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“We've sampled wines at a variety of locations, but find we're always comparing them to the excellence of Holly's Hill wines.”

— Review on Trip Advisor

Wine Pairings & Recipes

At Holly’s Hill Vineyards, we’re constantly serving up tasty events featuring a variety of Josh’s favorite recipes that pair perfectly with our wines. Enjoy!
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Recipes - Lamb with a Pasilla Honey Sauce

Wylie-Fenaughty Syrah

Lamb with a Pasilla Honey Sauce

  • 3 garlic cloves, unpeeled
  • 1 dried pasilla chile, stemmed
  • ½ teaspoon dried oregano, preferably Mexican
  • ¼ teaspoon black pepper
  • 2 racks of lamb, salted & peppered
  • 1/8 teaspoon cumin
  • 1 tbsp honey
  • 1 tbsp balsamic vinegar
  • ½ tsp salt

Put the chile into a small bowl, cover with hot water and soak 30 minutes. Drain, reserving 3 tbsp of the soaking water. Roast the unpeeled garlic on a skillet over medium heat, turning occasionally, until soft and blackened in spots, about 15 minutes. Cool and peel.

In a food processor blender, combine the chile, 3 tbsp of soaking liquid, garlic, oregano, pepper, cumin, honey, vinegar and salt. Blend to a smooth pure, scraping down and stirring frequently. Press through a medium-mesh strainer into a small bowl.

Grill the lamb racks until desired done-ness. Serve with prepared sauce and garnish with cilantro and shredded hard cheese if desired.

About Holly's Hill Vineyards

Nestled in the beautiful Sierra Foothills in El Dorado County and Pleasant Valley, Holly's Hill Vineyards specializes in producing Rhone varietal wines. In fact, the estate vineyards are composed entirely of Rhone varieties including Viognier, Roussanne, Grenache, Mourvedre, Syrah, and Counoise. The winery produces varietal wines, a dry Rosé, and red and white blends. The enthusiasm for Rhone varieties at Holly's Hill started when Tom and Holly Cooper (owners) shared their first bottle of Chateauneuf du Pape on their honeymoon. It's been a love affair ever since.


Holly’s Hill Vineyards
3680 Leisure Lane
Placerville, CA 95667