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Discover the Best Foods to Pair with Our Wines

The best food-and-wine pairing is a balance between a dish’s elements and the characteristics of the selected wine. Learn more about our wines below and discover the best foods to pair with each varietal.

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SAUVIGNON BLANC (FUMÉ BLANC)

We grow Sauvignon Blanc grapes in our American Canyon and Carneros vineyards in the southern tip of Napa Valley, near San Francisco Bay. The clay soils retain water, allowing us to dry farm, and the coolness slows ripening and retains acidity.

Served with fillet of sole, pork loin, or savory goat cheese, this wine’s crisp and balanced acidity complements the flavor of these dishes beautifully.

Our Grgich Hills Estate Sauvignon Blanc (Fumé Blanc) is available here →

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CHARDONNAY

Miljenko “Mike” Grgich made Chardonnay a household name in the late 1970s and has continued to make Chardonnays that defy expectations.  Using old-world grape growing and wine making techniques, our Chardonnay is not subjected to malolactic fermentation, which preserves its wonderful acidity.

Enjoy this exceptionally elegant Chardonnay with salmon, roasted chicken, grilled pork, or creamy cheeses.

Our Grgich Hills Estate Chardonnay is available here →

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ROSÉ

Our winemakers have created a crisp and fragrant Rosé fit for any occasion, whether you’re pairing it with food or just having a glass.

When served slightly chilled, this wine pairs wonderfully with spicy foods, such as street tacos, Thai noodles, or BBQ ribs. Enjoy this refreshing Rosé in its youth.

Our Grgich Hills Estate Rosé is available here →

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ZINFANDEL

Our Zinfandel comes exclusively from our 34-acre Miljenko’s vineyard.  Located in the rolling foothills just northwest of Calistoga, it is the warmest of our five vineyards. This classic Zinfandel displays notes of strawberries, raspberries, black pepper, and spiced plums.

Pair these classic flavors with ćevapčići (Croatian sausages), rack of lamb, steak sandwiches, sausage pizza, or meat lasagna.

Our Grgich Hills Estate Zinfandel is available here →

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MERLOT

Our Merlot grapes are grown both in the cooler American Canyon and Carneros vineyards as well as in our warmer Yountville vineyards. Blended from all three vineyards, this balanced, robust Merlot combines the richness and depth of the warmer climates with the perfume and bright fruitiness of the cooler climates.

Enjoy this Merlot with grilled flank steak, lamb burgers, duck, braised veal, or eggplant parmesan.

Our Grgich Hills Estate Merlot is available here →

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CABERNET SAUVIGNON

The heart of our Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon comes from our old-vine Yountville vineyards, with grapes from our Rutherford and Calistoga vineyards to round out the blend. The result is a full-bodied, elegant Cabernet Sauvignon with pure flavors and a pronounced sense of place.

This wine pairs well with seared steak, Gorgonzola gnocchi, beef bourguignon, BBQ ribs, rack of lamb, or ratatouille.

Our Grgich Hills Estate Cabernet Sauvignon is available here →

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VIOLETTA, LATE HARVEST

Our classically produced late harvest wine is the result of Botrytis Cinerea, a beneficial mold that evaporates moisture while concentrating the flavor in the berry but yielding very little juice when we press the grapes. This unique wine has both sweetness and a refreshing acidity that makes it suitable for pairing with a wide variety of sweet or savory foods.

Paired with desserts, such as fruit tarts, crème brûlée, or rich cheeses, or served all by itself, Violetta makes a lasting impression at the end of any meal.

Our Grgich Hills Estate Violetta, Late Harvest is available here →

What are your favorite dishes to pair with our Grgich Hills Estate wines? We’d love to see them!

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