August Beef and Local Wine Pairing

Grilled Steak with Deep Cherry Wine Sauce



  • Favorite cut of Steak, grilled to taste
  • 1 Cup Hickman Family Vineyards Barbara
  • 1⁄4 Cup Balsamic Vinegar
  • 2 Tbls Rosemary, finely chopped
  • 1 Tbls Brown Sugar
  • 1 1⁄2 Cup Fresh Cherries, pitted (you can use canned cherries in a pinch, however fresh cherries are highly suggested)
  • Salt and Pepper, to taste


Allow steak to rest at least five minutes while you make the sauce.  Bring wine, vinegar and rosemary to simmer over medium heat in a medium saucepan for 6-8 minutes.  Add brown sugar and cherries.  Salt and pepper to taste. Cook for another 5 minutes.  After rested, cut steak into 1⁄2 inch slices, against the grain, on the bias.  Pair with any Hickman Family Vineyard Barbera or any Red, I haven’t found a single one that doesn’t taste delicious with this recipe.

Hickman Family Vineyards of Bangor, California Recommends Pairing this Meal with their 2009 Barbera.


2009 Barbera-

This beautiful Italian varietal has huge ripe fruit characteristics of tart cherries and boysenberry.  Crisp acidity is Barbera signature trait, which makes this wine mouthwatering and lushes.

About Hickman Family Vineyards-

Our love affair with wine began in the late 90’s.  We could not get enough of the wine tasting experience in our native Sonoma County.  Before we knew it Alyse was working for a small start up winery owned by Korbel.  This afforded us insight and access to the production side of the wine world and before long we were cultivating our own ideas for a start up winery.  One of the defining features of this industry is the willingness of everyone to share their knowledge.  We are very appreciative of those accomplished individuals that helped us along the way.

Our dream soon led us to the foothills and the former gold rush town of Bangor.  This is the second time Tod has lived in Bangor.  The first time was Submarine Base Bangor, Washington.  The oak studded foothills and terroir reminded us of the eastern side of Sonoma County.  Affordable land and a favorable business and regulatory climate completed the package, making Bangor California our new home.

We started developing the winery property in January 2002.  The first acre of zinfandel was planted in the spring of 2005.  We officially opened the winery doors to the public on Mother’s Day 2011.  We personally do all aspects of the wine production and management with much needed and appreciated help from our children, family, and awesome wine club.

Hickman Family Vineyards

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