last Thursday music series in July and August, and a special engagement with Josh Hoyer & Soul Colossal on August 1st.  (We are lucky enough to be related to someone in this New York band!)

For all the concerts, we have limited seating, so bring chairs.  $10/car for entrance.

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July 25th 6-8 pm – Patrick Walsh & Morty’s Food Truck

August 29th 6-8 pm – Johnny Mojo & Morty’s Food Truck


August 1st 6-8 pm – Josh Hoyer & Soul Colossal with Capital Sierra Catering

Josh Hoyer

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Rucksack July Wine Club Release

It’s interesting that today, on July 8th, the temperature outside is supposed to reach 76 degrees for the high. It’s been a cool summer so far, and we started three weeks late on the budding. If everything ripens by harvest, it should be a spectacular vintage!

But speaking of spectacular, we entered Rucksack wines into the California State Fair and the El Dorado County Fair to help “build the brand”. (This last bit is important simply in the fact that I don’t believe in wine competitions as any representation of the quality for any particular person’s palate. However, when Rucksack does well, my hypocrisy kicks in and I rationalize that finally a competition got the quality aspect correct!)

Of particular note in terms of results, every wine we entered won a medal! The ’16 Zinfandel took Gold at El Dorado and the ’16 Cabernet Franc and ’18 Chenin Blanc both took Golds at the California State Fair. So of course we had to put the Chenin Blanc into your July Club Shipment!

All three wines in this month’s shipment are new and pre-releases. In fact, as a package, you can show-off at a dinner three wines that most probably your friends have yet to try!

2018 Rucksack Cellars Chenin Blanc—This small production lot of dry Chenin Blanc comes straight off Estate at Rucksack. The hints of Bartlett pear, honey and citrus with a wonderfully luscious texture (but still having enough acidity for the freshness) make this a cornucopia of balance. Think scallops with a butter/tarragon sauce as a great pairing!

2018 Rucksack Cellars Barbera Rosé—Bright, fresh, racy, invigorating and dry, this year’s Rosé encapsulates everything we look for in a Rosé. High-tone fruit of cranberry, strawberry and pie cherry fill the aromas while the palate is vibrant with berry/citrus fruit. It’s a go-to wine for us during the summer, and perfect with an intense paella!

2016 Rucksack Cellars Barbera—The mixture of berry fruit characters in this wine highlights the picking decision we made back in 2016. Not overripe or overbearing, it’s all about the purity of fruit. Bright cherry with hints of blackberry and raspberry dominate the nose. The entry onto the palate is almost floral, and then the Barbera freshness kicks in. Having just returned from Italy a month ago, this wine takes me back as it’s almost more expressive of the Barbera than California often tastes. And for this, Pasta Carbonara with its richness and salty/smokiness will be a perfect pairing.

We hope you enjoy the wines, and check out more information (and the upcoming concerts) at www.RucksackCellars.com.   Enjoy!!!

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Thank you!

A great big THANK YOU to everyone who came out for our 1st Open House at Rucksack Cellars.  We absolutely lucked out on the weather, which rather than rain, turned into a spectacular day.  The jerk chicken tacos were fabulous and who knew….churros and Chardonnay?  What a fun and unexpected pairing.  We heard many great comments on the band – the Wild Oak Band from Sacrament.  We hope that you will be able to make it next year!

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Annual Open Houses—Madroña 39, Rucksack 1

Madrona Open House 2019No, it’s not a one-sided baseball score between the Madroña Bushmen and the Rucksack Hikers. And no, it’s not a count of the tasters in the tasting room. Instead, it’s the number of Open Houses we’ll be celebrating this year on May 25th and 26th.

First and foremost, I think you need to absorb in how truly unique this celebration is. We have been hosting an Open House every year at Madroña since 1981. If you can remember that far back, Ronald Reagan was president, the US inflation rate was 10.35%, and the interest rate was 15.75%! And some of you may not even have been born yet! (And if you’re wondering, the 1981 Cabernet Sauvignon is still tasting great!) Continue reading

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1st Annual Open House

2019 Open HouseWe are excited to announce that Rucksack will hold our 1st Annual Open House on Saturday, May 25th from 11-4:30.  We booked a great band – the Wild Oak Band, and your ticket price includes lunch of Jerk Chicken Tacos and Green bean, Tomato and Corn salad.  We will have wine tasting and barrel tasting for the Barbera!  We hope that you will join us.  Tickets can be purchased here Open House Tickets!  Tickets are $15 for the public, and $12 for Club Members.  Tickets at the door (if available) will be $18.00.  We hope to see you at Rucksack!

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Rucksack Club Release 3/19

Dear Rucksack Club Members,

With the start of the 2019 vintage, the weather has given us rain, snow, sleet and wind. In fact, we’ve had nary a sunny day. So is there any wonder as to why Rucksack, with its outdoor tasting area, would be closed until the sunnier days of May? I don’t think so!

But as we started to think about which wines we planned to showcase in our March Rucksack Wine Club, the potential drought and dryness of California is only a blink away. So one, embrace the wetness of 2019 and the promises it brings. And don’t forget the pinnacle of the recent drought years, which was 2015!

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Great Review from CalWineJaunt.com

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Thank you CalWineJaunt for including us in your 3 Wineries to Add to Your List Blog!  Here is the part about Rucksack… The Camino wine region may not be the most popular destination in wine magazines, but it’s definitely worth … Continue reading

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Delicious New Barbera Pairing

Chicken and Chickpea Tagine

We are getting ready for our wines that will be featured in the California Wine Club.  Researching, finding, tweaking and editing recipes that will pair with wines is a rough part of our job!

This is the most recent pairing our 2016 Barbera.  Give it a try – it’s delicious!

Barbera – Chicken and Chickpea Tagine

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