From an experienced hand at Grenache and grapes farmed biodynamically comes this bright, juicy Sonoma Grenache. The 2012 Quivera Grenache from Wine Creek Ranch is silky and smooth, tasting of black cherries and dried wild herbs. It's delicious and easygoing, but with some depth and character.
Open a bottle for your best burgers, steak frites, a rack of ribs or a main course salad. Good with cheese too.
Region: Dry Creek Valley, Sonoma County
Price: About $32
Style: Easy drinking
What it goes with: Burgers, steak frites, ribs, main course salads, cheese
Where to find it: K&L Wine Merchants in Hollywood, (323) 464-9463, www.klwines.com; Packing House Wine Merchants in Claremont, (909) 445-9463, www.packinghousewines.com; Paradise Pantry in Ventura, (805) 641-9440, www.paradisepantry.com; and the Wine Club in Santa Ana, (714) 835-6485, www.thewineclub.com.
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