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Perfect Pairings

The Grand Cru general manager Devin Hill put together two wine pairings perfect for a night out on the town.

The Grand Cru is located at 130 W. Main St., in downtown Turlock. The wine and cocktail bar offers small plates, charcuterie boards and entrees. The Grand Cru is open from 1 p.m. to midnight on Wednesdays and Saturdays and 4 p.m. to 1:30 a.m. on Thursdays and Fridays. It is closed Sunday through Tuesday.

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Frank Family Vineyards’ Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon

is paired with cured salami braised in bay leaves, garlic and cayenne pepper and finished in a red wine reduction. This wine has rich aromas of crème de cassis, fresh espresso, vanilla bean and ripe blackberry. Toasty, spicy notes of cedar come through as well.

Frank Family Vineyards’ Napa Valley Zinfandel is paired with cayenne-rubbed pork short ribs braised in house-made barbecue sauce and finished with fresh mint and cilantro. The wine has aromas of black pepper, savory spices and ripe red fruits.