Our weekend wine pick from Santa Maria Valley that's tailor-made for winter enjoyment.

<strong>Cambria Estate Winery “Julia’s Vineyard” 2010 Pinot Noir (Santa Maria Valley; $25)</strong>

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.

<i>Recipe Recommendations: </i>

These winter-perfect dishes will flatter the Cambria Estates Winery “Julia’s Vineyard” Pinot Noir:
<ul>
<li> Rosemary Apricot Pork Tenderloin</li>
<li>Roasted Breast of Chicken with Mushrooms Duxelles and Herb Butter</li>
<li>Hudson Valley Duck</li>
<li>Beef Bourguignon</li>
<li>Chile-Pomegranate Chicken Thighs</li>
<li>Herb-Crusted Rack of Lamb</li>
</ul>
<i>Relish wine and cocktails columnist Wini Moranville is the author of </i>The Bonne Femme Cookbook: Simple, Splendid Food That French Women Cook Every Day.
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