Pinot Noir for January
Our weekend wine pick from Santa Maria Valley that's tailor-made for winter enjoyment.
Cambria Estate Winery “Julia’s Vineyard” 2010 Pinot Noir (Santa Maria Valley; $25)
This wine tastes tailor-made for winter enjoyment—especially for those times when you’re looking for the elegance and food-friendliness of a Pinot Noir, but want some heft in your glass, too. Enjoy deep, lush flavors of dark cherries, the vibrancy of strawberries, and a long, spicy finish—all delivered in a firm yet graceful package.
Yes, it’s a splurge, but in my experience, Pinot Noirs this good generally cost even more, and are a lot more difficult to find. Here’s a widely available choice that’s worth bringing out for an intimate dinner party.
These winter-perfect dishes will flatter the Cambria Estates Winery “Julia’s Vineyard” Pinot Noir:
- Rosemary Apricot Pork Tenderloin
- Roasted Breast of Chicken with Mushrooms Duxelles and Herb Butter
- Hudson Valley Duck
- Beef Bourguignon
- Chile-Pomegranate Chicken Thighs
- Herb-Crusted Rack of Lamb
Relish wine and cocktails columnist Wini Moranville is the author of The Bonne Femme Cookbook: Simple, Splendid Food That French Women Cook Every Day.
Preserves, rosemary and garlic glaze roasted pork tenderloin. Serve over creamy polenta with brussels sprouts.
Duck breasts, available frozen, make a nice change from other poultry.
A lightened-up version of a classic French beef stew.
Ancho chili powder and pomegranate molasses make a spicy glaze for chicken.