Ironstone Vineyards, located in the Sierra Foothills, produces a Symphony varietal wine with very local roots: The Symphony grape was developed by UC Davis’ Professor Emeritus Harold Olmo, a world-renowned grape breeder and viticulturist. The Symphony is a luscious cross between two grapes: Muscat of Alexandria and Grenache Gris, and produces an exuberantly fruity wine that’s best served chilled. Ironstone’s Symphony has a heady, perfumey orange blossom fragrance, and offers up rich, apricotty-peachy flavors. This lovely wine would be great paired with Asian food, light salads, or even as an after-dinner wine with a fruity dessert like a summer trifle or a warm stone fruit cobbler.
Montevina Winery, located in Amador County, produces a lusty, brightly flavored Barbera, bursting with ripe cherry/blackberry/red currant flavors and a hint of spicy cinnamon. This easy-drinking red would be fabulous with spaghetti Bolognese (or any tomato-based pastas), meatloaf or a slice of your favorite pizza.