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Illustration by Conrad Garcia

For a quick, cheap vacation to the South of France, head over to Domaine de la Terre Rouge in Amador County’s scenic Shenandoah Valley. Winemaker Bill Easton and his wife Jane O’Riordan have focused much of their production on Rhône varietals: Grenache, Syrah, Mourvèdre, Viognier, Marsanne, Roussane and Muscat. Easton and O’Riordan admire the lusty character of the Rhône wines, a quality they have translated through the Sierra Nevada’s red granite terroir. Standouts in the cellar include the Mourvèdre, a warm-blooded red scented with foothill brush; the Noir, a Châteauneuf du Pape-blend that is a boisterous partner with grilled foods; and the Vin Gris d’Amador, a dry rose that should be standard equipment on your patio this summer. With all the money you will have saved on European airfare, you might as well take home a case. 10801 Dickson Road, Plymouth, (209) 245-4277.