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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 - Grilled Duck with a Patriarche Reduction Sauce


Grilled Duck with a Patriarche Reduction Sauce

1 whole duck, quartered


  • 1 pint water1/2 cup salt
  • 1 tbsp raspberry jam
  • 3 tbsp cider vinegar
  • 15 black peppercorns
  • small bunch thyme
  • small bunch sage, chopped


  • 1 cup wine (preferably Patriarche)
  • 1 tsp raspberry jam
  • 1/2 tsp dijon mustard
  • 1 tbsp honey
  • 1 tsp thyme
  • salt and pepper

Brine Instructions:

  • Combine all the ingredients and add the duck to a zip lock bag. Let sit for at least 2 hours. Soaking for more than a day can cause the duck to be too salty.
  • Steam the duck for 45 min. using a large pot with a vegetable steaming insert.
  • Crisp the duck skin over hot coals. This takes about 2 min. per side.

Sauce Instructions:

  • Reduce the wine by about 75% and add the remaining ingredients over high heat.
  • Spoon sauce over duck and enjoy with the Holly's Hill Patriarche!


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