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is a picturesque and remote area in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada Mountains. Popular with outdoorsmen, the region also serves as a northern entrance into Yosemite National Park. In 1865, Mark Twain immortalized the area in his tale of “The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County”.

Through the 1850s and ‘60s, this was the heart of the Gold Rush. Prospectors of many national origins arrived in the area afflicted with Gold Fever. Those who stayed, notably the French and the Italians, quickly established vineyards and a reputation for producing the best wines in California. Many of these vineyards would long outlive the boom and bust of the Gold Rush and a century and a half later, the red clay and gravelly slopes of Calaveras County are yielding another kind of Mother Lode – the gold medal winning wines of the region. Calaveras County forms the southern third of the broad Sierra Foothills AVA which also covers much of El Dorado and Amador counties to the north. Vineyards here generally Read more »

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  • Tempranillo

    History of the grape: Origins of Tempranillo are murky. It could be indigenous to the Spanish countryside, or it coul...

  • Zinfandel

    Parentage of the grape: Crljenak to Austria to America. In the 1970s, claims surfaced that the Italian Primitivo is l...

  • Cabernet Sauvignon

    “King of the Red Wine Grapes.” The colonizer of the vineyards, pushing native wine grapes into its shadows. The Caber...

  • Syrah

    The irony here is that Syrah’s origins could give Carmen Sandiego a run for her international wallet. Syrah’s deepest...

  • Chardonnay

    British wine writer and critic, Jancis Robinson, once noted that throughout the 80’s and 90’s in the United States, C...

Popular Wineries in Calaveras View all

  • Hatcher Winery

    Matthew Hatcher is owner and winemaker, and his wine making talents have put Hatcher on the don't...

  • Chatom Vineyards

    Our vineyard is nestled in the breathtaking Esmeralda Valley of Calaveras County, in the Sierra F...

  • Twisted Oak Winery

    We specialize in wines made from Spanish and Rhone varieties grown here in Calaveras County, CA. ...

  • Broll Mountain Vineyards

    Established in 1998, Broll Mountain Vineyards produces, on its Murphys California vineyard, small...

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  • Been almost 4 months but I finally cracked.Limerick Lane1 - 2015 RRV Zinfandel4 ... Rorick Heritage Vineyard, Calaveras2 - 2017 Valdiguie Rosé, North Coast Mendocino2 - 2017 Gamay Noir, Barsotti Vineyard, El DoradoDesire Lines Wine Co.1 - 2015 Griffin’s Lair Syrah Petaluma Gap4 - Cole Ranch RieslingBack on hold no Read More

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  • Being a fan of Jolie-Laide and being that we have been drinking a lot of whites ... ... Vineyard, Pinot Gris, Calaveras County 2015 - $28   alert – we only got 12 bottles of Pinot Gris this year. L grab ‘em if you need ‘em.          Jolie-Laide, Rosé, North Coast 2015 - $24   watermelon-fresh & totally beguiling. this is what great rosé wants ... Read More

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  • Went to Murphys, CA today for lunch, and ended up with a few bottles of ... ... Grenache and 2013 Cotes du Calaveras Blanc.  I have been a fan of Lavender Ridge in the past, and wanted to taste some Roussanne, but they were sold out.  Their white Rhone blend was very good- the 2013 Cotes du Calaveras Blanc  (42% Marsanne, 32% Viognier, 23% Rou... Read More

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  • F.Stephen Millier Black Label Reserve Petite Sirah Calaveras County 2013


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    Wine review by carlyboy

  • F. Stephen Millier Zinfandel Calaveras County 2013


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    Wine review by LetUsTaste

  • F. Stephen Millier Zinfandel Calaveras County 2013


    A recent Naked Wines selection. Deep red purple opaque in the glass. Opens with spice & herb and an interesting umami back; later a bit more mint, thyme, and lavender, and a bit of cherry cola and cedar. Full mouth, dry, but smooth, bright tannins. Seems like this one has the capacity to age well. As it sits in the glass, more complexity and m... Read More

    Wine review by puhnner

  • Newsome-Harlow Zinfandel Calaveras County 2008


    Peppery spice and dark fruit nose, long jammy finish. Read More

    Wine review by stachlaw

  • F.Stephen Millier Black Label Reserve Petite Sirah Calaveras County 2013


    A Naked Wines Selection. Dark, inky, and intense in the glass. Opens with dried sage and mint, then vanilla and roasted plum preserves with a long savory finish of dried herbs, black cherry, blackberry, and moss. Big mouthfull, well rounded, with balanced medium tannins and acidity. A knockout at the Angel price and at the $22.99, not bad either. Read More

    Wine review by puhnner

  • F. Stephen Millier Angels Reserve Red Angel 2012


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    Wine review by puhnner

  • Smith Wooton Syrah Tanner Vineyard 2005


    First taste was bright red and black fruit with nice acidity and smooth, tight tannin. After an hour or so the flavors changed slightly gaining a hint of leather but still fresh on the palate. Very, very interesting. 2005 vintage. Read More

    Wine review by vin0vin0

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