David Girard Vineyards 2008 Grenache El Dorado, $22:
Rhone varietals are the focus of this Sierra Foothills winery located at 1,300 feet. Grenache is often referred to as the “Pinot Noir of the foothills” for its bright cranberry and raspberry notes. In addition to the fruitiness, this juicy wine offers notes of herbs and cloves and is aged eleven months in neutral barrels.
Where to find it:
The 2008 vintage can be found at Taste Restaurant in Plymouth (restauranttaste.com), The Market at Pavilions in Fair Oaks (marketatpavilions.com) and Nugget Market stores throughout the region. You also have the option of bottles with screw cap or natural cork closures when you make your purchase at the winery in Placerville.
What to eat with this wine:
Seared duck breast with black quinoa, local fig and pear compote, fig reduction and hydroponic watercress.