Jan
25
5:30 PM17:30

HAPPY HOUR (AND A HALF): Paula Harrell Wines

Join us for Happy Hour with Paula Harrell of Paula Harrell Wines!

About Paula Harrell

The creation of P. Harrell Wines has emerged from my long standing passion and appreciation for wine, from the smell of freshly picked grapes after a successful harvest to sampling wines in barrel, and ultimately indulging in the enchanting wine culture with others. I love all things wine because it is one of those simple pleasures that seamlessly intertwine people from all walks of life, creating genuine friendships.

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Jan
28
6:00 PM18:00

AUTHORS OF COLOR BOOK CLUB: Freshwater by Akwaeke Emezi

Jean Rhys said that "reading makes immigrants of us all," that "it takes us away from home, but more important, it finds homes for us everywhere." Now more than ever, it's vital—and heartening—to read, and read widely. We'll read thrilling, mind-blowing, intriguing, heartbreaking, comic, strange, and/or provocative books by women of color—and, each month, we'll gather to talk about what we've read! When possible, we'll also have the writer join us.

Our winter book is FRESHWATER by Akwaeke Emezi. We encourage you to pick up the book from a library or local bookstore: Alley Cat and Dog-Eared are two neighborhood favorites.

About Freshwater

An extraordinary debut novel, Freshwater explores the surreal experience of having a fractured self. It centers around a young Nigerian woman, Ada, who develops separate selves within her as a result of being born "with one foot on the other side." Unsettling, heartwrenching, dark, and powerful, Freshwateris a sharp evocation of a rare way of experiencing the world, one that illuminates how we all construct our identities.

Ada begins her life in the south of Nigeria as a troubled baby and a source of deep concern to her family. Her parents, Saul and Saachi, successfully prayed her into existence, but as she grows into a volatile and splintered child, it becomes clear that something went terribly awry. When Ada comes of age and moves to America for college, the group of selves within her grows in power and agency. A traumatic assault leads to a crystallization of her alternate selves: Asụghara and Saint Vincent. As Ada fades into the background of her own mind and these selves―now protective, now hedonistic―move into control, Ada's life spirals in a dark and dangerous direction.

Narrated from the perspective of the various selves within Ada, and based in the author's realities, Freshwater explores the metaphysics of identity and mental health, plunging the reader into the mystery of being and self. Freshwater dazzles with ferocious energy and serpentine grace, heralding the arrival of a fierce new literary voice.

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Jan
29
6:00 PM18:00

Introduction to Erasure Poetry

Erasure is the act of erasing fragments of an existing text to create a new one. In this class, you'll physically "erase" books, magazines, Craigslist ads, and newspapers with markers, paints and scissors. Through guided instruction and exercises, you'll create your own erasure poems. No erasure or poetry experience necessary — all you need is curiosity!

About Bethany Kaylor

Bethany Kaylor is a writer and erasure poet in Berkeley. By day, she writes for RogueMark Studios, a small animation studio. By night, she erases and paints dogs.

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Jan
30
6:00 PM18:00

Mahjong, Knitting, and Art Night at The Ruby

Every last Wednesday of the month, join us for mahjong, knitting, and/or art! Whatever your fancy, we've got you covered. 

Come play Mahjong at The Ruby's Mahjong night. (6 to 6:30 p.m. will be a quick refresher in how to play mahjong, taught by Ruby member Mimi Lok. Come at 6:30 to play!) 

Or come join our circle of knitters and crafters led by Ruby member Jourdan Abel. Crocheters, embroiderers, darners... all are welcome!

Or come join our Ruby visual artists! Art Night at The Ruby is co-led by Rubies Reina Takahashi & Anastasia Tumanova. Please bring whatever supplies you’d like to work with (we have some available as well). After a round of intros, we’ll doodle and draw, and snack and chat. 

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Feb
1
9:00 AM09:00

FIELD TRIP: Rosie Friday at the WWII Home Front National Historical Park

Join us for a Ruby field trip! We'll be heading to the Rosie The Riveter World War II National Park in Richmond, California, for a Rosie Friday: We'll watch a film about the park, and hopefully meet some real-life Rosies. We'll wrap up the trip by getting some lunch and cider nearby. Join us! 

Carpool details and more to come. Please email staff@therubysf.com if you have a car and would like to volunteer to transport Rubies!

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Feb
5
6:00 PM18:00

MONEY TALKS: No-Spend January

Let's talk about money! Money Talks is a new discussion series we're hosting at The Ruby: At "Money Talks," we'll talk all about what we should be talking about more. The goal is cultivating more consciousness and intentionality around money; the goal is fiscal empowerment! At Money Talks, we'll talk honestly and openly about money — how we approach it individually, what works for us and what doesn't, what we're worried about and what we're doing well. We'll look into various approaches to handling money, especially as artists and freelancers. We'll bring in speakers, read books, and discuss larger economic topics. And so much more!

Join us for a January money "cleanse." For the month of January, we'll attempt to re-set our spending habits by buying only necessities. For this meeting, we'll discuss how our month went, and what we learned, as well as our general intentions and goals for 2019!

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Feb
6
6:00 PM18:00

Oysters 101 with Julie Qiu of In A Half Shell

Love oysters, but don't know much about them? Come up your half-shell game by learning all about oysters and how to truly appreciate them. 

In this workshop, you'll get to:

  • Learn about different oyster species and varieties

  • Taste two different types of oysters (4 pieces total) with two beverage pairings

  • Get a primer on how to shuck an oyster

  • Learn the basics of buying, storing, and tasting oysters

Additional oysters can be purchased for $2.50/pc after the event. 

PLEASE NOTE: Ruby members, there is a oysters/beverage fee of $28, payable at the start of the workshop. Nonmembers, this is included in the price of your ticket. 

About Julie Qiu

Julie Qiu is an international oyster expert and the founder of In A Half Shell. As an Oyster Sommelier, Julie has been featured by VogueFood & Wine, The Chicago Tribune, USA Today, Edible, NPR, Huffington Post, Business Insider, and Somebody Feed Phil on Netflix. Based in Brooklyn, New York (but will travel anywhere for oyster adventures), Julie shares her knowledge and love of oyster culture through original digital content, bespoke events, masterclasses, and products designed for like-minded oyster enthusiasts. She is the organizer of the New York Oyster Lovers Meetup group and co-author of the 33 Oysters on the Half Shell tasting journal and New York Oyster Map. You can find her on Instagram at @inahalfshellblog.

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Feb
12
6:30 PM18:30

Knife Sharpening with Kelly Kozak of Bernal Cutlery

Come learn how to sharpen your knives and keep them sharp! This is an introductory class on whetstone sharpening. No prior knowledge is necessary.

Students will learn the core techniques of sharpening a chef knife with whetstones. Whetstones and knives will be provided; bring yourselves. Whetstone sets will be available for sale on the day of.

We have two subsidized nonmember tickets available for those with financial need.

About Kelly Kozak

Ruby member Kelly Kozak is the co-owner of Bernal Cutlery, nutrition educator, a food justice activist, and mother of three. Having a big passion for food justice, Kelly works as a community nutrition educator and healthy food access advocate and is a UOP Food Studies graduate student in seat foucusing on decolonizing nutrition education. Kelly was a 2009, 2010, and 2011 recipient of the First Five Family Grant, where she worked together with a group of five neighborhood families to execute a kindergarten readiness curriculum based on gardening and nutrition. She is currently researching food insecurity and mothers as a graduate intern at the San Francisco Homeless Prenatal Program. Her favorite quote is Marion Nestle at a lectern, announcing that “if one wanted to be truly radical, then they should teach a kid to cook."

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Feb
13
6:00 PM18:00

Side Hustle Support Group

More side projects than you know what to do with? Want to apply to that thing but can’t bring yourself to press “send”? That’s where this group comes in! We’ll check in with each other about projects we're working on, offer resources and encouragement, and then get to work on anything we want to do outside of the things we have to do.

Whether it’s a business, creative outlet, application, or something in-between, come get time, space, and support for it.

PLEASE NOTE: We've set this at 3 hours to make sure you have enough time to make a meaningful dent in whatever you're working on.

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Feb
20
6:00 PM18:00

Check All That Apply: A Multiracial Meetup and Roundtable

Starting out the new year with ambitions to keep a planner but don’t know where to start or which one to buy? This beginner’s workshop will introduce you to the bullet journal, an analog handwritten system created by Ryder Carroll, which allows you to create a custom journal that works for you. Want to just keep a diary and a food log? Great! Want a habit tracker and a budget? Great! This customizable form of keeping your life in order is a life changer.

During this class you will be introduced to the basic concept of creating and keeping your own bullet journal (or bujo as the converts call it). Class materials fee will include a new journal (color choice will be communicated with the teacher), pens, washi tape, stickers, and other forms of decorating.

The class will cover bullet journaling basics, tools, how to customize the journal for your personal, professional, and creative life, and will also discuss real life examples of different journals.

PLEASE NOTE: There is a materials fee of $20 which includes a new journal to take home (no fee if you already have your own journal to use). Nonmembers, this is included in the price of your ticket. Sign up by January 10 so the teachers have ample time to procure journals for you in the color of your choosing! 

About the teachers, Anisse Gross & Susan Ito

Ruby member Anisse Gross is a San Francisco–based writer and editor who would be lost without her bullet journal. She began bullet journaling several years ago when nothing else worked and is passionate about spreading the word of productivity structures that are customized to suit each individual's unique needs.

Susan Ito has been keeping a bullet journal since August 26, 2016, and it has transformed her life. She writes and teaches at Mills College and the SF Writers’ Grotto.

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Feb
21
6:00 PM18:00

Introduction to Loving Poetry with Jennifer S. Cheng

This two-part series will meet February 21 and February 28, and is for anyone who is interested in reading, discussing, and/or writing poetry but is perhaps uncertain how to approach it. In “Poetry Is Not A Luxury,” Audre Lorde describes poetry as the essential “quality of light by which we scrutinize our lives,” and in Why Poetry, Matthew Zapruder says it is “getting close to the unsayable and feeling it.” In the first exploratory session, we will dip our toes by becoming familiar with various poetic and aesthetic concepts (such as duende, bewilderment, and negative capability) and discussing together what poetry is and why we read/write it. Then, in a second session, we will continue our conversation and experiment wildly with writing our own poems through non-intimidating guided exercises! By the end of our time, you will have discovered how poetry is a way of being and thinking that is inside all of us.

About Jennifer S. Cheng

Jennifer S. Cheng’s work includes poetry, lyric essay, and image-text forms. Her book MOON: Letters, Maps, Poems was selected by Bhanu Kapil for the Tarpaulin Sky Book Award and was named one of the Best Books of 2018 by Publishers Weekly. She is also the author of House A, selected by Claudia Rankine for the Omnidawn Poetry Book Prize and Invocation: An Essay, an image-text chapbook published by New Michigan Press. She received fellowships and awards from Brown University, the University of Iowa, the U.S. Fulbright program, Kundiman, Bread Loaf, and the Academy of American Poets. Having grown up in Texas and Hong Kong, she lives in San Francisco. www.jenniferscheng.com

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Feb
25
6:00 PM18:00

Green Rubies: Homemade All-Natural Cleaners

Come learn how to make effective, all-natural cleaning products with simple ingredients from your kitchen and medicine cabinet. After making your own, you probably won’t see the cleaning aisle at Target and Walgreens the same way. This is the first in an environmentalism event series at The Ruby called Green Rubies.

After this 2-hour class, you’ll walk away with:

  • countertop spray

  • all-purpose cleaner

  • dishwashing detergent (recipe and demo)

  • glass cleaner

  • toilet bowl cleaner

  • shower and sink scrub (recipe and demo)

We’ll begin with a 10-minute guided earth meditation. Lavender and eucalyptus essential oils will be available for infusing your cleaners with scent, but feel free to bring your favorites!

PLEASE NOTE: Materials fee is $10, payable at the start of class. Non-members, this cost is included in your ticket.

About Kat Koh

Kat Koh loves impactful environmentalism. She's been dedicated to “voting with her dollar” as much as possible after learning that earth-friendly purchases, the sharing economy, and adopting a DIY lifestyle send a powerful signal to the market. She started making her own household cleaners, de-odorizers and laundry solutions after re-connecting with the magical powers of vinegar, baking soda, lemon, and salt.

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Feb
26
6:00 PM18:00

Moms Meetup for Parents of Non-typical Children

Are you parenting a non-typical child and interested in an in-community meeting space for learning and support?

Does you child learn so outside of the box that they need community assemblage and scaffolding?

Are you a parent or caregiver of a transgender child?

Would you like to learn how to support parents of non-typical children, to be activated allies in the world?

Join other Rubies and friends of the Ruby for a meetup about parenting non-typical children.

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Feb
27
6:00 PM18:00

Mahjong, Knitting, and Art Night at The Ruby!

Every last Wednesday of the month, join us for mahjong, knitting, and/or art! Whatever your fancy, we've got you covered.

Come play Mahjong at The Ruby's Mahjong night. (6 to 6:30 p.m. will be a quick refresher in how to play mahjong, taught by Ruby member Mimi Lok. Come at 6:30 to play!)

Or come join our circle of knitters and crafters led by Ruby member Jourdan Abel. Crocheters, embroiderers, darners... all are welcome!

Or come join our Ruby visual artists! Art Night at The Ruby is co-led by Rubies Reina Takahashi & Anastasia Tumanova. Please bring whatever supplies you’d like to work with (we have some available as well). After a round of intros, we’ll doodle and draw, and snack and chat.

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Mar
4
6:30 PM18:30

Put A Ring On It!: Ring Making with Anna Furman

Working with wax blocks and carving tools, you will learn how to sculpt and size an original ring design. After the session, Anna will cast your rings into bronze or sterling silver and polish them up to a nice shine. No prior sculpture or jewelry-making experience is required. Come open minded and maybe armed with a few ideas (if the ring is a gift, ask his/her ring size in advance!)

PLEASE NOTE: There is a materials fee of $40, payable at the start of class (for nonmembers, this is included in the price of your ticket.

About Anna Furman

I'm a writer and sculptor based in a studio in the Mission. Drawn to unusual textures found in nature, I incorporate nectarine pits, tamarind shells, and bark into jewelry designs and art objects. Using the lost wax casting process, I capture organic material in metal before it decays, dissolves, or otherwise morphs in form. Luna, my line of wearable and functional sculptures, is experimental at its core.

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Mar
5
6:00 PM18:00

Earthquake Kit "Potluck"

We know it's coming, so let's prepare for the next Big One together, potluck style! We'll each bring an essential earthquake kit supply. Together we'll assemble earthquake kits for ourselves, and for The Ruby itself. Bring a backpack (or two) for filling. We'll also talk through what to do when disaster strikes. 

Register by 2/25 so we can divvy up the supplies to purchase. 

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Mar
7
6:00 PM18:00

Poetry Book Club

The Ruby's Poetry Book Club focuses on poetry, experimental genres, and hybrid forms that make their way into the world through independent, mostly small presses operating outside mainstream publishing. With a bias for writers of color, we will read and discuss an eclectic body of work by female authors. This group will make space for writers who are looking to expand their own practice, and non-writers: anyone with the desire to explore and support books that are unpredictable, subversive, idiosyncratic, and often overlooked.

Our first meeting will take place on the Thursday following the two-part Introduction to Loving Poetry workshop with Jennifer S. Cheng on February 21 and 28. We welcome you to sign up for both! 

Our inaugural book will be the poetry-prose hybrid, CITIZEN: An American Lyric by Claudia Rankine, the first book to be nominated in both poetry and criticism for the National Book Critics Circle Award. We'll have a copy available for checkout from The Ruby library, and we encourage you to purchase the book from a local bookstore: Alley Cat and Dog-Eared are two neighborhood favorites.

About CITIZEN

Claudia Rankine's bold new book recounts mounting racial aggressions in ongoing encounters in twenty-first-century daily life and in the media. Some of these encounters are slights, seeming slips of the tongue, and some are intentional offensives in the classroom, at the supermarket, at home, on the tennis court with Serena Williams and the soccer field with Zinedine Zidane, online, on TV-everywhere, all the time. The accumulative stresses come to bear on a person's ability to speak, perform, and stay alive. Our addressability is tied to the state of our belonging, Rankine argues, as are our assumptions and expectations of citizenship. In essay, image, and poetry, Citizen is a powerful testament to the individual and collective effects of racism in our contemporary, often named "post-race" society.

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Mar
13
6:00 PM18:00

Side Hustle Support Group

More side projects than you know what to do with? Want to apply to that thing but can’t bring yourself to press “send”? That’s where this group comes in! We’ll check in with each other about projects we're working on, offer resources and encouragement, and then get to work on anything we want to do outside of the things we have to do.

Whether it’s a business, creative outlet, application, or something in-between, come get time, space, and support for it.

PLEASE NOTE: We've set this at 3 hours to make sure you have enough time to make a meaningful dent in whatever you're working on.

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Mar
27
6:00 PM18:00

Mahjong, Knitting, and Art Night at The Ruby!

Every last Wednesday of the month, join us for mahjong, knitting, and/or art! Whatever your fancy, we've got you covered.

Come play Mahjong at The Ruby's Mahjong night. (6 to 6:30 p.m. will be a quick refresher in how to play mahjong, taught by Ruby member Mimi Lok. Come at 6:30 to play!)

Or come join our circle of knitters and crafters led by Ruby member Jourdan Abel. Crocheters, embroiderers, darners... all are welcome!

Or come join our Ruby visual artists! Art Night at The Ruby is co-led by Rubies Reina Takahashi & Anastasia Tumanova. Please bring whatever supplies you’d like to work with (we have some available as well). After a round of intros, we’ll doodle and draw, and snack and chat.

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Apr
24
6:00 PM18:00

Mahjong, Knitting, and Art Night at The Ruby!

Every last Wednesday of the month, join us for mahjong, knitting, and/or art! Whatever your fancy, we've got you covered.

Come play Mahjong at The Ruby's Mahjong night. (6 to 6:30 p.m. will be a quick refresher in how to play mahjong, taught by Ruby member Mimi Lok. Come at 6:30 to play!)

Or come join our circle of knitters and crafters led by Ruby member Jourdan Abel. Crocheters, embroiderers, darners... all are welcome!

Or come join our Ruby visual artists! Art Night at The Ruby is co-led by Rubies Reina Takahashi & Anastasia Tumanova. Please bring whatever supplies you’d like to work with (we have some available as well). After a round of intros, we’ll doodle and draw, and snack and chat.

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Jan
23
6:30 PM18:30

A Night with Kim Shuck, Poet Laureate of San Francisco

Join us for a reading and Q&A with Kim Shuck, the poet laureate of San Francisco. She'll read from her work and be in conversation with Ruby member and poet Thea Matthews.

About Kim Shuck

Kim Shuck embraces the fool and jester qualities of being a modern poet and artist. She is a devotee of San Francisco, whose hills she wanders nearly always on foot. Her maternal grandparents met at the Polish Hall on Shotwell and she spent many hours with her mother and grandmother wandering the Mission St. Miracle Mile, taking books out of the Mission Branch library and watching aquarium fish on the ground floor of what used to be Hale’s. She firmly believes in carrying a bubble wand, keys, pen and notebook and cat’s cradle string at all times.

Shuck is widely published in journals, anthologies and a couple of solo books. She enjoys volunteering in SFUSD elementary school classrooms to share her loves of origami, poetry and basket making… in other words, math of various kinds. Kim currently also works with students at the California College of Art in the Diversity Department.

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Jan
22
6:30 PM18:30

The Ruby's First Birthday!

Happy birthday to us! On January 22, 2019, The Ruby turns ONE!

Come celebrate with fellow Rubies! We're using this as an excuse to dress up! Come wearing a formal outfit you rarely have occasion to wear (e.g., a bridesmaid's dress, a wedding dress, that dress you wore that one time you went to the Oscars). Wildly fancy dresses encouraged!!!

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Jan
17
6:30 PM18:30

Clear to Create: 6-Session Coaching Group with Kat Koh

Somewhere along the way, you may have absorbed the idea of the “tortured artist”: that creative work is hard, painful, and may prompt insanity and/or death. Van Gogh cut off his ear, Virginia Woolf drowned herself in a river, and then there’s all those musicians.

In this 6-session coaching group, you’ll gain powerful tools and skills to help you spend less time and energy “feeling blocked” and “working really hard” so you can direct it toward creative projects that really matter—within an intimate, supportive group of creative women.

As your coach, Ruby member Kat Koh will support you to see clearly the contributions you’re here to make, breakthrough your familiar stopping points, take action with ease and joy (instead of the familiar struggle), fully celebrate your successes (instead of moving on to the next thing), and create structure and clarity throughout the process.

As a group member, your role is to: be an engaged, willing partner with me and the group; be willing to look at things in a new way, which can sometimes be uncomfortable; to take action on the goals you have promised; and to bring something you’d like support on when it’s your turn to be coached.

What you will receive: 1 private coaching session with Kat, 6 group coaching sessions (2 hours each), unlimited text support from Kat, a cozy community of support, Group Chat, handouts of tools and views to support your practice.

PLEASE NOTE: Participants must commit to attending all 6 sessions. This class will meet Thursday 1/17, 1/24, 1/31, 2/7, (skip 2/14), 2/21, 2/28. The group is capped at 8 participants. Before registering, please ensure you can attend all 6 sessions and are willing to experience a transformation process in the presence of others.

TO APPLY TO REGISTER: Please book an interest chat so we can connect and see whether this group is the right thing at the right time for you.

***If you are not a Ruby member, please book an interest chat and email staff@therubysf.com with the subject line “Clear to Create Coaching Group” with a note introducing yourself. For non-members, there is a fee of $510.

About Kat Koh

Kat Koh is a coach for creatives, community lover/builder, and writer. An art history Ph.D. dropout from NYU Institute of Fine Arts, she’s worked in curatorial departments at MoMA, Brooklyn Museum, the Venice Architecture Biennale, and San Jose Museum of Art. Her favorite thing: directly supporting creatives to create with less anguish and despair. Her coach training is through Academy for Coaching Excellence, whose model constitutes some of the most rigorous accredited training in the industry. She loves to be in meditation, forests, and the kitchen, drizzling algae oil over everything and feeling great about her salt collection.

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Jan
16
6:00 PM18:00

Single Moms Meetup: Purposeful, Positive Single Parenting

Are you, by choice or happenstance, parenting solo or planning to do so? Join other Rubies and friends of the Ruby for a theoretical and practical discussion about single motherhood.

Topics we might cover, depending on interest:

• parenting with intention, integrity, self-awareness, and presence; helping kids develop curiosity, confidence, and compassion; establishing a supportive home environment, appropriate boundaries, clear household rules, and effective everyday routines; fulfilling expectations and keeping promises in challenging situations

• cultivating joy and gratitude, prioritizing work/family balance, making time for yourself, creating a community of support

• finding your footing if you are newly single, helping kids adjust, developing and maintaining a positive co-parenting relationship and managing conflict in good faith

• feminist frameworks: non-traditional family structures and single parenting above, beyond, and in spite of patriarchy

• prejudice toward and stigmatization of parenting outside of marriage or coupledom; the impact on mothers and children of being seen as different, other, or secondary to normal

• intersections of race, ethnicity, socio-economic status, sexual preference, gender identity, and other forms of diversity with regard to single-parent households; the unique challenges for single mothers who fall outside of dominant or privileged categories

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Jan
15
6:00 PM18:00

Bullet Journaling for Beginners

Starting out the new year with ambitions to keep a planner but don’t know where to start or which one to buy? This beginner’s workshop will introduce you to the bullet journal, an analog handwritten system created by Ryder Carroll, which allows you to create a custom journal that works for you. Want to just keep a diary and a food log? Great! Want a habit tracker and a budget? Great! This customizable form of keeping your life in order is a life changer.

During this class you will be introduced to the basic concept of creating and keeping your own bullet journal (or bujo as the converts call it). Class materials fee will include a new journal (color choice will be communicated with the teacher), pens, washi tape, stickers, and other forms of decorating.

The class will cover bullet journaling basics, tools, how to customize the journal for your personal, professional, and creative life, and will also discuss real life examples of different journals.

PLEASE NOTE: There is a materials fee of $20 which includes a new journal to take home (no fee if you already have your own journal to use). Nonmembers, this is included in the price of your ticket. Sign up by January 10 so the teachers have ample time to procure journals for you in the color of your choosing! 

About the teachers, Anisse Gross & Susan Ito

Ruby member Anisse Gross is a San Francisco–based writer and editor who would be lost without her bullet journal. She began bullet journaling several years ago when nothing else worked and is passionate about spreading the word of productivity structures that are customized to suit each individual's unique needs.

Susan Ito has been keeping a bullet journal since August 26, 2016, and it has transformed her life. She writes and teaches at Mills College and the SF Writers’ Grotto.

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Jan
14
6:30 PM18:30

Let's Talk About SEX (and Relationships)!

Let's talk about sex and relationships! In the year 2019, we're navigating a new world of love, sex, and intimacy. During this roundtable discussion, moderated by Brianna Rader, founder of Juicebox Sex & Relationship App, we'll cover frequently asked questions from anonymous users. Then the conversation will continue, guided by — though not limited to — our panel of sex and relationship educators: In discussion, we'll have Ruby members Emma McGowan, sex writer for Bustle, and Robin Wilson-Beattie, a disability and sex educator, as well as sex and dating coach Myisha Battle.

Everything is open to discussion, from female orgasms to open relationships and polyamory to libido to sextoys to dating to consent to erectile issues. Come with your questions! You're encouraged to join the conversation and also have the option of submitting your questions anonymously.

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Jan
13
4:00 PM16:00

Do Something Dinner

Each month, at The Ruby hold Do Something Dinners where we gather with one another to engage with current topics facing our communities and take political action. Each dinner will focus on one or two specific issues; corresponding information about these issues and action items will be provided.

A wholesome dinner and nonalcoholic beverage will be provided (BYOB and wine — to share, if you are able!). We believe that gathering together as a community is at the foundation of sustained activism. The Ruby is a work and gathering space for women-identifying and nonbinary folks in the Bay Area. Children are welcome as long as they are supervised.

Do Something Dinners will be open to suggestions for specific actions (send them our way!), and may feature rotating guests. We will be addressing immediate political concerns with action and engagement. While these dinners will not require anyone commit to a certain political stance, all actions will be centered around creating equality for all peoples, and dismantling systems of oppression. While no political affiliation is required, these dinners are centered around resisting and dismantling white supremacy, the patriarchy, misogyny, homophobia/transphobia, attacks on religious and ethnic communities, etc. Hate speech of any kind will not be tolerated. We will be resisting many of this current administration’s policies, so be forewarned.

No experience of being politically active? Overwhelmed by all there is to be done? Not sure where to begin? No worries, these dinners are for you. We’ll provide info about the issues and actions you can take, whether it’s calling your reps, writing letter to elected officials, or organizing online or IRL. Join us, and bring your friends!

Suggestions for specific actions? Email us at staff@therubysf.com with the subject line “Do Something Dinners.”

PLEASE NOTE: Dinner is $10 for women-identifying/nonbinary nonmembers. We ask that Ruby members bring a drink to share, or contribute $10 to our supplies/meal costs.

And a note about accessibility: The Ruby is on the second floor and has a set of stairs leading up to it. Unfortunately we do not have an elevator. Please email staff@therubysf.com if you require assistance and we will be happy to help!

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Jan
11
5:30 PM17:30

HAPPY HOUR (AND A HALF): Lynn Wheeler

Join us for Happy Hour with Lynn Wheeler of Edith and IdaHobo wines, and more.

About Lynn Wheeler

I am a native of Pueblo, CO, who spent long hot summers in the Panhandle of Texas. In school at CU Boulder, I studied voice, photography, South American studies and finally Biology before I decided I better drop out. Kenny was keen to come get me and we moved to SF where we lived in a hallway we called the honeycomb hideout. Romantics from the start, we travelled the world together eating buttered baguettes and drinking cheap, well, anything.

I finally majored in Botany at UC Davis and managed the CSA at the student organic farm alongside Kenny who tended the student organic vineyard. I spent the summer and fall cataloging the flora of Rocky Mountain National Park, and then we moved to Santa Cruz where I was a Program Director at Eco-Farm and Kenny a Winemaker at Hallcrest/Organic Wine Works.

It was then, in 2001, that the Hobo Wine Company started and Kenny, with me by his side, ventured down the path towards building a small business that 17 harvests later has surrounded us with gratitude. In all these years creating this life, I have raised babies, filed many the form, sold wine with toddlers in tow, cleaned, inventoried, delivered, harvested, and cleaned again. In short, it was just time I made my own wine.

I am proud of the Edith and Ida Chardonnay because it embodies work and love. The vines are organically tended and very old and I find perfectly express all that is delicious in California fruit.

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Jan
10
6:30 PM18:30

QTPOC Mixer

Join us for a Queer & Trans People of Color mixer at The Ruby, co-hosted by Rubies Sana Javeri Kadri and Celeste Chan.

The Ruby is an arts & letters–focused work and gathering space for creative Bay Area women of all definitions. All are welcome with RSVP (regardless of membership status or gender identity.) No walk-ins, please; we will send you details about our location via email!

A note about accessibility: The Ruby has a set of stairs leading up to it; please email staff@therubysf.com to let us know if you require assistance, and we are happy to help!

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Jan
9
6:00 PM18:00

Side Hustle Support Group

More side projects than you know what to do with? Want to apply to that thing but can’t bring yourself to press “send”? That’s where this group comes in! We’ll check in with each other about projects we're working on, offer resources and encouragement, and then get to work on anything we want to do outside of the things we have to do.

Whether it’s a business, creative outlet, application, or something in-between, come get time, space, and support for it.

PLEASE NOTE: We've set this at 3 hours to make sure you have enough time to make a meaningful dent in whatever you're working on.

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Jan
8
6:00 PM18:00

Radio Club


Are you a lover or maker of radio? Do you get fired up about shows you've heard and are burning to talk about them with like-minded people? Join the Ruby's new Radio Club!


We'll be meeting once a month to discuss an episode or a show together — what worked, what we might have done differently, how it fits into the broader world of audio, and, of course, the content of the show.

We're kicking off this first meeting with Season 2 of Scene on the Radio, which is all about gender. It's called MEN.

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Jan
8
6:00 PM18:00

Feminist Reading Club: Sara Ahmed

“Feminism is a movement to end sexism, sexist exploitation, and oppression.” —bell hooks

Each month, we'll read a short article or several, and discuss it together, through the lens of intersectional feminism.  

For our January meeting, we'll read and discuss two essays by Sara Ahmed. 

  • Sara Ahmed, "No," feministkilljoys

  • Sara Ahmed, "Queer Use," feministkilljoys

Come at 5:30 p.m. if you'd like to read at The Ruby before the discussion begins at 6 p.m.

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Jan
7
6:00 PM18:00

New Year, New Hustle

Are You Ready to Break Free from the 9 to 5 and Launch Your Big Dream?

If you’re ready to launch your side hustle in 2019, there are three things you need to do to begin your journey as a bonafide hustler. One, you need to abolish those negative and unhelpful thoughts that hold you back from moving forward. (Spoiler alert: “I don’t know where to begin.” is one of those unhelpful thoughts!) Two, you need to get creative in expanding your Vision. Three, you need to set small, strategic steps towards making your dream a reality.

In this workshop, New Year, New Hustle, you will learn how to:

  • Identify, acknowledge, and reframe the negative and unhelpful thoughts that are holding you back in all facets of life

  • Embrace creativity in developing the vision of your future hustle

  • Connect to your unique purpose and calling in regards to your dream

  • Notice when you are being overtaken by new negative thoughts, and learn quick tools for ‘shaking it out’ mid work-session

  • Create resonant action steps on how to move forward with your hustle.

  • Set accountability strategies to make sure 2019 is your best year yet

This workshop is perfect for any individual who has a desire to embark on a new dream or endeavor, but is feeling stuck in anxiety, fear, or overwhelm. Whether you are starting something new, or simply developing a new phase of your hustle, this workshop will have plenty of nuggets to propel you confidently into action in 2019.

About Gieselle Allen

Gieselle Allen, CPCC helps ambitious women boldy break out of the 9 to 5. She has helped dozens of individuals around the globe embark on a new chapter in their lives. Her clients have written books, started and scaled businesses, quit full-time jobs to become digital nomads, moved countries, and the list continues. Prior to coaching, Gieselle broke out of the 9 to 5 for the first time in 2014 when she became a freelance television producer and started her marketing consultancy. Now, instead of creating narratives for television and marketing, she empowers women to rewrite the narrative of their careers. She believes any woman can make their own bold leaps and to step fully into their power. When they believe it as well, Gieselle will be there to lovingly support them in the journey.

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Jan
7
6:00 PM18:00

Works in Progress: The Ruby Show & Tell

Join us to share your works in progress. Read from a book in progress, show us your sketches, sing a few lines from a song in the works. We'd love to see (or hear/feel/smell/taste) what you're working on! If you'd like feedback on your projects, this is the perfect opportunity to share your work in a supportive setting. 

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Jan
4
7:00 PM19:00

Musical Showcase! Feat. Love Jerks, Heather D'Angelo, Silverware, and Gala

Join talented Ruby musicians — Rebecca Garza-Bortman, Heather D'Angelo, Ainsley Wagoner, and Claire Calderon — for a performance and Q&A (7 p.m. to 9 p.m.).

About Love Jerks

Love Jerks is a San Francisco duo who make dream-pop ballads and glam-rock anthems with a flair for the cinematic. The offspring of two lead singers—Bryan Garza of Scissors for Lefty (vocals, guitar) and Rebecca Garza-Bortman of Happy Fangs and My First Earthquake (vocals, bass)—the band was born when these two jerks, yes, fell in love. They met in a rock club; got married in a rock club; and somewhere in between they discovered a mutual affection for Grimes, The Pretenders, and French pop from the 1960s. Love Jerks is for anyone who’s ever gazed out a train window, starring in their own John Hughes movie in their head. (Maybe there’s a smidge of David Lynch.)

About Heather D’Angelo

Heather D'Angelo is a member of the indie dream-pop band, Au Revoir Simone, founded in Brooklyn in 2003. Au Revoir Simone has released four LPs and was recently featured on Twin Peaks: The Return. Since moving to San Francisco in 2015, Heather shifted creative gears and began to compose perfume; she launched her sustainable fragrance company, Carta, in 2017.

About Silverware

Led by Ainsley Wagoner and her ethereal voice, Silverware plays sparse, atmospheric, and bittersweet pop. Wagoner weaves lyrics on the feminine experience together with sounds inspired by her hometown of Lexington, KY. With a subtle but moving sound, Silverware gets the audience to tune in and feel all the feels.

About Gala

Gala (pronounced: GAH-LAH) is an acoustic indie folk-pop trio based in Oakland, CA with Roots in Chile, Guam, & the Philippines. Their music deals with themes of migration, justice, heartache, and resilience. Gala’s sound is magnetic, tender, and transportive often inspired by a long tradition of Chilean and South American folkloric music. Gala takes its name from a beloved furry friend who takes her name from Salvador Dalí’s muse. 

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Jan
4
5:30 PM17:30

HAPPY HOUR (AND A HALF): Gratitude Edition!

For our first happy hour of 2019, we'll be catching up over wine and snacks, and writing Thank You cards!

We have so many people to thank for making this past year (our first year!) at The Ruby so special. This happy hour, we'll be writing THANK YOU cards to the many wine and spirit makers, chefs, and individuals who brought their talent and energy to The Ruby.

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Jan
3
6:00 PM18:00

The Ruby Town Hall

Ruby members, let's gather together to continue discussing The Ruby: what's been working, what could be better, and how we might improve operations going forward. Come with ideas, and ideas for solutions. 

Come, also, with your ideas for events we might host, cooks/chefs/makers we might feature. Come with your ideas for how we might do good in our community, and ideas for how we can work toward making The Ruby an even more inclusive and diverse space, welcoming to women and nonbinary people of all ages and backgrounds. Let's gather to brainstorm the programming that supports this goal of inclusion and diversity.

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Dec
19
6:30 PM18:30

Getting Grants with Cristiana Baik

As gifted artists and writers, many of us have amazing, game-changing projects that need seed funding, visibility, and support. It's not an easy process to seek out and secure funding, and although the application process is not often complicated, the writing itself can be laborious and intimidating, even discouraging.

During this workshop, Ruby member Cristiana Baik will provide some practical nuts-and-bolts tips related to grant writing: doing your due diligence, building realistic timelines, building your budget (and communicating your budget in a clear way to funders) and discussing the writing style that funding committees often look for in "winning" proposals. She'll also provide some basic templates related to grant proposals/narratives and budgets.

About Cristiana Baik

Cristiana Baik is a writer working and living in San Francisco. Currently, she works as the Director of Development for the Richmond Area Multi-Services, Inc. (RAMS), one of the largest mental health agencies serving the Asian/Pacific Islander community in the Bay Area. She has been doing development and sustainability building work for nonprofits for more than a decade, having raised nearly $10 million in foundation grants and $30 million in government contracts for nonprofits in California, Minnesota and New York in the past five years. In the past, she has led grant writing efforts for arts-based nonprofits, including ART21 and the San Francisco Art Institute.

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Dec
18
6:00 PM18:00

Intro to Natural Perfumery with Heather D’Angelo of Carta


In this introductory workshop, Ruby member Heather D’Angelo, founder of the sustainable fragrance brand Carta, will guide students through the process of designing and crafting a custom fragrance. Students will have the chance to work with a palette of over 30 essential oils, absolutes, and natural isolates, including a few rare ingredients that Heather personally sourced from the Amazon rainforest and were featured in Carta’s debut fragrance, Moena 12|69. 

The class will cover the structure of perfume, including basic technical info on top, middle, and base notes in relation to fragrance families, the tools of the trade, recipe development, how to build accords, and simple blending techniques. Heather will also go over how to read material safety data sheets in order to provide students with an understanding of essential oil safety, and the importance of sustainable sourcing when choosing natural materials. 

Students will leave with a bottle of fragrance that they have developed under Heather’s guidance, as well as information about how to continue their exploration with fragrance at home.

No previous experience with fragrance design is necessary.

PLEASE NOTE: For Ruby members, there is a materials fee of $30, payable at the start of class. For nonmembers, your materials fee is included in the price of your ticket. 

About Heather D’Angelo 

Heather D’Angelo is a San Francisco-based perfumer, musician (with the band Au Revoir Simone), and ecologist. The dream for Carta originated while she was collecting botanical samples from the Malaysian rainforest as part of her research at Columbia University. After several years of working with plant-based aromatic compounds, she developed an understanding that scent, like music, is a transformative instrument. Both have the arcane power to suspend moments and places in time.

With Carta, D’Angelo explores the artistry of perfume craft through her mastery of musical composition and ongoing scientific inquiry. Rooted in her passion for environmental conservation, D’Angelo’s romance with perfume is shaped and driven by a commitment to conscious practices and a desire to share the stories behind Carta’s ingredients.

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Dec
17
6:30 PM18:30

Polymer Clay Holiday Workshop with Kathryn Jaller

It goes by many names—Sculpey, Fimo, Premo—and it’s an exceptionally easy-to-use sculpture material. Get the time and materials to whip up some colorful gifts, ornaments, or other decorations. Learn how to use a familiar material a new way, or just come and play.

PLEASE NOTE: There is a materials fee of $15, payable at the start of class. Nonmembers, this is included in the cost of your ticket!

About Kathryn Jaller

Kathryn Jaller develops content, campaigns, and experiences for creative brands and business. Most recently she led the digital team at Chronicle Books and prior to produced content of all kinds at the Contemporary Jewish Museum. She’s also an avid maker who has shown at West Coast Craft and her recent Necklace Aura Reading project about the intersection of identity, anxiety, and fashion was featured by Kickstarter. See her other creations at freundthings.co.

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Dec
16
1:00 PM13:00

Home Brew Party!

After weeks of waiting for our brew to ferment, we can finally enjoy our very own Ruby beer! Come hang with us at our winter beer potluck party!

We'll be joined by our mentor brewers, the wonderful Gwen Thompson and Molly O'Brien, and clink glasses full of Ruby winter brew! This is also a potluck picnic, so bring something to share with our beer loving community or contribute $10 for food/beer costs.

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Dec
14
5:30 PM17:30

HAPPY HOUR (AND A HALF): Little Frances

Erin Pooley was born and raised in Sydney, Australia. Before relocating to California she graduated from Charles Sturt University with a degree in Applied Wine Science. Erin has been making wine worldwide since 2007. 

Enamored with the nuance and intrigue of white wine with bottle age, Erin started her wine company in 2012 with Semillon from the Luchsinger Vineyard in Lake County, California. 

From the outset, Erin has subscribed to the philosophy of aging Semillon before release. These dry white wines develop a savoury complexity and depth fascinating to experience over years of cellaring. 

Erin has continued to produce Luchsinger Vineyard Semillon since 2012. Her third release, Little Frances is available now. 

littlefrances.com

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Dec
11
6:00 PM18:00

Member Potluck & Resource Party

Get to know fellow Ruby members at our potluck and resource party. We'll email you in advance with a spreadsheet to coordinate what dinner dishes to share.

We'll gather as a group to brainstorm our way through problems we might be facing as individuals. Do you have a goal you're trying to reach, or something you need for your business or yourself? Come with specific needs or requests, and a desire to help.

From Barbara Sher's Wishcraft:

“Pioneer families and small farmers had to pool their labor to get their barns built, their crops plowed and harvested, their corn husked. In the process, they reaffirmed the bonds of community — and had a whale of a good time. Working together toward vital common goals strengthened their relationships as it lightened their labor. There was no split in their lives between love and work, self-interest and mutual aid."

“Most of us remember and treasure every part we’ve ever played in someone else’s survival, satisfaction, or success. And that’s not because we’re a bunch of altruistic saints. It’s because helping each other is creative and makes us feel good."

"Your get-together can begin and end with socializing, but in the middle it's got to be a business meeting, with everyone's attention focused on the problem at hand. You start things off by telling everyone, first, all about your goal, and second, everything you've figured out you need in order to get it."

And from Sister Outsider by Audre Lorde, along these same lines:

"For women, the need and desire to nurture each other is not pathological but redemptive, and it is within that knowledge that our real power is rediscovered. It is this real connection which is so feared by a patriarchal world. Only within a patriarchal structure is maternity the only social power open to women.

Interdependency between women is the way to a freedom which allows the I to be, not in order to be used, but in order to be creative. This is a difference between the passive be and the active being."

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Dec
10
6:00 PM18:00

Wreath Making with Gina Rose of The Bloom Generation

Let's gather for an evening filled with flowers, mistletoe, and fun! In this seasonal offering, Gina from the Bloom Generation will be teaching the origins of the wreath and the how-to's of creating your own. You will make and take home a handmade holiday wreath.

PLEASE NOTE: There is a materials fee of $30, payable at the start of class. (Nonmembers, this is included in the price of your ticket.)

About Gina Rose

It all started with being a professional doodler: working with pens, paint, chalk, and charcoal, I mastered the craft of sign making. And then came calligraphy, and then my introduction to the event world. Then came the call to flowers, inspired by my mama, florist by trade, I began to learn. Certified in floral design, I have worked weddings, events, bridal parties, bachelorette parties, baby showers, holiday parties, and more. I also work with the natural healing powers of flowers, studying the language of flowers, flower baths, and more. I'm a certified yoga teacher and reiki healer, blending the magic of art and healing in my offerings. 

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Dec
8
10:00 AM10:00

The Ruby's Holiday Craft Fair

The Ruby is hosting a pop-up holiday craft fair and party featuring local women and non-binary artisans!

We are transforming The Ruby into a holiday market full of locally made jewelry, accessories, home goods, clothing, art, packaged, food, and other giftables! Plus a Ruby bake sale, and coffee and mulled cider to warm you up. 

Our vendors include:

The cost of entry is $5, and includes one raffle ticket (additional tickets will be on sale at The Ruby on the day of) that enters you in a raffle to win something from one of our featured artisans. 50% of ticket proceeds will go toward The Ruby's Fellowship Fund, which will fund 10 full, year-long Ruby memberships for LGBTQ+ individuals and people of color who might not otherwise be able to afford a Ruby membership; the other 50% will go to Raphael House, a San Francisco–based organization that helps low-income families and families experiencing homelessness strengthen family bonds by achieving stable housing and financial independence.

GET YOUR TICKET HERE.

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Dec
7
7:00 PM19:00

Giant Joint Book-Release Party!

We have a lot to celebrate! Join our resident Ruby authors in toasting the 2018 releases of books from members Maggie Hoffman (The One-Bottle Cocktail), Rachel Levin (Look Big: And Other Tips for Surviving Animal Encounters of All Kinds), Jill Diamond (Lou Lou & Pea and the Bicentennial Bonanza), Jennifer S. Cheng (Moon: Letters, Maps, Poems), Rita Bullwinkel (Belly Up), R.O. Kwon (The Incendiaries), Georgia Freedman (Cooking South of the Clouds),  Anita Felicelli (Love Songs for a Lost Continent), Mia Malhotra (Isako Isako), and Caroline Paul (You Are Mighty)

Snacks & drinks provided, and books available for purchase.

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Dec
7
5:30 PM17:30

HAPPY HOUR (AND A HALF): Mountain Tides Wine

Our goal is pretty simple: we want to learn and better understand the rich diversity of California’s landscape through the lens of the Petite Sirah grape, and through that process we want to make delicious wines that offer a new perspective of what Petite Sirah in California is capable of becoming.

One of our favorite things about California is that it contains a seemingly endless amount of distinct areas with their own plants, rocks, views, and people. If you drive one hour in five different directions, there is a good chance you will find yourself in five vastly different places. By focusing on the Petite Sirah grape, and by using a more hands-off winemaking approach, we can see how any of these unique places yields a completely unique wine.

We find Petite Sirah growing in vineyards in lesser-known areas of California, and each of these places has a story to tell and we do our best to listen and let that story come out as purely as possible.

mountaintideswine.com

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