June Community Nights

Just Chillin!

Our June Community Nights are coming to an end but not before we have one more Thursday Night to gather! Join us Thursday, June 29th from 6-8!

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June Community Nights are Back!

June Community NIghts are back. Each Thursday from 6-8, grab a friend and a picnic and enjoy the evening at Rucksack. $10/person, $5/Rucksack Club Member. We will have wines by the glass, wines by the bottle for sale and of course of small bites baskets. If you would like to reserve a table, please call Madrona Vineyards at 530-644-5948. You are also welcome to bring your own chairs.

This year’s line up is as follows:

  • June 1st – Our Very Own Pablo
  • June 8th – Just Chillin’
  • June 15th – Patrick Walsh
  • June 22nd – Just Chillin’
  • June 29th – Brian Lemley

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Open House 2023

We invite you to join us for our Annula Open House at Rucksack cellars! We will be listening to the tunes of Patrick Walsh, serving up pork sliders with sweet potato fries, and of course, serving up great Rucksack Cellars wines!

Tickets are available ahead of time in our store for $25/public and $20 for Madrona and Rucksack Cellars wine club members. Tickets are also available at the door!

This Saturday, May 27th from noon to 4!

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May 23 Wine Club Release

We are excited for the May 23 Wine Club release which includes two new releases: The 2022 Barbera Rose and the 2020 Syrah. Check out this video for an explanation of what to expect from these tasty wines!

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Rucksack Season Opening 2023

We are excited for Rucksack to finally be open for the 2023 Season! Join us Saturday and Sunday this weekend (May 6th and 7th), and enjoy complimentary wine tasting, discounts on The Cache, wine barrel sales, and more! We look forward to seeing you then!

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Season Opening May 6, 2023

Just putting it out there… we will be opening Rucksack Cellars on May 6th from 12-5! After opening weekend, we will be open Thursday to Sunday until mid-December. Stay tuned for Open House, Community Nights, Flower Classes, and new this year…a cribbage tournament and a corn hole tournament! We look forward to seeing you!

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Community Nights are Back!

Our cool vibe Community Nights are back! Mean to celebrate the beautiful views of Rucksack during the evening, we stay open late from 6-8. We welcome picnics, but also, you can pre-order food prepared by Chef Lauren. Sign up for our email letter to find out what is on the menu! We set aside 8 tables for reservations, and leave 5 open for walk-ins, and you can bring your own chairs, cards, or games. The cost is $10/person.

Our music schedule this year is:

June 2- Mark Spraugh

June 9 Just Chillin’

June 16 – Patrick Walsh

June 23 – Owl and the Pussy Cat

June 30 – Mark Spraugh

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Open House Saturday, May 29, 2022 11-4

This weekend, Sunday is for BBQ, but Saturday is for tacos & Barbera. Today is our annual Open House at Rucksack Cellars. In addition, or our usual flight of wines, we are tasting our 2014 Barbera from the library, and barrel tasting the 2020 vintage (Futures $200/case and $185/Club). We’ll also be pouring our Rhone white blend called MRV (can you guess what is in it?), and previewing our first-ever Rucksack Moscato, plus a few other surprise wines.

Oh, and TACOS! Carnitas or vegetarian (sweet potato, black bean, quinoa). It’s spring cool today, but gorgeous. Come on out and celebrate with us!

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Season opening 2022

Rucksack Opening for the 2022 Season!

Cinco de Mayo, Big Day of Giving, and Rucksack Season Opening! All in one day, who could ask for more! So here is how we are celebrating!


Rucksack is now officially open Thursday through Sunday from 12-5. We have a beautiful new flight available for tasting, our small bite baskets (now sized for 2 or 4 people), and our beautiful outdoor location! And for to celebrate opening weekend – Paul has put together a beautiful BARBERA VERTICAL FLIGHT which includes the Rucksack Barbera 2013, 2014, 2016 and 2017 vintages. Our Barbera vertical will be available to purchase as well $85/$80 club. You won’t find the 13 and 14 available any other way!


In honor of Big Day of Giving, if you made a donation at Rucksack or Madrona today, we will match your donation, up to $500. And when that donation is made to New Morning, it will again be matched! That’s means your $20 donation is actually $80! 


Want to extend your Cinco De Mayo festive mood? Lauren Clark will be serving up Pork or Squash tacos at Rucksack on Saturday! Those taco’s are paired with our Zinfandel and Chardonnay. So get 2 taco’s and a glass of wine for $15.00. We couldn’t be more excited to have Lauren’s awesome flavors being served more often at Rucksack! Stay turned for more opportunities to sample her delicious meals!

We hope to see you at Rucksack this weekend!

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Winter Closure

Winter Closure

We had a great 2021 season at Rucksack Cellars. We have now closed for the winter and will be open again in late April or May. If you need to stock up on your Rucksack wines, or pickup a club shipment, please visit our sister winery Madrona Vineyards, and we will be happy to assist you. We look forward to an exciting 2022!

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