El Dorado County Wine

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The spectacular Sierra Nevada range offers a fitting backdrop to the vineyards of El Dorado County; some of the loftiest in California (ranging from 1,200 to 3,600 feet). In this outdoor playground, a vibrant wine industry plays host to both cutting edge and traditional wineries alike.

The history of grape growing in the region dates to the 1850s when vineyards were planted in the area to quench the thirst of miners and speculators in search of gold. By 1870, El Dorado only trailed Los Angeles and Sonoma Counties in wine production. While the search for precious stone spurred the industry in its early years, the true ‘gold’ of the region is the county’s old vine Zinfandel vines which continue to produce some of California’s most expressive wines. However, despite its world wide reputation for great Zin, El Dorado County (and its three approved AVAs – El Dorado , Fairplay and the Sierra Foothills) are also home to a number of wineries experimenting with an eclectic mélange of varietals. The Read more »

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  • Viognier

    History of the grape: Viognier is thought to be an indigenous grape of Croatia that was brought to the Rhone in Franc...

  • Cabernet Sauvignon

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

  • Chardonnay

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

  • Syrah

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

  • Zinfandel

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

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  • Lavender Ridge Vineyard (California)

    Rich and Siri Gilpin are the owners and operators of Lavender Ridge Vineyard. Rich has a BS degre...

  • Domaine de la Terre Rouge

    TERRE ROUGE and EASTON Wines is located in California on the West Slope of the Sierra Nevada i...

  • Stevenot Winery

    Wine, gold, history and heritage are all part of the rich and colorful tradition that is Stevenot...

  • Dalla Terra Vineyards

    Dalla Terra Vineyards is a locally family owned vineyard located in Granite Bay, California.

  • Oakstone Winery

    Oakstone Winery is one of the premium wineries of the Sierra Foothills, located in the heart of t...

  • Mount Aukum Winery

    Early in the winter of 2000/2001 three cousins from Texas, found a piece of land in El Dorado Co...

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  • Found Snooth by accident.  My wife and I are from Northern California, ... Amador, Placer, Nevada, or El Dorado county wineries are really close for me, but I would drive to Napa if such a wine (good wine) were available.  Thanks for any help. Pau Read More

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  • Diarie Break Away Zinfandel Sierra Foothills 2009

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    "Light" appearing red in the glass.maybe a tad darker than the 2009 DiArie Primitivo that I am also tasting, tonight. Fairly light nose with noticeable blackberry aromas. Much rounder and fuller than the Primitivo (still no more than a medium-bodied wine)--more blackberry flavor, maybe not quite as acidic. A fairly simple wine. Very easy to ... Read More

    Wine review by EMark


  • Terre Rouge l'Autre G.s.m. Ble Miscellaneous Sierra Foothills Usa 2008

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    Excellent rhone blend. Very well balanced with fresh red and black fruit, black cherry, supple and fine tannins, nice round mouth feel and a real nice finish. Read More

    Wine review by vin0vin0


  • Hello WV,Not sure if Rieslings are a good place to launch since they have quite ... fell in lust years ago with El Dorado County zins but they aren't quite as easy to find as Napa/Sonoma old vine versions.Good luck with the journey. Read More

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  • Elyse White Rhone Blend California l'Ingénue Naggiar 2011

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    Rich and well balanced Rhone blend. Apricot and fig with a touch of tartness, nice bit of glycerin on top of decent acidity and some interesting citrus on the finish. Read More

    Wine review by vin0vin0


  • Villa Mt. Eden Orange Muscat Sierra Foothills Amador County

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    I AM NOT A WINE DRINKER,BUT THIS ORANGE MUSCAT BY VILLA MT EDEN IS ABSOLUTELY SPECTACULAR-I AM A WINE DRINKER NOW!! Read More

    Wine review by cheggie3


  • Any good wine events in Amador/El Dorado county the weekend of October 19th? Read More

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  • Elyse Zinfandel Sierra Foothills 1998

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    Translucent, purple color. Uh-oh, oxidized aroma is the first nose sensation. On the palate I do get some oxidized flavors and a lot of fruit--blackberries, prunes. With that profile there is definitely the sweet thing going on, here. Medium-bodied and no tannin to speak of. There was probably no reason to keep this wine so long. US$13.99 ... Read More

    Wine review by EMark


  •  We had a plan, get in early, get out early. It seems like a lot of people had the get in early plan. In years past we would show up around 11:15, park close and hit the tent before the crowd built. Well not this year. The front parking lot filled up as we approached so we parked across the road and hoofed it in. The place was a zoo from the mom... Read More

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  • It's Fremont, and it's near the Mission San Jose school district, so ... ... and the Grenache from El Dorado county are called Mais Fica, which, according to the label is Portugese for "More for me." I liked that it was a pair, and from a good year.  The shop isn't ideal for storage but it's only a few years since release, so I took my chance... Read More

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