This Weekend: Drink Local Wine


Planning a barbecue, dinner party or picnic this weekend? Here’s five affordable, locally-crafted wines to serve with your summery fare.

2007 Riesling
Madroña Vineyards, Camino

Aroma: Heady scents of honeysuckle and cloves, with just a whisper of vanilla
Tasting notes: Nice and dry, lots of spice character, flowery and lightly honeyed
Serve with: Brie and Gruyère cheese; Petrale sole, quiche, Asian dishes

2005 OZV
Lodi Old Vine Zinfandel
Oak Ridge Winery, Lodi

Aroma: Raspberry, cassis, leather
Tasting notes: Forward raspberry flavors; jammy and lively
Serve with: Goat cheese, stuffed mushrooms, grilled red meats and sausages. Or poach pears in this wine and serve them at room temperature with your favorite cheese and biscotti for an after-dinner treat.

2007 Sauvignon Blanc
El Dorado
Boeger Winery, Placerville

Aroma: Grassy, apricot, melon
Tasting notes: Starts with a grassy, citrusy bright punch to the palate; offers a short, cleansing, lemony finish
Serve with: Grilled shrimp, Caesar salad, chicken picatta

2003 Syrah
Capay Valley Vineyards, Brooks, Capay Valley

Aroma: Tobacco, ripe plums, mint
Tasting notes:  Delightfully plummy, with hints of black pepper, violet and black cherry.
Serve with: Barbecued ribs, grilled salmon, smoked beef brisket, or even pepperoni pizza

2008 Pinot Grigio
Montevina Winery, Plymouth

Aroma: Generous candied melon and peachy fragrance
Tasting notes: Soft, approachable, lots of peach and pear flavors with a hint of citrus
Serve with: Roast chicken, bouillabaisse, ham and cheese sandwiches, pasta Alfredo